6.5x06 vs 6.5x06AI
I'm considering selling my 7-08 VLS and building a 6.5x06 on a new Zastava sction that I have. I'll probably go with one of the Pac-Nor barrels at 26". It will be used primarialy to 'ring the gong' at various distances to 400yds and ocassionaly when I need a longer range deer/coyote gun. I plan on using 120gr BTs, for plinking and 125PTs or 130 Scirrocos for hunting. I really have no need or want to shoot much farther than 400yds because I dont believe in shooting farther than one can practice. I reload because It is cheaper and that I can buy custom ammo. As far as accuracy goes anything below MOA is acceptable. I would like to get 3100fps with the 120-125s and 3050fps with the 128-130s. Is this 'doable' with the 6.5x06 and using sane loads or am I dreaming a little? I have also considered the AI, but it seems too much trouble, for the gain, to me. Also, which twist would you get if the heaviest bullet that I will ever shoot is a 140PT and probably not that? Please give me your opinions. thanks, capt david
"It's not how hard you hit 'em, it's where you hit 'em." The 30-06 will, with the right bullet, successfully take any game animal in North America up to 300yds. Get closer!