6.5-284

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by dakor, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. dakor

    dakor Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine and I were talking today about what he wants out of a rifle. My friend tells me he wants a cal that will be accurate have mild recoil and not shoot a lot of powder. He then says he wants to be able to shoot deer out to 800 yards and Elk out to 600 yards. I mentioned the 30/06 and 308 but he said no thanks. I said I guess my next choice would be a 6.5-284. He then said that he had done some reading on it and was very Interested in it. What do you guys think?
     
  2. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. Great choice. My six-five has more energy at 1000 yards than my .300 winny! Of course, I'm shooting the 140 Berger vld's with a bc around .650 out of a 30" barrel!
     
  3. 7ultra

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    I think the 6.5 would definately have enough punch for the game animals that you mentioned. Given his criteria, the 6.5 fits the bill pretty well. Personally, I am fully confident with mine. One question is, what kind of gun is your friend looking for. Are these 600 -800 yard shots going to be routine in matter, or just the hypothetical max? Plus, what is a lot of powder/recoil. This quesion sort of ties in with the "what kind of gun" does he want. Objectively, the 6.5 does not burn a terrible amount of powder less than some of the short mags. Heck, my 7 Rem eats 61 or 2 grains of powder, compared to my 6.5 which takes 50 grains. Granted, a 20% increase in powder is significant, but if your plopping down the money to build a 6.5-284, it should'nt be too burdening. Now on recoil (and this ties into range), if one were to build a heavy enough rig, then a magnum wouldn't kick all that bad, and it would definately have the legs for an 800 yard shot(plus added stability etc). So, before getting set on the cartridge, I would tell your friend to evalute a little more on how he is going to use this rifle. 800 yard shots are a good start, but is this going to be 800 yards after hiking 6 miles, or from a rest close to the road? I would weigh those factors just as heavily as I would the cartridge. That being said, I like my 6.5.
     
  4. dakor

    dakor Well-Known Member

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    Well as for the recoil I have a 6mm-284 and he loves shooting that but for Elk it is a little small. So I figured recoil wise a 6.5-284 would be close to my 6mm-284. As for the range I would say most of his shots would be 500 yards or less.
     
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    dakor Well-Known Member

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    Well I just got off the phone with my buddy he said he is going with a 6.5-284. Now I have another question what twist do you need in this cal? He will be shooting bullets in the 120 to 150 grain range.
     
  6. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    dakor
    For that weight range he'd probably be best suited with an 8 twist. Could shoot the lighter bullets with less twist but for the 140s and up 1:8 fits the bill.
    Chris
     
  7. 7ultra

    7ultra Well-Known Member

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    I can only give you my experience with my gun in terms of recoil. The gun weighs 14 pounds, and is an absolute pussy cat and I shoot max or near max loads with 140 grain bullets. That said, this is with a heavy varmint contour barrel and hv mcmillan stock. I would imagine in a lighter gun, say 7-8 pounds, recoil would be in between the 260 and 270. Recoil would be a little heavier, but not at all uncomfortable.

    In terms of range, I think he will have more than enough gun. Deer will be in real trouble, as will Elk with good bullet placement. In terms of twist, I would recommend a 1 in 8. That will give him the best twist for the heavy bullets (140s), which will be perfectly at home for the LR sport.
     
  8. D.P.

    D.P. Well-Known Member

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    An 8-twist Broughton 5-C, oops you said twist not brand /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  9. dakor

    dakor Well-Known Member

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    Rimfire that is pretty funny because my buddy wants me to pick the barrel out for him and that is what it is going to be. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif Do you have one? If so what kind of velocity are you getting with it? He wants a 28inch finish and I told him a 5 1/2 Varmit Sporter would be the way to go. Thanks for the input guys.
     
  10. D.P.

    D.P. Well-Known Member

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    Yes 28" 7.75 heavy varmint SMK 142's at 3010 fps
    140 A-Max like 2900 fps
    H-4831
     
  11. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    I would also recommend the Broughton 8 twist 5C.