Re: need a bit of help with new hunting rifle
Short actions really limit our LR potential cartridges IMO.
I found with the WSMs, (300 and 7mm) that if we want to use any bullet with decent BC (over .5 G1) that we're either robbing powder capacity or having to shoot single shot.
The 6.5-284 is the same way, it really needs a long action to shine and show its true capabilities.
So, that being said; if you are dead set on a short action, 260, or 7mm-08 IMO.
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