Only thing I've heard, is a second hand report from a guy that knew somebody that built one.
"The barrel burner from Hell!"
Therefore, the one I am building is a 7mm WSM
The big reason I liked the 6.5 is the availability of great match bullets with high BCs like the 139 Lapua. The 6.5-.284 and 6.5-'06 are both wildcats requiring some case forming.
However, the 7mm WSM is not a wild cat and both Cartaruchio and Berger make 176 and 180 grain VLDs Match Bullets with BC higher than the 6.5 bullets!!!
Therefore, my new long range Target rifle will be a 7mm WSM with a #7 pattern 3 groove 1 in 10 barrel, Winchester Action, and USO/Horus (H25) Scope 3.2-17x44/58 SN-3 Optic.
I have calculated that the 180 Barnes BC=.698 at 2850 mv will get to 1000 yards within about 25 minutes of come-up.
Rifle will also throw a 100grain Sierra Varmint pill out at over 3500 fps. (Which I am told is not a good idea as a steady diet.)
Therefore, I decided not to go with the 6.5 WSM as my first choice. The 7mm WSM is also not a Wildcat with all the attendant problems.
[ 11-05-2003: Message edited by: DMCI ]