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View Poll Results: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge
264 Win Mag 70 11.74%
264 Rem Mag 4 0.67%
65. STW 4 0.67%
6.5-284 131 21.98%
6.5 WSM 25 4.19%
6.5 SAUM 20 3.36%
6.5 Rem 59 9.90%
6.5-47 Lapaua 50 8.39%
6.5-06 45 7.55%
Other 188 31.54%
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Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:03 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

Hey Hypersonic,
What bullets are you using on bear and how did they perform?

The 6.5mm has always been a accurate round and consistant in killing game, which I think is atributed to the bullet sectional densitys and it's common 1/8 twist rate.

Regards Steve.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:34 AM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

I voted 264 mag. After all this is america and faster is better!!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:28 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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What load do you use for elk and moose. ??
Well first Moose and Elk taken with my .260 were both cows and both were taken with the 125 partition over H-4831 using CCI 200 primers using Win 7-08 brass necked down and all the other prep work. Charge weight 49.2 grains have switched since to nosler brass and charge weight is down to 48.3 with the 125. Now I have a 140 partition load that I am pretty happy with and it kills well, but to tell you the truth I can't really see a marked diference from the 125 guess it is just a mental thing with the heavier bullets. With the 260 I like the high shoulder shot on Moose or Elk cows quick anchor and the .260 does not tear them up too bad but still puts them down quickly. Took a couple of Black bears with the 125 load too but have gone to the 140 partition for bears. Still use the 125 for whitetail and mule deer if I can get my wife to give the rifle back to me while hunting season is rolling but you guys know how it is! have to keep the Mrs happy.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:44 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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Hey Hypersonic,
What bullets are you using on bear and how did they perform?

The 6.5mm has always been a accurate round and consistant in killing game, which I think is atributed to the bullet sectional densitys and it's common 1/8 twist rate.

Regards Steve.
Nosler 125 and 140 grain partitions on black bears in the 6 foot to 6 and one half foot range with shoulder shots all bullets performed as they should and most bullets found stuck to hide on the off side beyond 125 yards. Now use 140 grain partitons when hunting bears as we hunt bears only in the fall season they are getting pretty heavy and thick with fat, probably more mental on my end as the 125 worked on fall bears with no issues and no lost animals but the 140 just gives a bit more warm and fuzzy feeling when you are squeezing on a 400 pound plus bear.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:48 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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Well first Moose and Elk taken with my .260 were both cows and both were taken with the 125 partition over H-4831 using CCI 200 primers using Win 7-08 brass necked down and all the other prep work. Charge weight 49.2 grains have switched since to nosler brass and charge weight is down to 48.3 with the 125. Now I have a 140 partition load that I am pretty happy with and it kills well, but to tell you the truth I can't really see a marked diference from the 125 guess it is just a mental thing with the heavier bullets. With the 260 I like the high shoulder shot on Moose or Elk cows quick anchor and the .260 does not tear them up too bad but still puts them down quickly. Took a couple of Black bears with the 125 load too but have gone to the 140 partition for bears. Still use the 125 for whitetail and mule deer if I can get my wife to give the rifle back to me while hunting season is rolling but you guys know how it is! have to keep the Mrs happy.
Unless you are talking really long range, my bullet of choice in the 6.5, was, and is, the 140 partition. Killed a lot of bulls with that bullet....Rich
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

I'm going to try the 130 gr TSX. See if my Creedmoor likes them. . May try the 140 AB also.
It's not that I need to use it for moose. My 9.3x64 is really perfect for moose. And if I come on a big grizzly it's even more ideal. Using it on brown bear is more of a stunt. But one that I can do.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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I'm going to try the 130 gr TSX. See if my Creedmoor likes them. . May try the 140 AB also.
It's not that I need to use it for moose. My 9.3x64 is really perfect for moose. And if I come on a big grizzly it's even more ideal. Using it on brown bear is more of a stunt. But one that I can do.

You may consider the 127 LRX over the 130 TSX. Boattail for better BC & polymer tip for more reliable exansion. The AB would probably do ok as well.

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