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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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Old 03-13-2013, 10:34 AM
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The STR would be about the same as the Dakota.

Without the expensive brass Just poking fun, I haven't actually had any Dakota brass in front of me, I know it's expensive (which doesn't bother me in the least). What is the quality & strength like?


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Without the expensive brass Just poking fun, I haven't actually had any Dakota brass in front of me, I know it's expensive (which doesn't bother me in the least). What is the quality & strength like?


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I've got 100 pieces of 300 Dakota here which was going to be used for a 6.5/300 Dakota but I chickened out

The quality seems to be very good. Hornady made to Dakota specs.

What I like about the Dakota is you can chamber in a Howa/Vanguard action, which IMO is better than a 700. The case is .300 shorter than the STW with about the same capacity. The 7 has 2 less grains than the STW and the 300 has 2 more grains.

After I play around with my nitrided 6.5 WSM and 6x284 I'll make a decision on the 6.5 Dakota. RL33 is also another plus this fire breathing over bore.
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I've got 100 pieces of 300 Dakota here which was going to be used for a 6.5/300 Dakota but I chickened out

The quality seems to be very good. Hornady made to Dakota specs.

What I like about the Dakota is you can chamber in a Howa/Vanguard action, which IMO is better than a 700. The case is .300 shorter than the STW with about the same capacity. The 7 has 2 less grains than the STW and the 300 has 2 more grains.

After I play around with my nitrided 6.5 WSM and 6x284 I'll make a decision on the 6.5 Dakota. RL33 is also another plus this fire breathing over bore.


The new Hornady brass is pretty darn good stuff, IIRC they are making Lazzeroni brass now. Isn't the Howa action an Investment casting? I do like the M-16 extractor better by far but the whole "made in J-a-pan" makes it off limits for me.


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I also have a 270/300 Dakota in mind Actually got the Hornady dies on the way for that
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I also have a 270/300 Dakota in mind Actually got the Hornady dies on the way for that

Setup for the 165 Matrix right?


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Yeah, it's a cast receiver, but all the smiths I've talked to say it's just as strong as a Remmy. One piece ported bolt with Sako style extractor and a beefy integral recoil lug.

I have 2 Vanguard action projects going right now, the 6.5 and the 6 and a 700 300 RUM project. The 700 project is costing me a good bit once I replaced the bolt and recoil lug.

My Japanese made Vanguards shoot better than my Finn made Sako and I'll top it with a Japanese NF. I'm OK with the Howas. They're a good solid action for a real good price.
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Maybe. Will be pushing some of the 165 CEB's through it and hopefully Bergers new 270 bullet will be out by then
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