open country deer cartridge

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by chad, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. chad

    chad Well-Known Member

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    6.5x284 270 wsm 7mmwsm?

    I was at our hunting expo yesterday and found the custom gun I am going to get.
    the three cartridges listed are what I am kicking around.
    I hunt where 100 yard shots are possible but 6 to 7 hundred yard shots are common.
    I was thinking of the 257 weatherby or the 270 weatherby but there not offered.
    I have been told the 6.5x284 would be great but its just not that fast. My 280 I have now is shooting 140 accubonds at 3095 fps now but its hot. reloader 19 is the only powder it likes and its cracking the cases after the third reload.

    280 AI maybe????
     
  2. dmj

    dmj Well-Known Member

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    New to all this long range shooting, so I probably don't know what I'm talking about. My choice would be the 7mm. I've always been a 30 caliber fan, but have to admit that they make some good 28 caliber bullets that appear to perform very well. So I'd probably go with the 7mmwsm. Good luck
     
  3. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    My choice of the three you listed is the 6.5x284. gun)
     
  4. chad

    chad Well-Known Member

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    lots of views and only two comments. Ok so if your hunting mule deer in open country what cal would you choose?
     
  5. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5 x284 would be hard to beat. I personally am not crazy about it but that would be a hard one to beat for your situation and for the cartridges you have listed. Of the cartridges listed id go with the 6.5x284
     
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5x284 would be nice, it's nice to shoot and a 140 Berger makes nice work of deer, I've taken many deer and elk with a 270 WSM in those ranges and much farther and it will easily out perform the 6.5 but your really not needing much more, same for the 7mm.
     
  7. dave elliott

    dave elliott Active Member

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    270wsm. great round
     
  8. Steyr Luxus

    Steyr Luxus Well-Known Member

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    Any of the three listed can get the job done.
    It's all about what you feel confident in owning and shooting.
     
  9. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I have no qualms about any of the calibers listed. I am curious why in a custom rifle the .257 and .270 Weatherby are not an option. I've had to buy a reamer for a wildcat, so certainly reamers can be had, it's a bit more expense but not a deal breaker in my mind.
     
  10. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    6.5X284 will do a big Muley IMO.
     
  11. Hornhunter32

    Hornhunter32 Well-Known Member

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    I built a 280 AI that will be my main deer rifle. Shooting a 162 amax or 168 Berger should be a deer hammer.
     
  12. Trever

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    My vote would be the 270wsm. With that being said I have heard more good out of the other two rounds. I have also heard 270 is not big enough for white tail so....Out of what you have listed, the 6.5x284 and the 7wsm have accomplished more in the long range game. The bullet options are better hands down. .277 is trying to catch up and doing so successfully. So it is a coin toss if you are not already partial. They will all have to be accurately placed to bring down the meat.

    On a different note, if I was building a custom and had the "options" of these three only, I would most definitely find someone who would give me what I wanted. Unless they had a dang good reason why they couldn't.
     
  13. chad

    chad Well-Known Member

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    I would do a 270 weatherby with no problems. there is so many cartidges to pick from . I would like something different. 7LRM, 7 Dakota, 6.5-06 AI, I like the 6.5 bullets and 7mm bullets best.

    I just don't know what to build.
    Maybe just take my 280 and make a Ackley out of it.
     
  14. Trever

    Trever Well-Known Member

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    On my first build I was strictly going 270 win. I wanted to see what someone who wants to push it to the limits could do with the old 270 win. Then it was Ackley improved, then Sherman. I done some thinking on it because it bothered me I left my original goal. But I am going Sherman for sure because its still a 270 win case. Its a little way of me cheating.:D. Long story short if you want to do some but feel like you may be wasting a build on it, don't worry about. Build what you want, expensive as they may be, you can always build another one. I'm sure you will. Its addictive, I barely started on mine and I'm already thinking about my next three.