6.5/.284, 7 SAUM? mid range/mid weight rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by EXPRESS, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. EXPRESS

    EXPRESS Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to put a rifle together that weights around or under 10lbs, 24" scoped, 24" barrel for shooting (and hunting) in the 300 - 700 yard bracket.

    I have been yearning for a 6.5/.284 for a few years now, but now looking at it, there doesn't seem to be much I can't do with my 7mm-08 that I could do with the 6.5/.284 - other than the high BC 140gn bullets carrying energy better downrange and an extra 100fps or so. This edge is marginal, though tantalizing.

    Now, I am a little limited by laws here as to what I can do with a "custom" rifle, so I don't have a lot of choices.

    So I've been thinking about the 7 Saum cartride, it has a similar trajectory with a 160gn bullet as the 6.5/.284 with the 140gn.
    This cartridge just doesn't have the appeal of the 6.5/.284 somehow, even though it may hit harder and fly flatter.

    Is my logic flawed here?

    I want something that is fairly light recoiling, light weight enough to carry in the mountains, without being an ultralight and does the job better than the 7mm-08 (which is my ultrlight 6.4lb rifle, scoped & loaded) out past 300.
     
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  2. bluedeer

    bluedeer Well-Known Member

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    6.5x284 verses 7rsaum

    I had and used a 6.5x284 for L.R. competetion at our club.I did o.k. with it,but burned the barrel up at about 700 rds.Im sue some of it was my fault because I wouldn't let the barrel cool down when shooting groups.I am know using a 7rsaum.I like it better,I think if you run the numbers on it using the 180 Berger at 2800fps its better than 6.5.The barrel life should be better imho.Archie
     

  3. EXPRESS

    EXPRESS Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Bluedeer, I have been thinking about it for awhile now and figure there isn't much the 7mm-08 can't do the 6.5-824 can, while the 7SAUM has a marked advantage over both of them. I am still attracted to the high BC 6.5 bullets so I'm not sure what I'll do yet.
     
  4. James H

    James H Well-Known Member

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    I just started doing load development for my 7mm saum 1000yd light gun and so far I am very impressed with it. 3000 fps is easily attainable in my rifle with 180 Bergers, only a 27.5" barrel. I started with 300 saum Norma brass because I got it cheap, I have now switched to 300 saum Nosler brass which is what I had the reamer ground for, the Nosler brass is good stuff:). I built the rifle with the thought of using 162gr A-max bullets and have just worked with the Bergers for a comparison, so far I like the A-max bullets better but I haven't shot it at 1000 yet.
    James
     
  5. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Not to sure what gun your 7-08 is chambered in but swapping it over to 7mmSAUM would be pretty easy , just rechamber the barrel and a little work to the action and your done. The 7mmSAUM will balisticaly beat the 6.5-284 and also hit alot harder. The 162gr A-max would make an awsome bullet for deer at 700yds , planty of thump and the fragile bullet will open and expand well at that range. Heck even the old 284 Winchester would be a good round for a rechamber cantidate , you should be able o get 2900fps out of a 160class bullet and a 24" barrel.