Originally Posted by bajabill
I am making this same decision now and would like to hear some thoughts on the
6.5 Rem mag, and why it is always overlooked.
The main reason it is largely over looked is because it was built on the same format as the 350
Remington mag (A very short barreled 600 action with a vented rib) and was doomed to poor
accuracy and velocity for a round that should have been much better. Also at the time the 6.5
diameter bullets were not popular and choices for bullets were few.
I have built several 6.5s on blue printed 700 actions with custom 24"barrels and they are very
accurate and velocities are where they are supposed to be. And with all of the NEW bullets
they are very impressive on game.
The down side is available ammo , but if you reload they are very easy to load .
They are also belted (A problem for some but not for me).
They were one of the first Short Mags designed and at the time when Most people wanted big
and long cases not short fat cases.
As far as availability of ammo the 260 rem is still one of the easiest to buy and performs well
on deer size game out to 600 yards and has won many 1000 yard matches.
The 6.5 Rem Mag is more powerful and closely matches the performance of many wild cats.
so compare the balistics of all the 6.5s and then availability of ammo and components and
then decide which one fits your needs.
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