6.5-06 or 6.5-06 A.I.

Len Backus

Staff member
May 2, 2001
6.5-06 or 6.5-06 A.I.
I've got an extra M700 long action laying here that I've been kicking around for a while. Anybody have any hands-on experience with either of these cartridges? Recommend one over the other? Is it worth going A.I. on it? I've just taken a real interest in doing one or the other, help me decide which one.
posted April 14, 2001 06:13 PM

Fergus Bailey

From: Australia
Registered: April 12, 2001
Posts: 11
Either one can shoot very well if built to a high standard. I prefer the AI myself because of the usual Ackley benefits. I plan to build one on an old Rem 700 action I have on hand, but its about number 4 on my priority list right now.

A friend of mine has a 6.5-06 AI and has had very good results with it. When I was at the IBS 1000yd Nationals last year, I was very surprised to see how well Tina Harris shot her 6.5-06 (std, not the AI). Just goes to prove either can shoot.


posted April 16, 2001 09:08 PM


Well-Known Member
May 9, 2001
I don't kno about accuracy, but the AI version is actually slower than the original. It tells you about it in Cartidges of the World. A friend of mine had the original and rechambered, sure enough, it was slower. I am considering the 6.5/284. That caliber is tearing up at Williamsport 1000 yard shoots and is a more inherantly accurate case than others are. I am having one built by Howard Wolf in a few months on a trued 700. Actually, I am in the market for a new 700 action but without the safety lock on the bolt shroud. I want the ols style, if anyone knows where I ca buy one, please let me know.

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