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    Help with 6,5 cartridge (6.5-284 / 6.5 Creedmoor)?

    Hey all,

    I am getting the bug to own an accurate, fun to shoot, 6.5 rifle. I've never owned one. My daughter loves to shoot and I have grandkids starting to grow up. My main uses would be (in order):

    1) Shooting steel out to 1000 yards, the kids and I.

    2) Hunting deer/antelope sized game at extended range and cow elk at closer ranges (youth elk hunts).


    I would like to maximize the 6.5 performance and shoot bullets in the 140 grain range (like Bergers). I don't want a serious barrel burner or hard recoiler like the 26 Nosler. I want something fun to shoot with good barrel life. I am wavering between the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 6.5-284. I believe the 6.5 Creedmoor would give considerably longer barrel life, and the 6.5-284 better long range hunting performance. What are your thoughts?

    Also, and this is a big piece, are there any production rifles you would recommend? I'd like a SOLID sub-MOA performer (closer to 1/2 MOA) or one that's straightforward to accurize if it needs it. I know how to get there with a custom rifle, but not sure I want to invest that much cash. If I could get there for under $1500 (less optics) I'd be very happy.

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    I can really relate. I want one too! I don't even know why other than it would just be fun. I am drawn to the 6.5-284 personally. I have brass already that I use to neck down to .25-284. I'd be smart to re-barrel it to 6.5, but then I wouldn't have as good an excuse to buy another rifle.

    I would probably look at a Sako A-7 or 85 to start. I know Cooper's are accurate also, but maybe more expensive,?

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    Cooper's do look great, but look like they are in the $2300 range.

    Does anyone have experience with the Nosler M24 Liberty, the Savage 16/116 (stainless)? I've never owned a Savage.

    The Ruger Precision looks like fun for shooting steel but I'm not sure it would be too fun to pack around hunting.
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    I have a Savage 16 /116 in 7mm-08. It's shooting .5" groups with several loads! Can't say much bad about that!

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    Christensen Ridgeline would be slightly over your budget but is available in both and fits your other criteria.

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    I have a Bergara B-14 Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor. It was easily shooting 3/4 MOA in the first 20 rounds with factory loads. I'm sure you can improve upon that with some hand loads and a bit more trigger time. I am impressed with it so far and it is well within your price range.

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    I am interested in this topic. Been looking at a 260, 6.5-284, or a 6.5 saum. Similar interest ,shooting , deer,antelope,and coyote. Nosler rifles and Montana rifles have been the 2 I have been looking at. Unless I choose 6.5 saum

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    Look at the Savage lightweight mountain rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Christensen Ridgeline would be slightly over your budget but is available in both and fits your other criteria.
    Nice recommendation Steve O, I'll look into the Ridgeline. My primary hunting rifle is a custom Christensen Arms in 300 WSM and I have been very happy with it. I am also glad to see the Ridgeline uses the longer barrel lengths (24" and 26') and already has a muzzle brake. Vey nice weight too at 6.3 lbs. I will give that one some serious thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshour View Post
    Look at the Savage lightweight mountain rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor
    If I was going to get another rifle & a different caliber than I already have, this would deserve a good look. I don't have anything between my 25-06 and the .30 calibers I have, but not sure I need something. But having another rifle is always fun!
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