6.5 Sherman SS Build

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  1. shovelhead

    shovelhead Active Member

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    Hello All- So I am currently looking to put together a new rifle in the 6.5 SS, and Am looking for any advice and assistance please. My initial thoughts are a Curtis Axiom, Brux #4 fluted at 24, stock a carbon fiber something/ composite, Trigger tech, and HS DBM.

    That being said.... is anybody running this system? Per a conversation with Mr Sherman the 2.86 magwell COAL listed on the website will be a issue. I’m not a huge fan of the single stack ai/ aics system. For me personally I am well aware how the function, but they are a little noisy for my taste in a hunting rifle.

    So what are some of the combinations in action/ DBM bottom metal that members have done well with for a long range hunting rifle that utilizes the case design in a short action?

    Thanks Cory
     
  2. cjl2010

    cjl2010 Well-Known Member

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    I built mine using accurate mags, so I’m not limited with COAL issues.

    FWIW my load is 147s .020 off the lands at 2.860.
     
  3. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    Could look into the Curtis Customs bottom metal/clip. Can’t remember but the length may be longer than the HS system. I was torn on what to go with as well. I hate a Mag that rattles. I’m just sticking with a BDL/ hinged floor plate with a Wyatt extended box.
     
  4. ramrod79

    ramrod79 Well-Known Member

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    I was torn on action/BM when I built my 338SS but after talking with my smith I just went KS ARMS long action @29oz. It weights 2oz more than a short action and is only 3/4 inch longer than the short so it was a no brainer. Now no COAL issues now and plenty of viability down road. I used there bottom metal similar to HS feeds like a dream no rattle.
    You will really like the Trigger Tech mine is set at 1.75 and breaks like glass I actually like it better than my Calvin elite.

    Talk with Rich Sherman but you could always do 6.5 SST a touch shorter almost same performance no COAL issues.
     
  5. CA48

    CA48 Well-Known Member

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    If building a light weight hunting rifle I wouldn't go dbm. Bdl, or a adl setup would even be more secure, no latch to pop open where your rounds can fall out. I do like the Curtis dbm set up with the Curtis flush mags. Ive had a few hunting rifles with dbm set ups and it just wasn't needed or utilized.
    I like the Curtis bm, my accurate mags are pretty tight and don't rattle. The Curtis flush mags fit very tight and secure and will not rattle. Although the feed lips are thicker being machined aluminum and will not acomadate mag cartridges like the 6.5SS . Accurate mags will allow you to seat bullets to 2.980" which is plenty for the SS but rich may have more then one reamer so I would mention you want to use a dbm set up. I asked my smith to try and mill a Curtis flush mag out to fit the SS but he was not successful.
     
  6. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    I have one 6.5SS already.
    Rem 700SA w. PT&G bolt
    26" 1:8" Bartlein #3b spiral fluted w. APA Micro Bastard brake
    McMillan Game Scout
    Timney CE
    PT&G Oberndorf BDL and Wyatt's 2.990" extended box
    Seekins alloy 20MOA Picatinny rail
    Seekins alloy 34mm low rings
    S&B PMII 5-25×56 DT

    I am gathering parts for a second 6.5SS now.
    Kelbly Atlas Tac or Lone Peak Razor TI (one of the only parts left to order)
    26" 1:7.5" Proof Sendero Light (ordered)
    Need to pick a brake (Hawkins or Area 419)
    Manners PRS2 in Tac Moola (ordered)
    Remington factory alloy BDL(in hand)
    Wyatt's 2.990" extended box (in hand)
    Timney Calvin Elite (in hand)
    Seekins alloy 30mm medium rings (in hand)
    Tangent Theta TT315M 3-15×50 MIL (in hand)
    Might swap direction to a S&B PMII 5-20×50US
     
  7. shovelhead

    shovelhead Active Member

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    Thank you for all the replies so far!
    I guess I should clarify the purpose: I am currently running a deviant, kreiger 5 flutted, manners eh-1, hs metal, trigger tech 2#. 6.5 x284. Atac f-1 4x16.
    Love the rig and I have no problems pushing 140 vlds at 3125.
    Basically I would like to duplicate the rifle in a short action and shave a pound. Off the rifle alone. It’s right at 9.1#’s
    Plus I need a new stick!
     
  8. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    3125 should be pretty easy with 140s in the 6.5SS.
     
  9. shovelhead

    shovelhead Active Member

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    Lancetkenyon- Roger that. I’d like to give her a little more gas and stay in a short action platform. The card is twitching in my wallet. The bottom metal is my only ?

    I did a creedmoor last year, and it shoots great in a savage short. I’m just not “ loving “ it. Hence the new project.
     
  10. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    6.5SS w. 150 SMK seated to lands in a Wyatt's extended box

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  11. cjl2010

    cjl2010 Well-Known Member

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    Would a Wyatt’s stagger feed box be reliable with the shoulder and taper of the SS?
     
  12. jlvandersnick

    jlvandersnick Well-Known Member

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    I'm wondering about this as well
     
  13. mhamlin

    mhamlin Well-Known Member

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    Call Wyatt's and get his opinion. 541-776-8417
     
  14. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Wyatt's stagger feed with extended follower and the center feed that comes with it's own flat follower.

    It's up to Clayton @ WTO to make one of the two work flawlessly on the 6.5 SS, haha!. It's on a Tuebor S/A with standard and mag bolts. It's a SwitchLug setup that has 6.5 SS, 7-08 and 6.5 CM, so I'll be changing barrels and BDL Wyatt boxes.
     
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