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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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Unread 03-27-2013, 04:17 PM
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Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

Give them a shout or email, I got a few to give them a try cause we have been searching for a 6.5 bullet that will excel for long range hunting elk and ELR shooting, they have an excellent 142gr as well.
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

    If things don't work out with the 140CEB's i'm sitting on right now, I will do just that.


    Thanks again.
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    Unread 03-27-2013, 06:53 PM
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

    What is a 6.5 Sherman? What brass are you using? What is the capacity (H2O). What powder and primers are you using? What is the length of the Bullet?

    If you are going to tell us about your cartridge then do a reasonable job of it please.
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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    Originally Posted by 65WSM View Post
    What is a 6.5 Sherman? What brass are you using? What is the capacity (H2O). What powder and primers are you using? What is the length of the Bullet?

    If you are going to tell us about your cartridge then do a reasonable job of it please.
    I designed the 6.5 Sherman about 4-5 years ago when I burned the second barrel of my A.I. I was going to build a Gibbs but didn't like the very short neck. I was trying to get magnum velocity without going to a magnum case. I chose the 270W as a parent case and blew all but .010" taper out of the body, moved the shoulder farther forward than an A.I., but stayed with the 40 degree. The neck is a nice .300" and case capacity is approx. 75 grains H20. It is the ballistic twin of the Gibbs with a far better case design. It is right there with a WSM. I can get 3200+ with 140's in a 26" barrel but case life and accuracy are better around 3150'. I have around 1500 rounds through mine and it willstill shoot 1/2 moa. I think the long neck coupled with the 40 degree shoulder keep the flamepoint confined inside the neck better than many of the 6.5's. With the 160's at 3050 that Rhian was referring to, it is difficult to find anything that will shoot flatter or buck wind better .......rich
    270 left Sherman on rightFavorite 6.5 Cartridge-dscf0488.jpg
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    Unread 03-27-2013, 11:17 PM
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

    Hey Elkaholic,
    You have made a perfect job with the 6.5 Sherman, maximising case capacity, functionality and ballistic performance.
    Nice one .

    Regards Steve.
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    Unread 03-27-2013, 11:21 PM
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

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    What is a 6.5 Sherman? What brass are you using? What is the capacity (H2O). What powder and primers are you using? What is the length of the Bullet?

    If you are going to tell us about your cartridge then do a reasonable job of it please.
    I have used mostly H1000 or Retumbo with cci BR-2 or F210 primers. The length of the 160 Matrix is 1.49", the 142 Matrix is 1.380". I use the same die setting for both bullets as the nose is the same, just a little longer for the heavy bullet.
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    Re: Favorite 6.5 Cartridge

    It's a good thing someone has pics to post, mine are on my phone which unfortunately has been MIA for a couple weeks now

    Before dad started shooting the 160 in his 6.5 I was able to out class it with the 165 Matrix from my 270 WSM but shooting them sided by side with this heavy 6.5 bullet he's holding less wind and the wind is not trashing them like many others, I hope the on game performance will be as good as the other bullets from Matrix has been!!

    Hopefully they perform the same in the 6.5 SS, that kind of performance in a true short action chambering would be awesome!!
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