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6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

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Unread 10-15-2004, 09:39 AM
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6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

Just need some opinions on these two cartridges. I already have a bench/varmint gun chambered in 6.5-284. I'm leaning toward getting a chambering with a little more juice for a hunting/longrange hunting application. I'm looking for an appreciable 100-150 fps gain off of the 284 case. With all that said, I am not afraid of long actions or belts. I've never found any of my other standard length belted magnums to be inaccurate. Just looking at the reloading data, a 7mm Rem can put about a 100fps gap on its short mag counter parts easily. Does the same hold true for the 264, or is the performance equal. Thanks
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 12:32 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

    I grew up with a .264 and have used one a bunch on game up to elk and Kudu. At this altitude I can get 3225 fps with Nosler 140's. With a 26" tube. I have never gotten glittering accuracy with any of them that i have owned but plenty good enough for hunting big game.

    That said I now shoot a 6.5-284 more than any other rifle I own. Great round but I would like a little more speed. i will be building a 6.5 wsm as soon as I can get the cash together.
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 02:37 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

    Compared to a 264 win mag my preference would be either a 6.5 WSM or 6.5-06AI.
    Dunno, if I can give a good reason, they just seem more interesting and I feel a higher accuracy potential.

    I have a fairly new 6.5-06 it likes both 140 SST and 130 TSX, I am still playing around with load development.
    But it seems a lot like a 25-06.
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 03:08 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

    Fast is cool but a still a miss.
    Does anyone have a 6.5WSM or 264Winmag that they can say is a consistant deer rifle to 600 yards?
    Does anyone have a 6.5-284 that is a consistant prairie dog gun to 600?

    Had a 6.5WSM built that was very disapointing.I definatly was not a deer gun to 600yards,traded it for a 6-284 that will consistantly wack prairie dogs to 750.
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 04:49 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

    Thanks for the responses,
    This is all I'm doing, looking for experiences and opinions. Like I said, I already have a 6.5-284, love the thing to death, but its in more of a bench rest/heavy varmint configuration. My next gun I want to be a little more mobile, and I am pretty fond of the 6.5mm caliber. But, I already have a 6.5-284, just looking for something a little different. An accurate, powerful (140gr@3000+fps out of a 26 inch barrel) is what I am looking for. Thanks thus far for the help.
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 05:03 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag

    Have to agree with Mach V on this one, seems the 6.5WSM buzz is fading out. Most guys can't get them to shoot well. I would go with a 6.5-284, or 6.5-06.
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    Unread 10-15-2004, 05:05 PM
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    Re: 6.5 WSM or 264 Win Mag


    If your only looking to get 3000 fps with a 140 gr pill the 6.5-06 will do this easily.

    Hell my 6.5mm WSM XP-100 handgun will do +2800 fps with the 140 gr bullets with its 15" barrel.

    It is driving the 120 gr Ballistic Tips to just shy of 3100 fps with 3/8" average groups at 100 yards.

    Personally, for the velocity range you are looking for, I really like the 6.5-06 AI. They are great rounds, will drive the 140 gr bullets to honest 3100 fps levels in 26" barrels and are generally top notch accuracy rounds.

    Also very easy to load for a wildcat.

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