Last year I decided that I wanted to build a custom rifle. I wanted something that would be really good for long range shooting and mule deer hunting. I did a ton of research and I narrowed it down to the 6.5-284 and the 6.5-06 Ackley Improved. I finally decided on the 6.5-06 Ackley because of the increased velocity and the ease of finding brass. I had Greg at Southern Precision Rifles barrel the action and then I did the rest of the build. I learned a lot through this project about rifle building and reloading. Rifle specs, 6.5-06 Ackley Improved Tikka T3 action Factory trigger set at 1.25 lbs Brux #5 fluted barrel 26” finished length Stock is a laminate from Richards Microfit Gunstocks Seekins 30mm scope rings Leupold VX3 6.5-20x50 LR scope I’m shooting 140 grain Berger VLDs at 3165 fps with 64.5 grains of Ramshot Magnum.