6.5-284 vs 6.5-308

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by winmagman, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the process of choosing a 6.5 caliber rifle. This isn't going to be competition gun just an "accurate as I can get it" hunting rifle.
    I'd like to just buy a factory rifle and rebarrel it in one of these two choices, but I've read that the 6.5-284 requires a long action if you want to use the magazine and may require magazine & feed rail work. Would the same be true of the 6.5-308 if I bought a rifle already chambered for 308 then rebarreled it?
    Also any information on recoil and velocity differences or any other pertinent facts would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. RuffHewn

    RuffHewn Well-Known Member

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    The .260 Rem is the .308 and .243 case necked to .264", 6.5mm. I was extremely impressed with a Savage 10FP in .260Rem some time back.

    Winchester short-actions are longer than Remington short-actions and handle the 6.5-284 just fine. The downside is it takes more shop time for a gunsmith to correct the lugs and recesses on a Winchester.

    The 6.5-284 has slightly more recoil than a .260Rem but both are very mild in 14 lbs rifles.
     

  3. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RuffHewn. You wouldn't by any chance know where the savage action falls for length would you? I was kind of leaning towards a mod.12 bvss because I've heard they are the easiest to rebarrel.