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Thread: Got the scope sorted... now just need to settle on either 6.5x55 swede OR 7mm-08...

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    Got the scope sorted... now just need to settle on either 6.5x55 swede OR 7mm-08...

    Hi again guys

    Years ago I owned a small ring Husqvarna in 6.5x55 and thought it was a nice calibre to shoot.

    I am looking at a hunting rig in the $1000 and under category.

    My dilemma is that if I stick to the 6.5 then I am limited in rifle choice but if I extend that our to 7-08 it opens up all the US brands.

    This will be my do-all rifle from goat to deer. I have an old shoulder injury that precludes the likes of .308 and .270 cause they are just too hard on the shoulder.

    Also, I will be fabricating an over-barrel suppressor for whichever rifle I get.

    So the question I suppose is; are these calibres similar enough that it doesn't make any PRACTICAL difference which I go for??

    As an example, Reloaders are doing a Howa houge combo in 6.5 for $895...which is a good deal in itself BUT they are also doing the 20" ranchland combo in 7mm-08 for $699!

    also, 7-08 would give the options of the Marlin, Savage trophy hunter etc

    Lastly, initially I will use factory ammo but do plan to start reloading

    Really appreciate folks thoughts/experience with this.

    thanks in advance
    Tracy

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    There is a nice Ruger Mk2 in 6.5x55 on Trade Me at the moment. About $850 I think.
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    Still love the 6.5swede but the 7mmo8 will do exactly the same with ammo a smidgen cheaper.
    Just remember once you put a good suppessor on a rifle then the felt recoil will reduce so that step up to a 308 or similar is unlikely to be felt as you may expect it to be.

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    Here we go again!!!!....i read a shitload of which cal/rifle posts similar to this one before buying....ended up with a S/S Howa 1500 Ultralight in 7-08, great price for a 'recreational bush hunter' like me.......fukin love it.....20" barrel, has a DPT can on it.......my 2c
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    can people actually tell the difference between a 7-08 and 308 recoil with standard loads ????
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    6.5x55 but I'm biased
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    Muzzle brakes make everything manageable, but also make you deaf...

    Depends a bit on the rifle, but I always reckoned significantly more recoil in the 708 over the 6.5x55...

    How short u going barrel wise.... better with a short barrel 708 and a can... short action as well.... shorter overall..

    Cans will make a 708 manageable for you I think...

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    I started with a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08, and it has performed very well for me, very hard to go past for the money.

    I have my mates near new one for sale in the buy/sell section at the moment - A cheap deal incl a Hardy Suppressor

    Near new Marlin 7mm-08, Hardy Suppressor, Sling, Gun bag, and some ammo $900

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    biased here too but,

    tbh most of the rifles coming out of the states look like shit. european gear pisses on it all.

    nothing wrong with a sako or a tikka in either of these calibres but a 6.5x55 will allow you to make full use of the long magazine for high bc pills and great fps.

    As said above, a howa might be a good choice, i think reloaders have one in 6.5. both are good on the shoulder.

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    Just get whatever fits you in either of those calibres no real world difference, don't buy cheap and nasty though...buy once cry once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouser View Post
    Here we go again!!!!....i read a shitload of which cal/rifle posts similar to this one before buying....ended up with a S/S Howa 1500 Ultralight in 7-08, great price for a 'recreational bush hunter' like me.......fukin love it.....20" barrel, has a DPT can on it.......my 2c
    Hows it shoot? had a play with one the other day, and the barrel seemed a bit light to me. Great buying though. Much stiffer stock than about anything else in the pricerange.

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    I'm a pretty average shooter and got this group, howa,1500

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    Doubt you could tell the difference between a 708 and 308 in terms of recoil with similar loads. The numbers show a difference but i dont register one. Anything from 6.5x55 to 280 will do the deed and with a suppressor or brake all will be soft to shoot. Id say find a rifle you like and buy it. If you run the numbers for most cals you see the diference between them is less than most peoples shooting ability l
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWH View Post
    I started with a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08, and it has performed very well for me, very hard to go past for the money.

    I have my mates near new one for sale in the buy/sell section at the moment - A cheap deal incl a Hardy Suppressor

    Near new Marlin 7mm-08, Hardy Suppressor, Sling, Gun bag, and some ammo $900
    +1

    These are a great little rifle for not a lot of coin. Very similar to a Savage. If I had room in the safe that is where it would be going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    +1

    These are a great little rifle for not a lot of coin. Very similar to a Savage. If I had room in the safe that is where it would be going.
    Yep i still have my Marlin XS7 7mm-08 (my first centrefire) i have purchased a couple of Model 7's since (260 rem and a 7mm SAUM), but the Marlin shoots so bloody well i won't sell it. I personally think my mate is a fool for selling his one.

 

 

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