Weatherby 6.5 RPM?

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  1. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5 RPM has more case capacity than a 6.5-06 Ackley. So it will yield higher velocities. The 6.5-06 AI is a good cartridge, but you can’t say this is a bad one. It has .264 Win Mag ballistics in a non magnum action without a belt. You will also be able to buy factory ammo, rifles, and components for it without having to fire form or custom order equipment and components. I think it’s a great cartridge. It’s a step up on the 6.5x284, 6.5 PRC, and 6.5 SAUM.

    I think Weatherby is waiting to get their new lightweight rifle, chambered in 6.5 RPM, on the market for a little while. Then I think they’ll start building Vanguards in this chambering and offering more for it. I can see other manufacturers picking it up as well. Other than the .264 Winchester and the firebreathing 26 Nosler and 6.5x300 WBY, there’s no other commercially available 6.5 at this power level.
     
  2. unclericco

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    My knee jerk reaction is why do we need another 6.5? This isn’t doing much more than what I get out of my PRC? But I like the potential here. I’ll sit on the sidelines for a while and see what the results are and if someone else starts making good affordable brass maybe I’ll build one. Love my 6.5’s haha
     
  3. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    While it won’t do anything my 6.5 Remington Mag won’t do, I am interested in this case for a 7mm barrel I already have chambered in the 284. I was underwhelmed by the 284 want to change it. This would be th perfect choice since my action is a long Remington
     
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  4. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    Truc,

    I like your thinking. Maybe I should covert my Mark V six lug ultralight from .270 Win to .338RPM.
     
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  5. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    My 284 is a switch barrel rifle, the other one is a 338/06. You got me thinking
     
  6. Bigeclipse

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    I personally doubt other rifle manufacturer's will adopt it since the 6.5prc came out they are already dropping money on those. Yes the RPM is faster than the PRC but the PRC is plenty fast and is already out and has many factory offerings in the way of rifles. It is too bad the RPM did not drop a few years back. All the "impulse" buyers have spent money on 6.5prc or 300prc rigs which leaves the non-impulse buyers left who are typical buyers that wait for the round to seem like a lasting round which the RPM is already pretty far behind the PRC. Just my two cents.
     
  7. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    The PRC is completely different...you're comparing a short mag/short action cartridge to a long action/standard cartridge. Not everyone makes short mag actions...but everyone makes standard long actions...
     
  8. Bigeclipse

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    Understood but all the major manufacturers already do or soon will have a prc rifle. Again, your average shooter will not be looking at things like short vs long action. Actually, there has been a surge in short action sales due to lighter rifle builds and smaller framed shooters. Lastly, Hornady is advertising the 6.5prc as the bigger bro to the crazy popular 6.5cm which when you get the chest thumper in the gunshop he/she will say I want a 6.5prc. They will not even know what a rpm is. Just saying...
     
  9. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    The Weatherby at 4.9 lbs is pretty darn light...
     
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  10. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    I understand that as well I’m just stating they are so late to the game I doubt other major rifle manufacturers will jump aboard since they have already started producing 6.5prc rifle platforms. It takes a lot to launch a new caliber and they just started pushing the 6.5prc.
     
  11. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe, but look how long the Creedmoor was out until is actually became "popular"...like 10 years.

    The RPM won't ever be Creed popular but I bet it'll surpass the SAUM/Gap4s and the PRC and the 26 Nosler.
     
  12. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    I really hope we get good brasd options. I'll be building one
     
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  13. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    I sure hope so. Popular means more brass options.
     
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  14. Capt RB

    Capt RB Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully the round takes off. If the performance is that much above a standard case think what Mr. Sherman can do with it. Ultramag performance from a standard boltface:D
     
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