Max range for the 6.5x55 deer in mtns

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by M_freeman, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. M_freeman

    M_freeman Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking of 6.5/284 for a high country deer rifle, but after reading up on the 6.5x55 that may do what I need and maybe even with an off the shelf rifle. What do you guys think is the real world effective range on mule deer from an off the shelf production rifle like the Tikka on deer, providng optimum shooter skills? 130 gr - 140 gr VLD bullets.
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    same as the 260 rem in my opnion 800 + yards if everything goes 100% perfect. Bigger is always better when your putting it out there.
     

  3. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    If you go up one step in power from the 6.5-284 you get the 264 Win Mag. And the ballistic equivalent of that is the 270 WSM. Hows that for a off-the -shelf caliber?

    You pays yer money and you takes yer choice. :D
     
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Even the 6.5 Lapua will kill deer out to 1000 in the hands of the right shooter, but faster and flatter with pinpoint accuracy wins with me every time.
     
  5. M_freeman

    M_freeman Well-Known Member

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    and apparently with a lot less recoil as well
     
  6. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I've shot the 6.5 Lapua and Grendyl as well as .260.

    There's no significant difference in recoil in any of them. All were on AR pattern rifles too.

    I went with the .260rem for myself based on a long list of criteria. If I'd been building a bolt gun instead of AR though I'd have probably gone with the 6.5rem mag or 6.5x284.
     
  7. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

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    Amen on the 6.5 rem mag the best obsolete caliber there is with a lot of quality that is unknown to many shooters. It just needed a longer barrel to bring out the good in it. as good as the 264 mag any time.