6.5 Remington Magnum Advice
I have been on the lookout for quite a while for a long range hunting rifle for coues deer here in Arizona. I have always been partial to the looks of the "classic" hunting rifle with wood stock blue barrel etc, but decided I wanted to get a longrange gun that I could carry without worrying about dinging up the stock. So that is when I decided I wanted a 6.5x284 in a synthetic stock with a SS barrel.
However, the other week I came across a 6.5 remington magnum in a Remington 700 BDL. Apparently this gun was made in 1969 and is extremely rare (less than 1500 ever made, probably more like 700)... but I digress. I knew I would be limited by the short action but the price seemed right so I bought the gun.
I am now having seconds thoughts. It seems everyone says you need the longer action for the best performance (bullet depth, more powder, etc). What can I expect from this gun with its short action? Does anyone have any recommended loads/bullets they use for a short action gun? All I really want is a good gun for taking coues out to 500 or 600 yards.
I can always sell the gun and continue my search for a 6.5x284 in a long action gun if necessary.
By the way, I just joined the site. I knew you all would be the guys with the answers. I look forward to many more hours of enjoyment, and schooling, from this forum!!