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6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

 
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:52 PM
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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!!

thanks,
azbushrat
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:16 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

You actually have 2 problems with that rifle, one is the mag length but that can be solved with a follower and loading them individually, two the real problem is your bullet selection due remingtons "wise" idea of using a 1:9 twist instead of a 1:8 to stabilize the better modern bullets.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:25 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

Oh, I guess I should add that this rifle has a 24" barrel too.

So maybe to add or rephrase...if I wanted to shoot 130 gr bullets (maybe 140), what do I loose by using this remington 700 SA vs a long action? Is the gain worth getting rid of this gun for another?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:29 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

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You actually have 2 problems with that rifle, one is the mag length but that can be solved with a follower and loading them individually, two the real problem is your bullet selection due remingtons "wise" idea of using a 1:9 twist instead of a 1:8 to stabilize the better modern bullets.
Yeah I will be limited to 2.800" for an OAL, I have already measured my magazine. Since this will be a hunting rifle I will need the magazine for any follow up shots. This is really the crux of my questions, how does this OAL restriction impact the cartridge's performance for long range hunting?

Can you elaborate on how I am limited by a 1:9 twist and how do you know it is 1:9?

thanks for your help!

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Old 04-02-2011, 10:38 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

Remington uses a 1:9 on all their 26 calibers, a 130 accubond is the biggest you will stabilize, the 130 scirroco won't even work, and at that oal you most likely won't be able to stabilize much more than 120s due to lack of speed, that round likes an 8 twist with 130-140 vld or the like with a oal of 3.1-3.150 and 3000fps+, don't sell it, its rare, but its not what your looking for.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:07 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

Give any bullet you think you'd like to try a chance.
My 6.5x57AI shoots 123s, 130 Scirocco IIs and 140 Amaxs just fine with a 1:9 twist.
Your 6.5Mag case has more room before you sink the bullet due to mag length, but the net volume should be close. Your velocities should be near mine with similar barrel lengths. Mine is 24."
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:25 AM
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Re: 6.5 Remington Magnum Advice

A wyatts mag box will give you another .100" of magazine length.
The 130 accubond will kill anything you want in the range you listed.
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