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Old 11-25-2005, 04:53 PM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

I like the 6.5 Dakota idea myself but opted to build a .264 Win Mag instead. I like the 6.5mm calibers myself and wanted to push the new 6.5mm 130gr Swift Scirocco pretty fast and went with the Win Mag. That bullet from Swift has a BC of .571. I can't wait to see what it does in my rifle when it's done. If you like the Dakota idea run with it you will more than likely be glad that you did in the end.
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:35 AM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota


My 6.5mm AX is getting 3300 fps with a 140 gr Partition in a 26" barrel. I have only been able to test one load so far and will do more testing soon but it is a pretty potent round.

Wildcat Bullets offers ULD RBBTs up to 169.5 gr in 6.5mm and pretty much any weight down from that as well. There is also rumored to be an Accubond in the works as well.

A standard 6.5-300 Dakota would be a great choice for a 600 yard whitetail rifle. For all practical purposes identical to my 6.5mm AX. Performance equal to a 6.5 STW but in a much more compact package. This was the design reason for my 6.5 AX.

This is the 264 Win Mag on the left, 6.5mm AX in the middle and 270 AM on the right.

A 270 version with the Wildcat 169.5 gr ULD RBBT would also be quite impressive as already mentioned!! There will also be much heavier 270 Wildcat bullets coming out soon as well.

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Old 11-23-2008, 10:19 PM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

Guys, I have been working the loads for a 6.5 dakota and have been pleased with the results. I took a old 264 wrm and bored it to the dakota. It instantly shot patterns of 1/2 inch wiht a barrel that would never shoot better than 1 inch. I am coming close to the 7mm dakota velocitys . Yes,it does shoot faster than a 264 and much straighter. 7mm cases resize without any problems. I have reloaded some cases 20 times in load devopement with no sign of failure and they still have tight primer pockets. shoot ing 81.5 grains of h1000 with 120 grain barnes, .441 bc 3500fps love it
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:44 PM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

Any new information on this wildcat and how it worked out?
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:42 AM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

Originally Posted by remingtonman_25_06 View Post
I am thinking it would be a kick ass 600 yard whitetail getter. JMHO. Good luck.
The .260 Rem, 6.5 Rem mag, or .364 Win Mag will all make you a great 600yds deer rifle with far fewer issues to deal with and none of them will be the barrel burner that what you are looking at will be.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:25 PM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

Im still very happy with the 6.5 dakota. I have went threw 18 pounds of powder,approx 1700 rounds and have seddled with the 140 berger,74.6 grains of retumbo at 3450 fps. I respectfully disagree that a .260 or a .364??? will compete with this round. dont want so much speed then run 68-70 grains of retumbo and still get 3200 with a 140 grain.want more then go with a 108 or a 120 at 4000pfs-3600fps. Its fun to shoot this gun at 1000 yards,no muzzle brake either. my two cents
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:11 PM
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Re: 6.5-300 Dakota

Oooh how about a 6.5/7LRM! has all what your looking for with a standard bolt face.
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