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Old 11-04-2011, 10:35 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

6.5x55 swede, great/accurate/mild recoil, easy to load for. good for elk up to your 500 yd. figure
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:46 AM
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with 6BR you can shoot woodchucks at 500 yards and with 105 - 107 gr bullet take out any deer size game, my favorite load 95 gr Berger VLD with 31 gr Varget and CCI BR4 primer, it holds less then 2" groups at 500 yards.
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

Good reply. I find thesame thing with 308 and even my 7mm WSM. I am not a super long range shooter and 3-500 yards is still an exciting hunt distance.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:25 PM
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Lots of good options out there but I would personally be looking at something in 6.5 for the purpose you mentioned. The 260, 6.5x47, and 6.5x55 would be at the top of my list. They offer everything you are looking for. Yes, the 308 is going to get more barrel life but the above mentioned are no slouches in this regard. I would put barrel life at the bottom of the priority list anyway since all the cartridges we are talking about are going to be more than sufficient and terminal performance would be at the top of my list.

Very Low recoil
Excellent ballistics
Very good SD
Very popular so lots of factory ammo if needed and lots of great bullet options
Lapua brass

Lots of great 6.5's to consider.

Good Luck!
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:08 AM
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Cheers to Scot, I have a 6.5x55 and there is a ton of ammo out there and in every gun shop and it is incredibly accurate with fantastic terminal performance. That's why it has survived 100 years. In Europe it is still today the #1 deer and moose choice. Before the 6.5x284 there was the 6.5x55 swede! You can get about the same performance if your gun is a new action and you load it around max.
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Cheers to Scot, I have a 6.5x55 and there is a ton of ammo out there and in every gun shop and it is incredibly accurate with fantastic terminal performance. That's why it has survived 100 years. In Europe it is still today the #1 deer and moose choice. Before the 6.5x284 there was the 6.5x55 swede! You can get about the same performance if your gun is a new action and you load it around max.
The other nice option about the 6.5x55 is that Howa now offers that cartridge in a number of configurations. So you can get one of the most accurate out of the box rifles in a very fine caliber. And for 500 yards or less you aren't going to need to go custom to get the kind of performance and accuracy you need to be very successful. Howa rifles are excellent! All the extra money saved can be spent on a high quality scope and you have a very sweet setup!
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:49 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

6.5x55 hands down they are very accurate and with 140 gr bullet will hit harder at 500 yards than most 308s. I run a 6.5x55 improved and get over 2000 rounds at 3000fps out of my barrel before I change them out, and that barrel will still shoot 5 inch groups at 500 yards on a good day.
In a 6.5x55 stock chambered gun 3000- 4000 rounds are common with very good accuracy. The thing that the 6.5 has going for it is the very high B.C. bullets that's mostly because it was mostly a European caliber for years and they tend to look and shooting a little differently than North Americans. In North America we tend to go for light and fast bullets and give up a lot in B.C. that's great out around 300 yards but after 300 yards and even more so past 500 yards it is more a game of not how fast you start but fast you finish and that when the 6.5s rule. The 7MM can do very well also but tend to have a lot more recoil and not nearly as pleasant to shoot as the 6.5x 55 or many other 6.5s available. As a caliber 6.5s are very hard to beat and as a case the 6.5x55 has a very long track record of gettig the job done.
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