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Old 10-16-2011, 06:20 PM
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6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

I have a rem 700 BDL long action that I have decided needs a new tube. Not a magnum action, bolt face and magazine set up for 25-06 currently. Has a very nice looking stock, but is not a shooter.

I have decided on .264 for sure, as I want to use this for long range hunting and just love the bullet selection etc. No debate here.

But which choice? 6.5-06 would be easy, BUT I do not really like the idea of incorrectly stamped headstamps and lack of comercial ammo (though I am an avid reloader).

260 rem really makes no sense, given that I have a long action.

6.5x284 has been my most recent choice, but this is a hunting rifle. Second and third shots sometimes do happen. My concern with 6.5x285 is one of how easy it will be to make sure the gun feeds and chambers reliably.

6.5x55 might be a choice, but I have Swede already and I try to avoid loading for two or more guns of the same cartridge.

I do not believe I can get a .264 Win Mag in there, so that's out of the question, and furthermore, I am not a belted magnum fan, from a barrel and accuracy standpoint.

This will be a pretty much "no holds barred" gun -- I want it to be fine looking and a tack driver and I have as much money as needed. The BDL action is a keepsake, given to me by my father. I want to keep the wood stock and blued action to keep a traditional look and for the sentimentality.....

Soo...

Am I missing anything here? I want a potentially commercially loaded cartridge or at least one that I can get with a proper headstamp. I want it to feed well, and reliably. I want inherent accuracy.

I posted this similar question a couple years ago, but I am curoius what has changed. Have been reading and searching and cannot quite make up my mind to move forward.
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

6.5x284 or the 6.5-06 get my vote. I have never heard of issues regarding the 6.5x284 and feeding. Also its a SAMMI approved round but you will have to make sure your smith cuts you chamber for factory ammo ie SAMMI spec.
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

I know it isn't a .264, but I would go with a 280AI.
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

6.5x284

Competition proven accurate, silly easy to make shoot, headstamped lapua brass
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

6.5-06 AI all the way - a 6.5-284 makes no sense on a long action, you'll have feeding problems without working things over a lot. For wildcats - 6.5-338 RUM (6.5 Allen Mag), 6.5 WSM, 6.5-300WM, or 6.5 STW - all will fit in a long Remy. I have a 6.5 WSM on a long action M70 - had to do a lot of work to the mag box to get it to feed right, but it allows me to seat the bullet out of the case......
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

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6.5-06 AI all the way ......
Doesn't Quality Cartridge make brass with that head stamp?
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Re: 6.5mm on Rem 700 LA, help me decide which cartridge...

You could definitely get a 264 win mag in there. I have a rem 700 LA in 30/06 that I re-barelled to 7mm rem mag. The smith opened up the bolt face and fitted a sako style extractor. There is heaps of room in the magazine, even with a 168 berger loaded to touch the lands.
The belted magnum reloading issue is all rubbish. I just full length size all my brass and would be on the 5th reload so far.

If you want to stick with correct head stamp then you seem to be stuck with 6.5/284 or 264 win mag.

Otherwise the simplest would be 6.5/06.
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