6.5mm hunting cartridge?

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  1. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a 6.5mm long range deer hunting round. Short action mag fed repeater only.

    Best with no consideration to barrel life?

    Best with consideration to barrel life?

    Thanks

     
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  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    6.5 SS (Sherman Short mag) or 6.5 Grendel loaded with 140 Berger VLD's...Either of those 2 will suit your purpose well.
     

  3. biggdawg

    biggdawg Well-Known Member

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    260 remington or 6.5 creedmore, plenty of factory ammo for both.
     
  4. No Fear in Accuracy

    No Fear in Accuracy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, 260 Rem or 6.5 Creedmore are a good choice.

    To me, I 'll go for 6.5x284 because I like Lapua brass and I can reload it many times. Also it shoot faster/harder than two cartridges above.
     
  5. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    6.5 SS, 6.5x47, 6.5creed, 260 Rem/260 AI.

    All short actions. 6.5SS would be better than 6.5-284 due to the short action and from what I see it outperforms the 284 by a couple hunderd FPS.

    If it were me and building a custom Short Action it would be a SAUM or the SS.
     
  6. ramrod79

    ramrod79 Well-Known Member

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    My bet in a short action would be a 260AI very close runner to the 6.5 284, kill what ever stands with 130gr bullets. Very mild recoil great barrel life.
     
  7. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    My factory mag will fit somewhere around 2.9+-
     
  8. stomp442

    stomp442 Well-Known Member

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    .260 Ackley for a do everything short action long range hunter with great barrel life and the 6.5-300wsm for the barrel burner hot rod.
     
  9. gamehawker

    gamehawker Well-Known Member

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    Here's my next 6.5mm hunting cartridge:

    New GAP Extreme Hunter in 6.5 SAUM

    It was a very long barrel life!
     
  10. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Barrel life consideration: 260rem

    No consideration: 6.5x284

    Additional benefit of these...you can get Lapua brass for them.
     
  12. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I'm very impressed with my 6.5 SS, a 140gr bullet at 3200fps easy with perfect bullets seating and cycling through a standard short action mag, nothing out there does that! The only down side is you do have to form brass so it does take a little more dedication but brass life is excellent so it's a one time deal really until we get some correct head stamp brass made! I built it on a Savage model 12 WSM action!

    The 6.5x284 is also a good one to run a 140 in the 2950fps range but it really shines in a mid or long action!
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I keep telling Rich...If he can get Lapua brass made for it, I will order brass THEN have a barrel made. LOL

    Same for the full-size 6.5 Sherman.
     
  14. .284

    .284 Well-Known Member

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    260 AI or the 6.5 saum cartridge already mentioned from gap