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6.5X284 Norma Rifle

by , Posted to on 02/28/2012 12:24 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/08/2011
Location: ND
I'm looking at buying a Savage model 111 longe range hunter chambered in the 6.5x284 Norma. I was wondering if anyone has much experience with this caliber and if so any reloader advise as I will be making my own rounds. It will be mostly for hunting whitetails, and reloading tinkering a little so i'm looking for expereinces on bullets (types, weights, et.) and powders. I am not looking for someones opinion on if its a good gun or cartridge just some advise. I wanted something different cause I don't know anyone that has one and so I want one. Also any tips on what kind of scope to pair with it, I have some ideas but would like to hear someother ones keeping in mind I will be hunting with it some. Hopefully when I get things in order there will be pics to share.
Re: 6.5X284 Norma Rifle
by on 02/28/2012 12:42 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/23/2007
Location: ND
I don't what he was reloading but i know a guy that builds guns and does shooting competions. He uses his 6.5 284 for "the mile shot" competition.

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by on 02/28/2012 3:19 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/08/2011
Location: ND
So far thats one thing I know is that the 6.5x284 has been a very reliable competion 1000yd round. I like to tinker on things and looking at this kind of gun set up gives me another toy to take hunting, weekend shooting (spareingly because I know the brass will be pricey), and a platform to just play and build on over the next few years. For instance one of the scopes I am considering is a Nikko Stirling Nighteater with a mil-dot retical or maybe a nikkon BDC (decision decisions). Any other scope ideas could prove helpfull.
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by on 02/28/2012 3:28 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2010
Location: ND
 I had a bdc but discovered i did not like it for hunting purposes. There was just too much goin on in the scope for me to focus.I replaced it with a leupold vx3 with cds turrets. I spent alot of time on the range with them and am now confident with the turrets. Just another option to look at. I thought the holdovers would be nice but they just got in the way. I suggest trying before buying if possible. Good luck and have fun, few things are more fun than a new gun!


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by on 02/28/2012 3:29 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
In no particular order nightforce nsx,leupy,vortex, plus more dont know price range but any of those 3 will serve you better than the beefeater or nikon would for going the distance.  140 bergers i have heard are pretty awsome out of that gun with bbl life of mabey 800-1000 rounds depending on how hard it is shot.  any thing bdc is a gimmick joke.
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by on 02/28/2012 3:31 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/04/2009
Location: ND
 I shoot a 6.5x55 Ackley BJ ,it is almost a clone of the 6.5 x284.The plus is I can fire form factory ammo. 
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by on 02/28/2012 3:35 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/19/2009
Location: nd
 Dont skimp on glass and run turrets. Sniper central and snipers hide have a good classified section and the members sell alot of long rangey stuff on there
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by on 02/28/2012 4:10 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/02/2002
Location: ND
give me a call i have a 116 fluted stainless long range hunter i am selling.
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by on 03/01/2012 4:22 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/08/2011
Location: ND
Sorry travis I got itchy and just bought a 111 LRH with a ok Bushnell scope that came with it. Figured I better get it before we have our baby girl which will be within a day or two. Not crazy about the glass but it will get me started and I plan on saving my money and finding what I really want. Thanks everyone for all the tips and advice. Next step brass, powder and bullets.
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by on 03/01/2012 6:37 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/02/2002
Location: ND
no problem. mine loves 123gr lapua sceners with a full charge of reloader 22. have fun with the new addition i have 2 little girls at home.
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by on 03/01/2012 7:07 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/08/2011
Location: ND
Do use that as a hunting load? What powder range can you run for RL22? I have never used sceners or RL22 yet. It seems that most powders I have looked up are in the mid 50gr range.
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by on 03/02/2012 4:19 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/02/2011
Location: ND
So what are the benefits of this caliber?  I have never understood it's popularity.  Don't believe it is a extremely accurate round.  A 260 will drive a 130 at 2950fps with three times the barrel life.  A 7wsm will drive a 168 at 3000fps with the same amount of barrel life.  I don't think the amount of velocity is worth the reduced barrellife compared to the 260 and the 7wsm just plain out performs it hands down.

