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6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:32 AM
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6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

Good morning all.

I am in the process of putting together a rifle that I wanna use for Antelope hunting and maybe deer once in a while. I have it narrowed down to the 6.5 bullet. I am leaning towards the 264 Win Mag mostly for nostalgia. I like the idea of the 6.5-06 Aky but I have no idea where to get reloading dies, headspace gauges, etc....

Any help would be great....

Thanks
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

I have a 6.5-06 "standard" built on a savage action that I've pretty well shot out. It shot the 140 Berger VLD hunting bullet right at 3000fps with a stiff load of R-25 1/2 MOA for about 1,000 rounds and has deteriorated to a 1 MOA tube :( I was considering going to the AI chambered 06 in the new barrel, but have decided to give a 28" 264 win mag a try this time just to try something a little different this time. Dies aren't too difficult to get for the 6.5-06AI just a quick google search should settle that issue same for the headspace gauges. I don't think either choice is a poor one. Just be sure that you get at least an 8 twist so you can take full advantage of the high BC 140g class bullets. IMO look to a 28" barrel to get full velocity out of either chambering. In the end, pick the one you like that best fits your circumstances and enjoy it. As a hunting rifle it should last a lifetime as a "target" gun a 1,000 rounds is about the end of it. Stainless barrels are supposedly good for a little more than 1,500. I shall see...
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:06 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

Thank you so much for getting back to me on this. I am still on the fence on which one to go with. I love the idea of the speed for the 264.... also getting dies is really easy so is converting 7mm mag brass.... but the 06AI might just have the same speed.... or close...

I am working on a Savage action as well. If I go the 06 route I wont have to change the bolt face which is back ordered EVERYWHERE!

Its funny one morning I wake up and have my mind made up and its the 264.... then by dinner I can find more than one reason to go to the 06! lol
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:26 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

I "think" the 06AI is capable of getting pretty darn close to the 264 win in velocity. Case life may be the drawback of the 06AI if you drive it hard. I get four loads out of my 6.5/06 before primer pockets get a bit loose and I pitch the brass. I have the magnum bolt head on back order myself currently...
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:15 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

The 264 has always been a cartridge I've wanted to build a rifle around.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:30 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

I chose the 6.5-06 built by jerry at newman precision in elk city oklahoma. we built it with a 8.5 twist brux #3 at 26" on a donor 700 long action. Lots of guys are using this twist for 260's so why not this cartridge too. Anyway I had no intention of shooting the berger 140. My load is a130 scirrocco at 3090 fps with n560. That is right on the heels of the 264 and alot less powder. nosler sells their 264 ammunition with the 130 accubond rated at 3100 fps so there you go.

Jerry already has the reamer... Just sayin'
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:13 AM
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Re: 6.5-06 Ackley or the 264 Win Mag

I have owned the 6.5-06, 264, and the 6.5-06 AI (current rifle). With a 26 inch barrel I think the speed of the 264 and AI will be within 50 fps, but all three will be very close.

Stretching: AI>264>06
Ease of brass prep: 06>264>AI
Ease of accurate loading: AI>=06>264
Light Recoil: 06>AI>264
Consistent velocity: AI=06>264
Reloading dies: 264>06>AI

This is not perfect data, I understand the short comings of my anecdotal evidence, but I think you will find similar results. The 06 case is near perfect for this bore size and inherently very accurate, the same can't be said for the 264. I choose the AI because of the case design and long range performance. YRMV, but there aren't many 264 target guns out there. Talk to owners of all three and see how that 264 compares to the 06s.
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