6.5 Rem Mag

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Terry Scott, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Terry Scott

    Terry Scott Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone here have actual experience with this cartridge, using Berger 130s or 140s ou of a 26 inch barrel? Thinking of building one to primarily hunt long distance, and like it's case efficiency.
     
  2. J E Custom

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    The 6.5 Rem Mag is a good cartrige in spite of their reputation. (This was because of the rifle
    that most were built on by Remington) the short barrel,vented rib doomed it .

    With the right twist and a good chamber they will shoot sub 1/2 MOA and are sort of the first
    short mag.

    I recomend a 1 in 9 for 130 to 140 grain bullets. try the Berger's and if they dont work go to the
    Accubonds and give them a try.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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  3. Terry Scott

    Terry Scott Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the Reply. I agree.
     
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    190s? I'm thinking you meant 7mm, but saying that, what is the biggest 6.5 bullet out there? 142s? I know Paul (Wildcat Bullets) was making some 15x + bullets for his own personal use... anyone else?
     
  5. J E Custom

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    Sorry: Type o, should have been 140s.

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  6. Terry Scott

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    No Problem, I knew what you meant to write:)
    Think I could get the 140s going 3200fps?
     
  7. Jerry M

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    I built one on a magnum face 40X i had sitting around. Less than 100 rounds through it, but I like it allot. Very similar case capacity the the 6.5x284 and 6.5-06.

    I agree with the above statement that it got a bad rap, because it was chambered in short barreled carbines when originally introduced.
     
  8. Terry Scott

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    Thanks Jerry,
    Did you shoot 140s in it? If so how fast?
     
  9. J E Custom

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    The 140s averaged 2950 ft/sec and the 130s were 3150 Avg, both were with H4831.

    Both loads grouped under 1/4 MOA .

    It could be faster but i like to keep loads within reason.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  10. Terry Scott

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    Thanks, I was hoping for more, but 1/4 inch is hard to argue with.
     
  11. Jerry M

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    I was shooting 51.5 grains of R-19 with a 140 gr SST and then 140 gr Nosler OTM. This is not the fastest load at 2801 fps (per the book) but it was Nosler's accuracy load. I had an issue igniting the powder with (regular) CCI primers and was getting hangfires with this powder/primer combination. So, I was only able to get a 1 inch group.

    I pulled down the unfired cartridges and tried (regular) Winchester large rifle primers and CCI magnum primers. I did not go back and shoot for groups as I next shoot this rifle at a farm on steel. I had hits at 100, 200, 300 400 and back to 800 yards. Back at 800 I had a spotter zero me into the center of the plate then we shot at a quart sized jar of Tennerite. It make a hell of an explosion when hit, I was happy.
     
  12. Terry Scott

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    Thanks Jerrygun)
     
  13. OKIE2

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    You may but that will be pretty hot load the max is
    IMR-4350 53.0gr 3145 fps 26" barrel