Originally Posted by Gonzilla
I am getting more recoil sensative in my old age. The 6.5 family is known to be "Shoulder Friendly" so I looked into them. From what I learned, the 6.5 X .784 will yield the best long range results but you will need to handload.
Shaw is getting some good reviews. Mixture of custom rifle meets semi-mass production and prices are very reasonable. Savage also makes a long range hunter in that caliber but the barrel is not very heavy. Custom shop can build you actual F class rifle. Single shots tend to be more accurate.
I went w 7 mm Mag. when I was younger. She kicks like an X-Wife w late alimony - even w heavy rifle. I made several mistakes w my first build like I also decided on 24" - thought it would be stiffer. Think I would go longer next time around.
The 6.5x284 is an excellent long range caliber,but barrel life isn't good compared to the 260 Remington or 6.5 Creedmoor,and unless your a cartridge speed freak,and like buying new barrels every 1500-2000 rds,I choose something besides the 6.5x284.