Originally Posted by Cruizin
Thanks Ernie. So do you feel the 6.5 x 284 will have enough barrel to burn all that powder? I already have the dies for a 7wsm but there isn't lapua or norma brass available.
Any other suggestions on a caliber? I was thinking about a 15" barrel and want the gun for varmits, deer, sheep, pronghorn, and elk at closer ranges.
I have shot some okay groups with a 15" 6.5-284 @ 1K
If you are leaning more toward elk, I would go with a 7mm.
If you are going to be using it more for a deer sized critters, varminting and steel, I would go with the 6.5.
Cartridge choice and barrel length is really a personal decision.
I have never used a 15" 7mmWSM though.
You may better suited with a 284 Win in a 15" barrel.