6.5x284 - How good?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Jerry D, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Jerry D

    Jerry D Active Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    How do you guys rate this caliber for long range hunting?

    I see in the poll on the homepage that the 6.5x284 is rated #1 for peoples next long range hunting rig.

    What is the largest game you'd feel free to take with it and at what range and with what bullet?

    It is really starting to appeal to me as I want an effective caliber with lower recoil.

  2. TheReeper

    TheReeper Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2008
    The 6.5x284 is a super accurate rifle for long range hunting. I have used it for P-Dog hunting out to 1500 yards. The 6.5x284, with the right bullet, will easly take down an elk at 1000 yards.

  3. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2008

    The 6.5x284 definetily has its place and is a good deer rifle and elk at moderate ranges but it is not a 1000 yard elk rifle. Not to start a fight but it just does not carry the energy needed to take down an 700 lb animal consistantly at the longer ranges. Yeah I know it probably has been done but its not the norm.
  4. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007


    Mine has been working fine on deer.
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    i have 2 6.5 -284's . they shoot very good and do real well in the wind. if i was going to shoot an elk or big deer far away ; or trophy deer i would take either my 7mm rem or MY 300 WIN MAG. i have a choice . but the 6.5 -284 is a great cartridge. the last elk(6by6) i shot . 26 yards with a 30-06. roninflag
  6. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2007
    My opinion, no more no less. The 6.5 cal is a terrific caliber. Great bc's, and high sectional density. With a dedicated hunting bullet, I would consider it a good 400ish yrd elk rifle. Use a bullet like the 130 Accubond or the 130 Scirocco. Shoot deer and antelope as far as you are comfortable or about 800yrds. That is where you will drop below the 1800fps mark.