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Old 02-24-2006, 12:04 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

I used Cat's reamer and built a 6.5 wsm on a Ruger #1 action.I went with a gain twist barrel and a 3.2" throat.I have put three pounds of powder through it so far and accuracy is excellent at 100yds.Best load for me so far is 66g of Retumbo and 140gr match kings and Wildcat 140 flat base bonded.For hunting 130TSX and 63gr H1000 are remarkable
with velof about 3100.Cat has a range on the Athabaska River nearFt Mcmurray and has shot a sub 1 minute group at 1300 yds.I would suggest a twist of 1:8..Good luck
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:46 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

Thanks for the info guys ,i have been reading at shortmags.org .

I have a 25-06 and am up in the air w/the 6.5 ,the 270wsm [.277] doesn't have quite the variety of bullets as the 26 and 28 caliber bullets.My 25-06 is a sporterweight barrel and will remain that,i want a heavy barrel longrange gun.So i'm trying to decide on several things such as factory action vs. custom action etc. Mike
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:23 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

mike if you want the most powder capacity look to use the 7wsm brass.
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:51 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

just look to use the 7WSM!
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Old 02-26-2006, 02:25 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

Can someone direct me to some info on the 270/7mm WSM.

Over at shortmag.org they really love the 270wsm.Many of them get great accuracy from it w/the 140 accubond and many other bullets for that matter.
The A-Max was one of the bullets i really wanted to give a whirl ,one of the regular posters showed some groups on a gong w/the 7mm wsm 162gr a-max.That post got my wheels turning on the wsm.
Anyway from the reading i've did at -shortmag the 6.5 seems to be a great cartridge.It appears that neck turning the brass is important ,maybe thats more bench rest oriented opinions i'm not sure.
I've been handloading for about one year and have learned alot so maybe i'll stick w/a more conventional cartridge as my learning curve goes up.
As the bullets get heavier so does the recoil so the 270wsm might be for me because like i stated it will be for coyotes/chucks at longrange.
If i want to shoot a heavier bullet there are wildcats,tsx,partitions that would be good for up to elk size game animals.
I am looking at a savage fvss heavy barreled rifle in 270 wsm,i've read a lot of good things about the savages and they are american made.
I have been a remington shooter since the 70's but i'm thinking i'll give the fvss a whirl.I have really got into tinkering w/my own guns of late and there is no better platform than the savage.
Your opinions have helped me to pretty much decide so i'll post what i get when i get it.
I remember someone built a 270AM on a savage action i think,so i figure it must be 'pretty good' anyway.
I looked at the money and time involved in a custom and can't swing it right now.
Well thanks again Mike
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:53 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

when you resize a 270wsm to 6.5 the neck of the case gets thicker and a seated bullet is liable to be too tight in the chamber.If you decide to go with a 6.5 have your smith open the chamber to accept the thicker neck.As this is a Wildcat caliber you will have to tell the smith what OAL you neec.Shawn may answer that question for you.
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:07 PM
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Re: 6.5 wsm Tell me about it.

The OAL of a 6.5 WSM can vary widely.....but honestly I would suggest the 7 WSM over the 270....by far better selection of bullets and better performance.
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