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Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:11 PM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

Congrats!!! Very nice looking rig. Hope it shoots really great.
I really liked the muzzle break, awesome!!!
Have fun, and keep us posted.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:09 AM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

once again..thanks to all replies..

I've been contemplating a 6.5 for my next rifle. This is looking pretty nice.

Question: Maybe I missed it but why are you not using .243WSSM brass? Is it because the .223WSSM brass has thicker necks?

My original action was a 25 I did not contemplate a .243WSSM.

If you do this Dave at Pacific Tool & Gauge.....he made the 6.5-25WSSM reamer for me....also...PM me if you want the contact info for my gun smith.

yes.....I hate breaking in barrels...

fire one....clean...

fire three....clean...

this is my first "custom" hand-lapped about SMOOTH as a Baby's butt...

anyways.....if you are in know that the wind has been kicking around 15 - 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph last Saturday morning...

Distance = 100 yards

this target was (40) rounds of Hornady 95 gr. V-MAX's strictly for fire-forming cases...I made an elevation correction after the 1st (6) and proceeded to put the next (34) through that BIG HOLE!!

Average velocity = 3,511 fps for (40) shots

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Old 11-11-2009, 10:10 AM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

I wander how hard an AR build would be...???
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:19 AM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

Originally Posted by Bravo 4 View Post
I wander how hard an AR build would be...???

D-Tech is making Uppers for the 6.5-243WSSM.

Great looking gun!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:52 PM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

Sorry to dredge up an old thread.

but im looking at making a 6.5-25wssm and wanted to find out some information as its rather scarce on the net.

Any idea's on Barrel life shooting Reasonable velocities (3000 fps or so with 140 grainers) or faster with a lighter bullet. haven't got a load or anything yet so im relying on others knowledge..

thanks for any help you provide
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:54 AM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

I use 47.4IMR 4350 w/139Lapuas, and in 28" barrel this provides 3025fps.
I calculate accurate barrel life with this load at ~1800 with 1min/shot.
I recently swapped a barrel at a shot count of 743, and I measured .006" of leade movement on it.
This is better barrel life than would be seen with a 6.5-284, but this cartridge could not possibly match 6.5-284 potential. Any implication to the contrary is flawed.

I think the 6.5WSSM represents the perfect capacity for 26cal.
Winchester's reloading 25wssm brass is very very good.

Two things to consider though:
1. WSM brass is the parent of WSSM brass. They just formed it down.
This makes it extremely thick, because WSM body thickness becomes WSSM neck thickness(~20thou). So don't even consider the WSSM for any accurate use without a plan to turn the necks. And turning necks so thick is not easy.
2. The WSSM is at magnum cartridge diameter, so you need a magnum action.
This ensures enough barrel steel around the chamber, allowing proper extraction with typical to stiff loads. The WSM/WSSM actions generally use larger diameter barrel threading.

The 6.5WSSM would be matched with a 260AI. But good 260 brass? Does it exist?
A 6.5-284 could be formed down just as the WSM was, to match the WSSM capacity. But Winchester has already done that for us.
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:17 AM
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Re: Finally!!!....completed my 6.5-25 WSSM

Awsome looking rig love the stock and brake.
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