Ok. Who's shooting a 6.5 SAUM??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by CPGfan, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. CPGfan

    CPGfan Well-Known Member

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    I'm a 6.5 fanatic and am putting components together for a 6.5 SAUM. If you have one, how do you like it and how does it shoot? Are you shooting 130's or 140's and what velocities are you getting?

    I currently have a pair of 6.5-06AI's as well as a pair of 6.5x47 Lapua's but the SAUM intrigues me.

    I've owed a 6.5 WSM but it was really finicky and I was pretty disappointed in it. It shot the thick jacket 140 bergers ok (5/8") at 3325 but would never shoot the hunting ones even at velocities as low as 3000.
     
  2. Outlaw6.0

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    GAP is starting to tout the 6.5SAUM on SnipersHide pretty well. Even talking about a special rifle package just for that cartridge. Brass availability is going to be the real challenge :rolleyes:

    I have the WSM, shooting 130 CEB's @ 3400fps with 3/8" 5-shot 100yd groups. I highly doubt that a Berger will ever grace the bbl of this 6.5 as it is a hunting rifle & from what I've read, the Hunting VLD's probably won't hold up to the velocity.

    I do think the SAUM will be more efficient & do pretty much everything the WSM will do, I didn't know that when I built my WSM. But i'm happy so, I get a little more horsepower & brass is almost plentiful.:D


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    Im shooting a 7mm dakota necked down to 6.5 with berger 140g bullets at 3440. I have had no trouble with the bergers holding together at all. Killed a coyote a few days back at 634yds. Killed a deer at 303 threw the shoulder and out the other side. I had the 140s up to 3500 without any bullet problems, just my experience.:)
     
  5. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    The hybrids or the hunting VLD's.

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  6. Outlaw6.0

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    ^^I was thinking the same thing. It's a pretty well documented fact that most Hunting VLD's don't like to be pushed over 3250-ish. How many rounds do you have through your 6.5-Dakota?


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    Maybe i have been just lucky but Im shooting the hunting bergers. I have two guns in this caliber and I just went threw my 19th pound of powder. I shoot 74.6 grains of retumbo so 1800 rounds or so split between 2 guns. By the way,case life is absolutly unbelievable as i have reloaded the same cases 30 to 50 times and have only split2 necks which were etched from the extraction. it will shoot 100 grain bullets at 4018fps:)
     
  8. .284

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    Google 6.5 extreme, a fellow named Laverne has done this already done a lot of work with this cartridge and I think it's just about the perfect case capacity for a hot rod 6.5
     
  9. CPGfan

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    The only thing I could find on the 6.5 extreme was related to a 300RCM necked down to 6.5. It was not a SAUM.
     
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    .284 Well-Known Member

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    Yes you are right. I guess it's been a while but here is a link to a thread about that 6.5 and a borden rifle chambered for it. I know the author is willing to help people out and I believe he has dies and reamers for it- just join the forum and contact him
    6.5 EXTREME, Borden Timberline - Alberta Outdoorsmen Forum

    I've got a bit of a 6.5 addiction as well, would you mind sharing your 6.5 WSM experience and how you found it a bit finicky. I'm on round 2 with a 264 win. I found it a bit finicky to keep the es low when I was playing with my first one. Retumbo and 140 vld's.
     
  11. CPGfan

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    I just couldn't get it to shoot the hunting VLD'S with any consistency. 5/8" was about as good as it got with that rifle. Most groups landing in the 3/4" range.

    I hear ya on your 264wm. I've never owned one but the ones I have been around haven't shot all that well.

    I'm hoping this 6.5 SAUM will shoot or I guess I'll have to shrink the boltface and build a 6x47 Lapua!!!