Originally Posted by Sargesniper
The 6.5x284 is definately a barrel burner. I found out after 780 rounds! A Savage F-Class 30" Barrel. It shot great up until the end. I have since replaced it with a 30" Bartelin .260 Rem. recently. I would not replace the barrel on that Savage until it goes away. Savage has very good barrels........LARRY.
I agree. I use my 260 Savage LRP at 2750FPS for target/competition, the 6.5x284 at 2975 for hunting. I have found that the 6.5x284's life can be extended to 1000-1100 rounds when used for hunting and not running it hot like I do with my target rifles. Never got much more than that, sometimes less, from my 270, 7mm, and 300 Magnums. I would have to say though, I personally can see the advantage over the 260 with 800+ yard performance in ballistics, accuracy, and terminal performance with the 6.5x284 which is probably the reason for the strong following.