6.5 Rem Mag Questions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by coyotenut, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. coyotenut

    coyotenut Active Member

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    I am ordering a new rifle and I am thinking of having it chambered in 6.5 rem mag. What are your thoughts of this cartridge? My goal is a dedicated coyote rifle for long range coyotes(5-600yards). Are there any problems with this cartridge? Accuracy, feeding issues, etc.? I am thinking of primarily using 120gr Nosler BTs.
    I ran the numbers through JBM and it appears to be flat shooting and relatively hard hitting, close to 257bee or 264 win mag. I know there may be other, better choices but I kinda want something different. I also handload so I am not worried about factory ammunition. I appreciate any input. Thank you!
     
  2. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with the 6.5 Rem Mag, But you might want a better BC bullet, You wanting to keep the hides? Or just lower the populaion? But at 500-600 A higher BC bullet really doesn't come into play, but you may want to extend your range some day.
     
  3. coyotenut

    coyotenut Active Member

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    Midwest Hunter,
    Do you mean a better BC bullet in 6.5 or go to a different caliber altogether? I kind of want to save the hides, and I also would like to hunt deer with it.
     
  4. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    Hey coyotenut, I have a 6.5 rem mag that was a rebarrel of a long action 300 win mag and a friend liked it so he had one done also. Mine was a Browning BBR 300 win mag with a detachable magazine and I put a 26" Douglas #4 contour 1 in 8 barrel on it. His was a rebarrel of a Weatherby Vanguard 300 win mag and he went with a 26" Shilen #4. Both of the rifles feed great, I would say even better than the longer 300 win mag cases.

    First question would be; are you going to have it on a short action or long action. If at all possible I would recommend the long action. In a short action those looong bullets will intrude on your powder capacity and reduce your capabilities, not to mention short actions can have feeding problems.

    I have shot 140 Sierra Game Kings, 140 gr Hornady Interlocks, 130 gr Nosler Accubonds and 130 gr Scirrocco II's, all with great accuracy. Right now I am shooting 130 gr Scirrocco II's at 3200 fps with RL17 cause they are tough bullets that won't fail.

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  5. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    It's a great caliber but there are barrel life issues with it, the .264wm and the 6.5x284.

    You can get within about 150-200fps using the .260 Rem instead and eliminate the problems with short barrel life due to throat erosion.

    After several years of making my mind up about a new 6.5 for the same applications you are looking at I went with the .260 myself and it was very smart choice in that I couldn't be happier with the results.
     
  6. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Might I suggest the Lapua Scenar 123grn or 140. They are known for not opening, but are deadly accurate. I have a feeling this would help protect the hides, give you maximum accuracy, and save the pelts.

    Tank
     
  7. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Yes but if u want to save the pelts I would prob choose a bullet that is going to stay together best. You might consider going withhold 6mn Rem mag. Little better on the yotes and will work for deer
     
  8. Twodogs10mm

    Twodogs10mm Well-Known Member

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