Early heads up! I spoke with a reamer maker today and I am adding a little brother, with "big brother attitude" to the 6.5 Sherman. We have had such great success with the 6.5 Sherman that I decided to build a short action version that should equal the long action versions 3200' (140 gr.-26" barrel)with 3 grains less powder. The case length will be slightly shorter than a 6.5x47 Lapua and should fit in any short action without modification. The chamber will be reamed for max performance with the 140 Berger hybrid. The parent case will be the 270 WSM and chamber will be designed for Norma brass in a "no turn" neck although ANY WSM or SAUM brass could be used. The cartridge will pretty much stick with the other Sherman designs, i.e. low body taper, 40 degree shoulder, and long neck. (.320" in this case.) Barrel life should be considerably better than the 6.5 WSM with little loss in velocity, better case life and potentially better accuracy. This would make a great F-class round and certainly a very good long range hunting round. Case forming should be 1 stroke with the SS dies and then trim to length. The first firing will finish forming the case but without much stretching. My past experience with similar forming should provide useable rounds with good accuracy. The pluses I see for this round are: short action, mag velocity, better barrel life than mag, good brass with no belt, and good accuracy potential. Rhian (Bigngreen) and I have worked together on this so don't be surprised if he might be talked into chambering one for you??
I know there are several good 6.5's out there now, but for those of us that "want it all" I think this cartridge may just fill a need. I will be ordering dies from Hornady so if anyone wants to jump on the band wagon early, let me know so they can make a run. The wait can be 5-6 months so if you want to bust a speed goat, etc, at 1000+ yards this fall, you'd better get smurfin'......Rich