Originally Posted by cottontop
Some Model 600's are still around. The only problem with them are the very short barrels. The short barrel kind of defeats the purpose of having the 6.5 Rem. Mag. You will lose 200 to 300 fps. The 6.5 Rem. Mag. is a great cartridge though, especially in a 24-26" barrel.
pretty close to what i read also and probably why they had problems marketing the cartridge. too short a barrel. and they mentioned, that by the time they went to a longer barrel the damage was already done as far as public perception of the cartridge. it's ballistics with similar cartridges was excellent when used in the right length barrel. sad too. seems like an interesting cartridge.