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Opinions on a 6.5 STW

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Unread 01-19-2013, 09:26 PM
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Re: Opinions on a 6.5 STW

congratulations on your slam.
as you may be aware the 7mm stw is a clone to the 7x300 weatherby.
and before there was a 7x300 weatherby there was a 6.5x300 weatherby.
that due to bullet availibility at the time.
in the early 50s norma introduced a 139 gr match bullet.
very soon after a man named wright from new mexico developed the 6.5x300 weatherby cartridge by necking down the 300 weatherby case.
wright was a target shooter and had no interest in developing it as a long range hunting round.
but alex hoyer of lewistown pa. a gunsmith and hunter saw the potential.
in an agreement with wright he developed the cartridge into a long range hunting cartridge. it was dubbed the 6.5x300 wwh. weatherby, wright, hoyer.
it was very popular in pa untill hornady introduced the 162 gr match bt bullet.
from that point the 6.5x300 began losing its popularity there.

today however there is a resurgance of interest in the 6.5 cartridge.
but on the short mag cases rather than the longer versions.
you didnt mention your velocity.
but similar velocities can be obtained with short mag cases using the same
bullet and considerably less powder.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 10:06 PM
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Re: Opinions on a 6.5 STW

I didn't chronograph these loads because I've swithched over to a magneto speed chronograph that attaches to the barrel. I pick an accuracy node and then load duplicates to chronograph. I'll get a chance to do that and take the load out to 600 yards next month at Malabar.
I'm well aware of the short mags, but I still like the long ones, I also have a 300 H&H which is ancient but still out performs the 300 WSM.

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