Re: Any thoughts on a 6.5-284 for sheep hunting?
I went through the same decision process several years ago and went with a 6.5x284. It's predominately a a mule deer, whitetail rifle. Having taken numerous deer with the rifle using 140 VLD's out to about 1000 yards, it's been a remarkably accurate and effective gamegetter. I shoot a 26" Cooper 520 with a #5 fluted barrel, 1:8 twist. Also have a Savage LRH in the same caliber. I won this rifle at a match but it's 24" inch barrel is a tad narrower then the Coopers but shoots just as well with only about a 20FPS difference in velocity using Retumbo. You won't be disappointed with the 6.5x284.
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