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Savage 6.5x284 Lightweight hunter?

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Unread 05-07-2011, 09:23 PM
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Savage 6.5x284 Lightweight hunter?

Howdy I'm looking at buying my nephew one of the new Savage lightweight rifles in 6.5x284 these rifles are equipped with a 20" barrel. What kind of velocity do you think a 20" barrel are possible with 130 and 140 grain bullets. Thanks for your input and time.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 11:00 PM
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Re: Savage 6.5x284 Lightweight hunter?

Not a very practical caliber for a younger shooter especially if you don't reload. Also I'm a big savage fan but the whole lightweight/short/pencil barrel is not a good choice for a 6.5x284 it will almost drag it down to 260 rem levels and the barrel won't last long. You will be hard pressed to get 2850 with a 140grn. If your set on a 6.5x284 you may wanna take a look at the 110 predator hunter instead.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 10:18 PM
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Re: Savage 6.5x284 Lightweight hunter?

Yep, I'd have to agree. In fact, I think 2850 might be out of reach. I'd guess 2700 to 2750 with a 140. IIRC, Savage has various offerings in 6.5-284 that seem to be at 2" barrel intervals from 20" on up. I'd start at 24" and go up from there.

If you are buying the rifle to be a lightweight hunting only rig, I would look at the 16FHSS in 270 WSM. It's only 6.9 lbs.
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Unread 05-10-2011, 07:48 PM
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Re: Savage 6.5x284 Lightweight hunter?

With a 20 inch barrel, I would go with a .260 or better yet 6.5x55 velocity will be nearly identical with less powder burned. You may get 50-100 fps difference with the 6.5-284 but the cartridge requires 24 inches of barrel to be of any benefit. 26 to make it shine.
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