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Old October 13, 2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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.260 Rem vs 6.5x284 Norma

What's the real difference? The ballistics I've found are slightly different, but comparable... So why all the hype for the 6.5x284 as a long-range gun, when the .260 is pretty darn close???
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Old October 13, 2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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I really don't know i only know one person locally that shoots the norma. Of most of the articles i read the hot shot for fps and decently heavy weight of bullet is the 6.5x.284 winchester. .260 AI rivals the 6.5x.284 winchester in fps.
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Old October 13, 2009, 02:08 PM   #3
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Difference? Ammo availability and cost of rifle.

Modern .260REM rifle will cost $600+
Surplus Swedish Mauser 65.x55mm will cost less than $300

Either would be great deer rifles for long distances.

I'm personally looking for a very clean Swedish Mauser 96 with bent bolt to make my everyday hunting rifle. Ammo now seems to be available and the gun has been a proven winner for 100+ years. Plus I can afford it over a modern .260REM gun.
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Old October 13, 2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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I guess it is all a matter of degree, but I have no problem using my 260 with 140 grain Nosler partitions on any deer out to 300 yards. With a good rest and a good range finder, longer.

When I reach out farther, I use my 7 mag. It bucks the wind and delivers enough energy past 400 yards.

For me, the 6.5 X 284 doesn't fill a realistic niche, but it seems to be a nice cartridge.

I also have a Swede 6.5 X 55 and like it a lot. Not as handy or accurate as my Sako 75 with a Leupold scope, but the same bullet performance.
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Old October 13, 2009, 03:17 PM   #5
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From what I understand, the 6.5-284 is specifically designed to support long heavy high ballistic coefficient bullets for the long distance competitions. My guess is the COL will give the 6.5-284 an advantage in allowable bullets over the 260.
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Old October 13, 2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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From what I understand, the 6.5-284 is specifically designed to support long heavy high ballistic coefficient bullets for the long distance competitions.
Yes. That.

It's a wildcat cartridge that is growing a commercial niche... even Savage has one in production now. http://savagearms.com/12f_class.htm

And a couple of more paragraphs here:http://www.snipercentral.com/65x284.htm
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Old October 13, 2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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So the 6.5x284 outpaces the .260 in some regards such as a few FPS and the OAL suggestion, got that... Kinda makes sense...

So what about the 6.5-06? Wouldn't it offer almost exactly the same performance as the 6.5x284? Not to mention that .30/06 brass is a lot more available for the reloaders, instead of waiting for Winchester to produce its "seasonal" runs of .284 Win brass....
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Old October 13, 2009, 08:26 PM   #8
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Problem with 6.5-06 is that you need a long action, whereas 6.5-284 will fit in a short action, like a Savage target action (see above). Plus you don't need to wait for Winchester to make .284 brass, you can buy 6.5-284 brass from Norma any time you want (you can imagine the prices).
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Old October 13, 2009, 08:32 PM   #9
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So what about the 6.5-06? Wouldn't it offer almost exactly the same performance as the 6.5x284? available for the reloaders,
6.5-06 and 6.5x284 have nearly identical ballistics, but the 6.5x284 will fit in a short action. Some argue the shorter, fatter case of the 6.5x284 is better for accuracy.

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Not to mention that .30/06 brass is a lot more available for the reloaders, instead of waiting for Winchester to produce its "seasonal" runs of .284 Win brass....
I found .25-06 brass works better, one pass through a neck sizer and you are good to go. If you start with .30-06 cases you can end up with thick necks.

No need to wait for Winchester, Nosler, Norma, Lapua and Hornady all make 6.5-284 brass.
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Old October 14, 2009, 01:07 AM   #10
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Fair enough, thanks for the insight fellas...

I have no real interest in the 6.5x284 yet, just curious about it...
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