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Old 06-20-2012, 06:18 PM
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6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

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A while back Len Backus and I were on the phone discussing future articles. After talking a while Len said, "John, you are really stuck on the 6.5mm?" I had to think a moment and said "Len, I guess you are right." Let it be known I am a hunter first, reloader second and a non-competitive target shooter. I expect most of my rifles to shoot MOA or better and will not keep one that does not. Several years ago I was shooting 6mm cartridges. I felt that the 6mm Remington was the best Texas whitetail cartridge available and pretty much still feel that way. Slowly the 6.5 s came to my attention. First it was the .260 and it went on from there up to a custom 6.5-06. So naturally when Lapua came out with the 6.5x47 I just had to give it a try.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:58 AM
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

How does the calibre compare with the 6.5 Creedmore you tested..not the rifle (this one seems a keeper) the calibre ?
Do you just not feel is has the power to drive the 140gr VLD bullets ?
Great Trijicon scope, have you considered a custom turret for the 130VLD load ?
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:36 PM
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

I tried the 140 VLD and they shot real well. The velocity is close to the 6.5C. I have found each cartridge has a bullet weight range that is optimum and in the 6.5x47 it is 120-130gr. In some cases the 6.5x47 matches the 6.5c and the .260 but can't beat them. The case design handles pressure very well, the recoil is light (great for me) and barrel burn out is less likely. Is this an elk cartridge? I think with the right bullet under 400 yards it could do a nice job. Yes, this is a keeper for me. I even ordered another one in a light weight to carry hunting. The Trijicon was excellent. It is hard to express this in writing without actually looking through one. I am not sure a custom turret is available.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:38 PM
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

It can push a 140gr bullet at over 2700 fps and the accuaracy is good but it realy shines with 120-130 gr. bullets. It is close to a 6.5C but a little short in velocity. This round was designed for accuracy. They are not exactly the same. If I want to shoot 140gr bullets for accuaracy and velocity I use 6.5x284 or 6.5-06.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:24 PM
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

Good article. I too like the 6.5x47.

However I have one issue with your article:

Cooper Rifles, though pretty nice, are NOT considered custom rifles, by any standard. They are production rifles. And those blueprinted and bedded semi custom Rems that I have had have all shot better than any cooper rifle I have ever shot, and cost half the price.

But other than that, I agree with just about all you said in the article.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:57 PM
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

Thanks for reading the article. Do you own a Cooper? Like I said in the article I do own some Rems as you described but for this article I chose Cooper. " Custom" is different to everyone. I guess a real custom rifle would be made by one gunsmith, ground up. To each their own, I like Cooper rifles along with a several others, as long as they are accurate.
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Re: 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

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Thanks for reading the article. Do you own a Cooper? Like I said in the article I do own some Rems as you described but for this article I chose Cooper. " Custom" is different to everyone. I guess a real custom rifle would be made by one gunsmith, ground up. To each their own, I like Cooper rifles along with a several others, as long as they are accurate.
A custom rifle is one that uses a custom action and a custom barrel. A semi custom uses a factory action blueprinted and bedded with a custom barrel.

I have never owned a cooper but have plenty of access to several. Nice guns. Not worth the money in my opinion, but fine rifles. Their action is nice and Wilson barrels are ok. They are very good for production barrels.

They a fine rifles. Just not custom is all. But that really doesn't matter. I have seen poorly smithed BAT with Bartlein bbl custom gun that shot terribly. So you are right, it is all about how they shoot.
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