Thinking of going 6.5 PRC thoughts

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  1. vincefmx

    vincefmx Member

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    Thoughts on the 6.5 prc? This will be a long range hunting rig...anyone other than seekins producing this rifle outside of custom?
     
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    I'd still go 6.5 saum since prime/ruag/Norma will be offering loaded ammo this fall, 140 berger VLD.
     
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    Phillygunner Well-Known Member

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    I think the 6.5 PRC is an exciting new addition to the long range family. I am building one on a Bighorn TL3 with Tom Manners new PRS stock. I believe it's going to be a comfortable to carry in the mountains Elk slayer extraordinaire. I ordered a 6.5 barrel from Mark Chanlynn. His barrels are amazing.
     
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    You must be referring to the manners prs stock line? They don't offer a "prc" stock.
     
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    OLI62 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I just picked up a GAP built rifle in 6.5 PRC, so I'm excited about the cartridge as well.

    I was torn between it and the 6.5 SAUM. Thinking with some reloading the difference between the two will be marginal. We'll see. Cartridge not withstanding I sure am happy with the way this rifle shoots.
     
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    I have a custom one built on a Defiance action/Benchmark barrel and it is a pleasure to shoot and very accurate but in the end its not much faster than my 6.5-284

    Sauer, Montana, Fierce that I have heard of.
     
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    Personally while I think it's an adequate cartridge it doesn't really serve any real purpose in that it doesn't offer any real improvements over longer established 6.5's.

    It will likely develop a small cult following particularly among competition shooters for a few years but if you want a 6.5 the 6.5 Lapua,6.5CM, 260 Rem, 6.5x55, or the venerable .264wm will all do whatever you want to do with a hunting rifle.

    I've been shooting the .260 Rem and .264wm for quite a while and I wouldn't be afraid to shoot any N. American game with them with perhaps the exception of a big Grizz or Brown Bear in AK.

    If you just want something really off the wall in a 6.5 The 6.5LRM or 6.5x375 Ruger is a lot of fun and offer a substantial improvement in velocity without the punishing recoil and blast of the 26 Nosler.
     
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  9. MudRunner2005

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    Thoughts? Well... Here goes...

    Personal opinion - There's much better cartridges out there than something that will be dead in a few years because it was a failed attempt by Hornady to reinvent the wheel. Just like the stupid 6.5 GAP 4S (which is for all intents & purposes, the same damn cartridge as the 6.5 PRC). And other than a few folks still hanging onto the edge of the toilet bowl... It's pretty much dead. Trend-cartridges, or designer cartridges, are meant to attract the newbies and those who are gun-hipsters who always have to have the newest, latest, best, etc... just so people will think they're cool. Those cartridges are essentially a litmus tests by the manufacturing companies to see what direction they need to head for what they're planning as next year's "next best thing". Companies like that, if they can score a quick $1.00 today from you, they don't care how you'll find brass for it tomorrow, once they've left it for dead, and moved on to the next trend.

    I'm not trying to dissuade you from buying one, all I'm saying is, just because something is new, and advertisers and gun rag editors sing its praises, doesn't always mean it's worth the money, or the best fit for you, or the best thing since sliced bread.

    Do your diligent research, and if you keep coming back to the same conclusion that you want one... Then by all means, go for it.
     
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    Mudrunner, I read lots of your posts, and view you as a level headed individual with good knowledge of our mission here. What cartridge do you suggest to the OP for a high performance 6.5 true short action format? There's not a ton of options.
     
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    The 6.5 SS would be the best option, based on what he's looking for (short action, 6.5mm, and magnum bolt face). And now that SS brass is being made by ADG, there will be a good supply of it for the OP to buy, to load his own ammo. It's still technically a "wildcat", but with all the popularity and with factory brass for it, it might not be long before the SS cartridges move up to the next step... SAAMI standardization. That's just a hope for Rich and his wildcats, as that would really be a huge hurdle cleared.

    The 6.5 SAUM is another option.
     
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    That's correct. Was a typo.
     
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  13. odoylerules

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    6.5 saum would be my choice over the PRC. For no other reason than you’ll have brass choices besides hornady. ADG is going to produce saum brass later this year they said, plus you have Norma brass to work with.
    The 6.5 Sherman Short is no slouch either.
     
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    I continually see resistance toward industry and cartridge development. Most of the newer cartridges provide efficient designs to an ever evolving sport and industry. The larger companies such as Nosler, Hornady, and Winchester have, in recent years, put some great new cartridges on the market. Private development has also offered efficient and innovative designs (Sherman Shorts). I normally pick up 300 to 500 cases with a new rifle and shoot it until the barrel is gone. I look forward new cartridge development/technological and testing everything I reasonably can. In defense of industry and their new case/bullet designs, it brings to mind a quote from General Shinseki, “if you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less.” Some of the new cartridges won’t pan out but I remember the same resistance to the WSM line when the came out in the early 2000’s. I have no skin in the game but say give the new cartridges a chance. I could hunt with a 270 and 30-06 effectively from now on, but, have a lot more fun trying something new.
     
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