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    6.5 B's and C's

    So I've decided its time to stop thinking about it and actually get out and chase some of those mysterious deer creatures that everyone keeps raving about

    Hence it is time for a new deer suitable rifle. After much deliberation I have decided on somthing in 6.5mm namely 260 rem or 6.5x55. Primarely as I have never owned or shot one, and they both seem like very interesting calibres, and secondly as they are a bit lighter shooting than some so the missus can have a play too. It will likely end up cut to 20' with a can.

    I have been looking at the following:

    Howa 1500 6.5x55 - Seem to be a decent quality rig, my only misgivings are that they are a bit heavy (not a game changer just an overall consideration) and I have heard that they are quite long throated and can be picky about what they shoot.

    Tikka T3 6.5x55 - Utilatarian, will do all I want, but as I live on the North Shore I feel like I am just perpetuating the stereotype .( I spose at least its not 7-08) They are good rigs and are familiar to me, but being so common dont appeal to me as much as some.

    Savage 16fcss in 260 - Slightly pricier but less common and every one I've heard talking about the has said they are shooters. Plus the super easy barrel changeouts is a bonus later down the track.

    Dont mean to start another 'what gun is best' thread, but if any of you fine gentlemen have experience with the above mentioned rifles or have another idea to put forward (or better yet a boomstick to sell me )
    your input and wisdom is greatly appreciated

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    6.5Creedmoor, 6.5Creedmoor, 6.5Creedmoor. Oh, you want something common.
    Given your thinking about cutting the barrel look at the savage 260, they shoot fine, the plastic stock is "all right".
    And I'm only saying the 260 because the 6.5x55 is rather wasted in a short barrel (been there, bought the t-shirt)
    Otherwise whichever rifle fits better when you pick them up as those three should all shoot well.
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    Tikka T3 in either .260 or 6.5x55?

    Could have the chamber reamed out to either .260AI or even 6.5x284 later on down the track if you wanted... I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
    6.5Creedmoor, 6.5Creedmoor, 6.5Creedmoor. Oh, you want something common.
    Given your thinking about cutting the barrel look at the savage 260, they shoot fine, the plastic stock is "all right".
    And I'm only saying the 260 because the 6.5x55 is rather wasted in a short barrel (been there, bought the t-shirt)
    Otherwise whichever rifle fits better when you pick them up as those three should all shoot well.
    Ahh so the 6.5x55s like a longer barrel? They suffer bigger loses on the shorter rigs? Good stuff man. Thats exactly the sort of info I was after.

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    Ammo is super expensive for the 260. 6.5x55 would be the only choice if you depend on factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-D View Post
    Ahh so the 6.5x55s like a longer barrel? They suffer bigger loses on the shorter rigs? Good stuff man. Thats exactly the sort of info I was after.
    Negligible IMO

    Also depends what you call short

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    6.5x55 if you want to keep everything nice and simple and still have a good reloading option case.also when it comes to AI consider extra time and expense needed for on average 150 Fps.your speed and accuracy with the sweed is really good imo

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    The howa is only a fraction heavier than the T3, the older howas were quite heavy but the newer ones that are on the market are alot lighter than what they used to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimp View Post
    Negligible IMO

    Also depends what you call short
    Won't be a bush pig. Just cut down to 20' to help balance out adding a can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-D View Post
    Won't be a bush pig. Just cut down to 20' to help balance out adding a can
    You'll never notice the difference between x55 and .260 in that

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter308 View Post
    The howa is only a fraction heavier than the T3, the older howas were quite heavy but the newer ones that are on the market are alot lighter than what they used to be.
    The 6.5's are a heavier profile and 22' barrel over the other common calibres which are a slim profile 20' so are a bit heavier. Like 7.75 lb vs the tikkas 6.3. Not a game changer but worth noting.

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    a box of twenty might cost a bucket but looks interesting.
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    6.5 wsm or saum or 06 as some other options.

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    Oh well everyone is chucking some combos at you now so I'll join in.
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    vomit

    the dude is looking at sensible factory rifles in a moderate cartridge, not weirdo wildcat custom shit

 

 

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