26 Nosler or 6.5 Prc Hunting

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  1. 6.5 prc

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  2. 26 nosler

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  1. Rjrhino88

    Rjrhino88 Member

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    Hi,

    I currently shoot a Remington 700 7mm rem mag but I am getting the new gun itch. I was looking at the 6.5 PRC in a Christensen arms ridgeline but found a 26 Nosler for $300 off. With this money I could buy dies, brass and bullets. For a gun that will be strictly used for hunting is there any reason to get the PRC over the 26 Nosler? I handload and would be using the gun for everything up to elk in which I would probably use the 7 mag. Also barrel life is of little concern as I would shoot 20 rounds a year max with this gun.

    Thanks
     
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  2. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

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    I would choose the hp. 26n.
     
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  3. Calvin45

    Calvin45 Well-Known Member

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    I’d vote 26 nosler anyways, but with that added discount it just seems like the obvious choice. To be honest I don’t “get” the 6.5 prc. For that level of performance I’d opt for a 6.5-06 ai, at least as much case capacity, plentiful, diverse, and inexpensive brass...
     
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  4. Calvin45

    Calvin45 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve actually often had the thought that a 6.5-06 ai would be one of the most practical and useful wildcats doable. I know it’s not one of your options but could it be? If you’re interested in saving money for components a 6.5-06 on a savage long action could save all kinds of money and probably do what the others do.
     
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  5. Rjrhino88

    Rjrhino88 Member

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    I am mainly looking at the ridgeline so the options are limited to 6.5 prc, 26 nosler. I have a 6.5-280 rcbs but it is an old custom(great grandfather) with a loooong throat and a slow twist so a safe queen mostly.
     
  6. djm670

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    If one wanted maximum perfomance and only shooting 20 rounds a year, why not the 6.5-.300 Weatherby? You can buy in a Vanguard version for $497 from buds right now. Less efficient than even the 26 Nosler; can't believe I am saying that, but you would have max speed and with a $16 trigger spring have a super trigger that would break cleanly as low as 1.5 lbs and fully adjustable upwards. Could upgrade the stock at a later date, but start out with under 1 MOA accurracy..
     
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  7. Calvin45

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    Some good words of wisdom here. Don’t count out the cheap vanguards. They plain shoot and the ergonomics can’t be beat, at least in my subjective opinion. I’d opt to spend a bit more and get the accuguard (not the mark 5 accumark, the accuguard). Don’t really know if it beats the 26 nosler for performance, but certainly matches it for less money (and .300 wby brass is not too hard to find in variety for handloading, can’t say the same for nosler)
     
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  8. Calvin45

    Calvin45 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone happen to know what the freebore specs are for 6.5-300 vs 26 nosler? That would be relevant in comparing the two.
     
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    Calvin45 Well-Known Member

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    As I suspect the only way weatherbys cartridge beats noslers numbers by any real margin is with a ton of freebore as is the case with all their cartridges. Not necessarily a bad thing (at all), but not a good thing with vld/eld/match type bullets.
     
  10. Justin Schuerg

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    I just had a custom 6.5 PRC built. I'm currently working up a load for it, but it'll easily shoot .5" groups with the factory Hornady ammo. What I like most is it's pushing the factory stuff to about 2950fps and it kicks about like a 6.5 creed.
     
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  11. djm670

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    $807 for the Accuguard version vs $407 for Vanguard S2, you get a number 3 barrel instead of a number 2, both are 26 inches and you get the full length aluminum bedding block and 1.25 lbs heavier at 8 3/4#. Both with guarranttied under .99 " at a 100 yard with factory ammo. But you are right, theoretically the aluminum bedded stock should produce more accuracy.

    The case capacity of the weatherby 6.5 is 98 gr H2O vs 26 nosler 93.5 gr H2O and PCR at 67.7 gr of H2O.. Weatherby ammo with 6.5 140gr VDL listed at 3315 ft-sec. Nosler 6.5 140g accubond or match bullet listed at 3300 ft-sec. for both. So you are right, it is a toss up.
     
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  12. Buxndiverdux

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    $300 dollars off is tempting. The 26 Nosler is roughly 200fps faster all else being equal.
     
  13. blackaj

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    I don't see the 26 nos doing anything better than your 7mm, it'll recoil more too.
    With the 26 You'll likely have to continuously tweak your loads to keep up with super fast throat erosion, and It'll be toast in 600 rounds if you're lucky!

    The PRC will be fun to shoot and super accurate, plus ADG brass is available.
    I met a guy at a match shooting the PRC, and he was shooting 140's @ 3100 fps with H1000 from a 26" barrel.

    I have a 6.5 saum and its probably my favorite cartridge yet, I've taken my last three bulls with it loaded to PRC levels.
    I'd have gone PRC if it'd been around when I built my saum.
     
  14. djm670

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