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6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

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Unread 09-13-2013, 04:21 PM
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6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

Of the two, which one makes a better long range rifle. A friend of mine swears by his 6.5 X .284 for mild recoil and sub MOA out to 650 yards with handloads and Berger bullets. I have always leaned to the 7mm, what does everyone else think.
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

    6.5-284 has better brass and outstanding ballistics with little recoil Like you said. The 7mm is a great cartridge but I don't care for the belted magnums just my personal preference. The 280 Ackley would be a good one or even the straight 284 win. With 168-180 grain bullets they should be able to provide the same great wind bucking ability of the 6.5 and provide more energy on target with not a whole lot more recoil.
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

    Looking at external ballistics id say flip a coin.
    Maybe even lean toward the 6.5x284 for lighter recoil

    Hunting id take the 7 mag
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

    Umm, just because of ammo availability 7mm
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

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    Umm, just because of ammo availability 7mm
    He handloads.


    For 650 yd shooting, the 6.5x284 would be a great way to go. The 7 mag is a good rifle but I too just don't like the belted mags. If you want a 650 yd 7, maybe do a 284 and neck up the 6.5x284 Lapua brass. It is good stuff.
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

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    Looking at external ballistics id say flip a coin.
    Maybe even lean toward the 6.5x284 for lighter recoil

    Hunting id take the 7 mag
    I think I fall into this camp.
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    Re: 6.5 X .284 or 7mm Rem Mag.

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    Of the two, which one makes a better long range rifle.
    I have both chambers, one custom one factory. Both will shoot sub 1/2 5 shot groups. The custom is a pure joy to shoot but at an additional cost. The factory is also a great gun. If I was having to choose a chamber from what you stated were the goals and only used on deer, I would pick a day of good fortune, take a coin print 7 on one side and 6.5 on the other, flip it then run to the store.

    You can't go wrong with either in a good gun....just take that gut feeling and run with it.
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