Brent
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by on 03/03/2012 00:10 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 
blipelt Said:
So what are the benefits of this caliber?  I have never understood it's popularity. 
260 allows more COAL latitude with which to find mag-box/throat harmony in a short action.  6.5-06 is the way I'd fly in a long action.

IMO, the 284Win and all of it's necked down varieties only truly shine in an ultralight package utilizing a short action and "hunting" bullets that allow for COAL to be such that case capacity is maximized while staying within magazine box confines.

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

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by on 03/03/2012 04:33 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/31/2006
Location: SD
Horsager, please don't rip me for being an ignoramus, but what is COAL? What are your thoughts on the 260 Remington?
 
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by on 03/03/2012 05:49 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
complete over all length,
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by on 03/03/2012 08:35 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 
wishiwuzhunting Said:
Horsager, please don't rip me for being an ignoramus, but what is COAL? What are your thoughts on the 260 Remington?
Cartridge Over All Length

The 260 can do anything you'd need it to in North America short of maybe a Griz.  The 260 wouldn't be my choice if gunning factory ammo simply because there's not a lot of variety.  If handloading is an option then the 260 is very flexible and capable whether you're shooting targets or hunting critters.

Not quite sure why I've gravitated away from everything 6.5MM, I don't, and never have owned even one.  25t's and .277's and .284's but never a 6.5 (.264).

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

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by on 03/03/2012 8:31 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/31/2006
Location: SD
Got it, thanks Horsager!
 
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by on 03/07/2012 07:56 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/08/2011
Location: ND
From what I have heard the 6.5X284 is a very accurate round, mild recoil (plus my new savage has a muzzle brake), and can carry good energy. Does it do anything great that other rounds can't do? NO! It is just a tinker toy for me and my dad to reload for and that my wife should be able to handle for whitetail this year. I have shot a 7mm Rem Mag for 7yrs with 140gr bullets, last 4yrs with barnes tsx/ttsx and love it but the heavy trigger pull and recoil will give the wife a bad case of flinches. For those who have questions on if this gun will be any good I will be sure to document my progress with it, an if that isn't good enough anyone can come along sometime and I will be happy to prepare the crow if they will eat it. My dad has an old Japanease military rifle in 6.5mm someone made into a sporter and he has shot more deer with a 87gr bullet than any other of his rifle. Its not always the tool it is just how you use it. Good shot equal good results.
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by on 03/07/2012 09:17 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 Given the brake, get plugs in her ears and muffs over them.  IMO, the "noise" is worse than the "shove".

That rifle with a scope on board and 3 rounds in it's belly is gonna be 10#+.  I hope you've got somewhere for wifey to sit with it as that's a fair amount to carry and it's really a LOT to expect someone to shoot well off-hand.

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

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by on 03/07/2012 10:13 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/31/2008
Location: ND
My good friend has a 6.5- 284 and luves it and i had one built just like it. I havnt shot mine yet but his is a fun rifle to shoot without a brake.  I have 7mm rem mags and its recoil is way less.  He shoots 140 vld bergers behind 4831SC with unreal groups. He had good luck with retumbo also but 4831 was more accurate and less dirty. He gets about 3050 velosity and he uses lupua brass. Im not positive on his grains of powder but im sure u can find some workup starting points. The 140 grain vld has a bc of .612 which matches my 168 7mm bergers without the recoil and a little more velosity than the 7mm rem mags i have. Another gun i didnt need but really liked my friends so had to have one. Good luck i think you will really like this caliber for deer.
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by on 03/07/2012 10:32 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/02/2011
Location: ND
luvcatchinbass I will let you beat me when it counts this summer in F-class competition or varmint shoot.  Course I have never been much for the taste of crow. 



Brent
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