View Full Version : building a custom deer rifle

December 18, 2005, 10:34 PM
I have a couple rifles that I could use .I would like to do a 6.5/06

December 19, 2005, 05:39 AM
Okay, but we're gonna need a little more info. What guns are you considering using? What custom features are you planing/wanting to add? Is it a hunting or target rifle? What type of competition/hunting are you going to do? :confused:

December 19, 2005, 12:52 PM
While there is nothing wrong with your choice of caliber, I would keep it simple and just build a .260 myself for ease of finding and working on the brass for reloading cheaper than your brass will run you with it.

I really like the 6.5 for deer. The .260 will handle anything I have seen walking in the woods and does so without as much of a problem with barrel burn as well. The endless choice of barrels should make for a fun rifle to shoot as well.

Harry Bonar
December 19, 2005, 06:46 PM
Dear Shooter:
The A-Square manual speaks highly of the 6.5-06. I do too. The doctor from Mayo who I'm training brought a 6.5-06 improved reamer with his 6.5 bbl.
Ackley states that, in his day, the improved gave less velocity than the standard 6.5-06. But, I feel that with todays modern powders will change that.
There are no flies on the 6.5-06 - with the 140 gr bullet (the proper bullert for the 6.5) it is better than the .270. Penetration is always the name of the game and the 6.5 has great sectional density, and thus great penetration. I suspect a cool hunter could, with the proper bullet, take any game on earth - even if he was transported back 100 million years ago!
You'll have to handload, but anyone worth their salt does anyway.
I am firmly convinced, after 50 years of fiddling with actions that there is NOTHING better than a VZ24 military Mauser to build a rifle on!

Harry B.

P.S. - Set that headspace tight!

December 20, 2005, 03:39 PM
Yep what Harry said

December 21, 2005, 09:26 AM
Ditto to what Harry stated. I have rifles built up from the VZ24 Mauser in 7mm Ackley Imp, .308 and sporterized in the original 8mm. Of the various mil sporters I have the Mauser is by far my favorite action.