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6.5x284norma for the newb

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Unread 10-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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Re: 6.5x284norma for the newb

the 6.5 284 Winchester is no longer a wild cat it is the shorter over all length of the cartridges. The Norma I have no Idea if it is a formally adopted cartridge or not. Several of the reloading manuals carry the Norma as a separate cartridge while others only list the Winchester. No matter what its status is the Norma is extremely popular and very easy to load for. Some concerns are the differences in chambers because it tends to get a lot more custom reams of different dimensions ordered per customer needs, mostly throat length. In my small group of shooting buddys there are probably 6 or 7 6.5-284 rifles built with different thoughts and none of them have the same chamber. There really is no special concerns about reloading for them as long as you have a good basic understanding of reloading.
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Unread 10-28-2011, 05:10 PM
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Re: 6.5x284norma for the newb

Originally Posted by Driller54 View Post
Greyfox how did you go about thrusting your barrel for the vlds?
Both my rifles (savage and cooper) are commercially available rifles in 6.5x284 Norma, and came standard with a throat to accommodate the VLD bullets. This round used to be a wildcat but this is no longer the case since Norma standardized it. A lot of people, particularly competition shooters, still specify custom chambering dimensions fot this round. If you were to have a custom barrel installed on your action the most common approach would be to specify to your barrel in a 6.5-284 Norma spec chamber throated for 140VLD's and a barrel twist of 1:8. The length should be at least 26". This set-up would accommodate all the standard components listed in my previous post and still enable you to use factory ammo, or lighter bullets in Standard or VLD style. Hope this helps.

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Unread 10-28-2011, 05:49 PM
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Re: 6.5x284norma for the newb

Thanks for all the help guys!
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