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Old 04-26-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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I am thinking of having a custom Shaw rifle built. A pretty good deal at under $900. I am trying to decide between the 6.5 x 55 or the 6.5 Creedmoor. Which might be the better choice and why?
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:48 AM   #2
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What's it gonna be used for Top? Cuz both is a dandy cartridge.

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I've always preferred the 6.5 creedmoor, I don't own a rifle that shoots it. But I've taken a few coyote's with one and it knocks the living hell out them.

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What is wrong with the .25-06................they are a lot more plentiful.

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There's nothing wrong w/ a .25-06, but I already have one. I don't have anything in 6.5. I would be using it mostly for target shooting but also for varmints, deer, hogs.
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The 6.5-.284 is fast getting a good reputation as an excellent, accurate, long range target cartridge. It is one of the most common calibers in use in F-Class shooting today. The round has been commercially produced, and is no longer a wildcat. Savage, along with several other companies produce rifles chambered for it. All have a good reputation for accuracy, and the flat shooting characteristics that all long range shooters love.

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It would be helpfull to know what long yardage would be for target or varments. When you look at the length of the 6.5x55 and the 65-284 there close in OAL with only ,005th's difference in length if loaded at max lenght for a given round they both fit in the mag the 6.5-284 does offer several hundred FPS and both can push a 160gr bullet. It may turn out a 6.5x47 6.5 creedmorr or 260rem would work better, more efficient and a bit shorter allowing longer bullets to set forward more in the case. Go to hodgdon loading info and compair the regular 260 rem to the 6.5x55. Being a bit shorter it may allow you to load to fit your magazine and give better performance. Have your chamber cut for a 260AI and it it will out pace the 6.5x55 instead of basicly matching it. The 6.5 creedmorr is more efficient useing less powder with more fps with a 142gr bullet than the the 6.5x55 and short enought to run cartidge to max lenght for your mags if that helps. I would run a 260AI or the 6.5 creedmorr.

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The 6.5-.284 is fast getting a good reputation as an excellent, accurate, long range target cartridge. It is one of the most common calibers in use in F-Class shooting today. The round has been commercially produced, and is no longer a wildcat. Savage, along with several other companies produce rifles chambered for it. All have a good reputation for accuracy, and the flat shooting characteristics that all long range shooters love.
+ 1. Haven't shot a Shaw rifle yet but they are getting great reviews.
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OK, 6.5x.284 is a barrel burner. So you may have a rifle that is a tack driver for 2000 to 3000 rounds, but then time to rebarrel. I am a huge fan of 6.5x55. I have 4 rifles in that caliber. I can shoot from vermin to Elk. Sure w/ elk range is limited to 300 yards, but it will do the job. 100gr really move. W/ IMR4064 I can get close to 3100 fps. At 700 yards it has the potential to take a Coyote, not that I would waste my time. The bullet is still at mach 1.19. The 6.5x55 is known as the last of the 800 yard killers (old school snipers). It out lived ever other caliber including the .30-06 in Military service.

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It would be helpfull to know what long yardage would be for target or varments. When you look at the length of the 6.5x55 and the 65-284 there close in OAL with only ,005th's difference in length if loaded at max lenght for a given round they both fit in the mag the 6.5-284 does offer several hundred FPS and both can push a 160gr bullet. It may turn out a 6.5x47 6.5 creedmorr or 260rem would work better, more efficient and a bit shorter allowing longer bullets to set forward more in the case. Go to hodgdon loading info and compair the regular 260 rem to the 6.5x55. Being a bit shorter it may allow you to load to fit your magazine and give better performance. Have your chamber cut for a 260AI and it it will out pace the 6.5x55 instead of basicly matching it. The 6.5 creedmorr is more efficient useing less powder with more fps with a 142gr bullet than the the 6.5x55 and short enought to run cartidge to max lenght for your mags if that helps. I would run a 260AI or the 6.5 creedmorr.
Do you own either?
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