First off all I would like to apologize for not putting this write up together sooner, however I have been busy... Shooting and "real life" too!!
The 6.5 Voodoo (as I named it) is a 6.5-300 win mag essentially, same shoulder and neck as a .264 win mag, but 300 win mag body. I chose to build this because I had a lot of 300 win nag brass lying around, and love wildcats that don't require custom dies, as I am a junior in highschool with a tight budget.
Now, is the performance worth it over a .264 win mag? Heck yes! I can approach 3600fps with a 140 Berger VLD! And that's with cool burning ball powders! Accuracy load runs 3441fps around 1/3 moa ES of 9.
Savage M116 LH as base
Choate tactical stock
Stockade extended bolt handle
Savage-barrels.com prefit mcgowen barrel 1-9twist
Sightron SIII 6-24X50
EGW 20moa base
Burris sig zed rings
Bedded it myself and barrel was installed by my go to gunsmith, Jeff Walker, of Walker Custom Rifles
. He usually builds all my rifles, this was just a little pet project and I got a sweet deal on the barrel!
Lots of discussion went into the barrel, I was afraid I would dust the 140s, but I have not had a single one dust, I went with the 9twistin hopes of keeping the bullet together at these extreme speeds, and it worked out wonderfully.
So far I haven't killed a deer with it yet, however still have 3 weeks to hunt here in VA (at least my county)!! Only victim so far was a full size ar500 Idpa 3/8" target at 200 or 300yards (can't remember) punched a hole COM in a tactical match...
I have been loading using Winchester brass, CCI BR2 primers, Berger 140gr hunting VLDs, and H-US869. Accuracy load is 83.3grains 10thou off the lands. This load feeds from the magazine, how's that for horsepower!?
600yards- 7.3moa drop 0.2moa wind (1mph 9 o'clock)
1000yards- 17.1moa drop 0.44moa wind (1mph 9 o'clock)
Supersonic to 1mile+ in almost any atmospheric conditions
I consider it a 1200yard deer rifle.
Id be glad to answer any questions here or by pm. I am very happy with the caliber and my rifle. Exceeded all expectations. Have 144rounds down the barrel currently, will see how long she lasts!
Thanks for reading,
EDIT: photos up on page 7!