In a long action, 6.5-284, 6.5-06 (maybe the AI?) or the 284 Win. These will all keep you in the '06 bolt face & provide great performance without beating the crap out of your girl (throw a brake on there too). I would keep the bullet diameter 7mm or lower to mitigate recoil. It was stated above that 6.5s are for goats & deer, fair statement... however, a well placed 6.5 will do much better than a poorly placed larger bullet any day of the week. It's about recoil tolerance, not bragging rights, choose a caliber she is comfortable with, if she is scared of it you will both be wasting your time.
The 284 win would be great in your 110, larger boolets for more "pop", short enough to seat long bullets & not erode powder capacity & will offer better BBL life than the 6.5-284....
If you decide otherwise, the bolt head on your Savage can be EASILY changed.
mitchell, I would build her a 6.5x284 . As for the 6.5 being enough for elk, well I have seen elk dropped at 925 yards with a 140 berger, and the swedes have been killing moose with this caliber for many years. it is flat shooting with mild recoil, HIGH BC bullets with very high sectional density's that is more than capable of taking any animal in north America except for the big bears.
Hey Fred, what kind of veloicty would you be getting out of the 6.5/06 my next build is going to be for a 6.5 bullet and was leaning hard towards the 264 win. Just curious, Jay
I haven't got it back yet, waiting on a call any day now from my gunsmith. I would be glad to let you know what I come up with when ever I find the right combo in it. I am planning on using it for deer hunting- 130gr. to 140gr. bullets.
If you go with a 264WM, you will not be disappointed at all, I have one and it is a great deer round. I shoot 130gr. Nosler AB's and 140gr. Hornady SP's and both are under an MOA, high .5 with the AB's. Be sure you get a 26in. Barrel, can't remember the velocities, forgot to record them but I know it is over 3000 fps. The recoil is very tolerable and haven't recovered a bullet yet, two holes all the time even on kills at 400 yards, 6.5 bullets are freight trains and they just work.
I forgot about it being a standard caliber so you can't built a magnum. I will have to disagree with a muzzle break, a 6.5 caliber rifle doesn't have enough recoil for it and they are TOOOO LOUD!! Will kill your ears and have to carry hearing protection everywhere you go. Just my lowly opinion
6.5x55 - mild recoil, good selection of factory ammo, and enough knockdown for anything in the U.S.....even at distance.
Of interest, last Friday, I finished maching my 6.5x55 AI. Savage long action, Rock Creek stainless 1:8 twist barrel, Leupold 6.5-20x50 Mark 4/M1 turrets, and wrapping it with a factory wood stock. Used a light varmint/heavy sporter contour to keep the weight down so this can be used as a true, hunting rifle. Plan on using this for Muley, Whitetail, Antelope, Coyotes, and an occasional long range prairie dog.
The LONG 6.5/264 bullets perform excellent. Fly flat, straight, and have plenty left at the other end - these don't shed velocity like larger calibers do. SD & BC are phenomenal when compared to just about any caliber and any bullet.
Remember, when you are looking at the loads in all of the books, those loads are designed for the 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser and other WW2 or earlier manufactured weapons. NOT the true high pressure capable actions available today.