Best long range 6.5mm/.264 caliber for hunting deer sized animals

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  1. 6.5mm Creedmoor

    13.1%
  2. 6.5-284 Norma

    28.3%
  3. 6.5 PRC

    27.4%
  4. 6.5 SAUM

    18.6%
  5. 6.5 WSM

    2.5%
  6. 6.5-300 WBY

    6.1%
  7. .264 Win Mag

    26.9%
  8. 26 Nosler

    9.3%
  9. .260 Remington

    11.5%
  10. 6.5x47 Lapua

    4.1%
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  1. broish

    broish New Member

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    Unfortunately the tried & true 6.5x55 is not up there as that would be my first choice, that being said i would go with either the 6.5 SAUM or the classic .264 Win Mag.
     
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  2. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    What twist rate are you running?
     
  3. rcol317

    rcol317 Well-Known Member

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    While I've had and have numerous 6.5's I'd have to agree that the little Sweed is my go to rifle and then next is the 6.5x284. Come to think of it I shoot my 260 quite a bit as well. I guess truth is I love the .264 and have a tough time picking a favorite.
     
  4. Rudolph Ferdinand

    Rudolph Ferdinand Well-Known Member

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    What is the cost for brass 264 Win?
     
  5. Rudolph Ferdinand

    Rudolph Ferdinand Well-Known Member

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    Other than the 6.5 Creedmoor, the other cartridges, I know nothing about them, and I have never seen one any... .30 caliber guy up until about a year ago.
     
  6. Rudolph Ferdinand

    Rudolph Ferdinand Well-Known Member

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    Barrel length?
     
  7. walter351

    walter351 Well-Known Member

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    Depends what you want. Winchester/hornady is around $40 - 45 for 50. I have norma brass which I paid $115.00 for 100 x 3 . Nosler is at $75 -85 for 50
     
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  8. John 264

    John 264 Well-Known Member

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    Norma brass is 125.75 for a 100 pieces you don't want Winchester or hornady because of the different weights I have seen Winchester and hornady weigh 10 to 12 gr different in a 50 count lot the norma is very consistent
     
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  9. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    26in and using rl-26
     
  10. JarHeadTim

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    280 AI...

    Sorry, had to say it...
     
  11. Irish Neil

    Irish Neil Member

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    The Scandinavians have been knocking moose and smaller with the 6.5 x 55 for over a hundred years. I have a 30 year old Varberger in 6.5 x 55 that has been taking an average of 10 deer a season since I bought it. I have started using Sako 120 gr in place of the 140 gr bullet at the range. It is grouping tight at 300 mtrs so have to wait for the season to open to see how it deals with our fallow and sika.
     
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  12. coop2564

    coop2564 Well-Known Member

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    I shot it 2 summers now using RL26 in 100+ no problems at all. Like any powder speed increases a little but no pressure spikes. Like Creedmore shooter I found my guns max and backed off a little. Any powder can give you a spike in heat if you run max at 50 degrees and go shoot in 100.
     
  13. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    All of them listed!

    You forgot the 6.5 grendel!
     
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  14. LongestShot

    LongestShot Well-Known Member

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    I'm running a 1:8 twist, I have a tendency to favor heavier bullets. I know a lot of people chose 1:9 twist and have no problem running 140 grain bullets.