Should I rebarrel my 300 wby to 6.5-300 wby

dan maule

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I have a Mark V ultralight weight in 300 wby and I have been kicking around the idea of putting a 6.5-300 barrel on it. Just curious about anyone's thoughts on the subject.
 

JimP

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I'd go for it if the barrel is shot out, other than that I think I would see if I could find a used one to buy and rebuild.

Also if you don't reload the factory rounds will bite you real hard in the pocket book, not that .300 Weatherby rounds don't already but at least there are a few manufactures that load for the round in stead of just one.

If you reload you can get the rounds down to around a buck a shot which isn't too bad, once you have a supply of brass. But then you could neck down the .300 brass to the 6.5
 

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Have you priced ammo? My local shop has two different loads, one Barnes and one Swift. $85 per box of 20.

That alone is enough to steer me away from it. But, if you reload and have a bunch of your 300wby brass, I'd say go for it. You'd probably have to size the necks to 7mm before getting them to .264 then maybe turn the necks.

It's a good performer if you don't mind the cost of ammo or the hassle of reloading it.
 

dan maule

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I have been hand loading for all of my Weatherbys for quite some time so I am not to worried about the cost of ammo. Just looking at the ballistics my imagination has been running wild.
 

geargrinder

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There's a great selection of bullets right now for the 6.5's.

I've got a lightweight 260 and a 6.5x300wsm that love the 140g Hunting VLD's.
 

mcseal2

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I've been shooting at 264 win mag for years now and really like the 6.5. It was a 300 win mag and I re-barreled it so I've kinda been down that road. I shot the 300 at everything, coyotes, crows, rocks, everything for several years and developed a flinch. When the barrel started to go on the 300 I had the 264 pipe put on and have never regretted it. It's a fairly heavy rifle I wasn't using for anything bigger than deer anyway. I started out using 140gr Accubonds and had good luck with them. I eventually started playing with the 140gr Bergers though and switched to them for this rifle. They shoot better past 450yds I found and I'm only using it for deer and antelope anyway, don't need a really stout bullet. I love the lack of recoil, I shoot this rifle really well, and the BC/velocity combo available with the 6.5's that burn some powder.

I eventually missed having a bigger magnum though and ended up with another 300 win mag, this time a lightweight 70 from Rifles Inc. It has a brake though, no more flinching! I like the power of the 300 with a stout 180gr bullet, mine is shooting Accubonds. I'd been thinking about doing this for some time and am glad I did. To me it's an ideal combination for the vast majority of my big game hunting. The 264 is great for antelope, whitetail, and flatter country muleys. The 300WM is great for steep country muleys, elk, and hopefully the moose I'll go chase next year. When I got my shot at the muley that was quartering away about as hard as one can be and still be quartering, I was confident in the big Accubond to make the kill at that angle and it did. To be fair though I took my biggest muley with the 264 and a 140gr Accubond at a similar angle. I'd have been leary of that shot with the Berger.

They overlap enough to be each other's back-up rifles on hunts too. This year I took both on my muley hunt and carried the 264 the first few days while hunting the plains part of the unit, the 300 when we struck out there and headed into the canyons.

I guess I'd consider what you other guns you have plus what you hunt and go from there. I can see a plus to both.
 
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dan maule

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Thanks for the info I am a gun nut and I actually have another 300, I guess I am kind of in the same boat I think the ultra light weight rifle that I have would make an awesome 6.5 as the majority of the hunting I do is for white tails with shots out to about 450.