Decision of the little bores


December 12, 2009, 02:20 PM
257 weatherby in the accumark(would the remington be better for accuracy).. or... 6.5x55 in the tikka super/stainless varmint..

Both come in quality brass however the 6.5x55 comes with lapua.. so that in itself is an upgrade.. as for the 257 comes in norma..

Philosophy of use will be a long range/critter killer.. I would imagine the 6.5 would be the more accurate of the 2..

Someone help me make a hard choice.. for which I dont have the money for both. :P

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December 12, 2009, 02:31 PM
6.5 x 55 Swede in the Tikka. Brutally accurate, much cheaper to shoot, better quality brass and bullets for reloading.

Just my .02,

December 12, 2009, 07:25 PM
6.5x55 for the win, however I would take a good look at a CZ 550. I really like the International version, but the American is nice as well.


December 12, 2009, 07:26 PM
6.5x55mm in the Tikka. accurate, soft recoil, powerful out of proportion to it's size and better downrange ballistics

December 12, 2009, 11:41 PM
I guess I'm the odd man out. I'm in for the 257. More stomp. As for having it in an Accumark, being an owner of one myself, there are better setups to be had for what they're getting for those things these days. They weren't cheap when I bought mine 15 years or so ago, but they've gone up considerably since then. A quick glance at gunbroker puts the Accumark at $1400 give or take. For that kind of money or nearly so you could build a gun that would shoot better than the Accumark. That's not a negative against the Accumark by any means, I have no doubts that it'd be an accurate rifle, but at $1400 you're entering custom build territory.

You could start with a 700 donor gun and have a custom barrel like a Shilen or Lilja (or whatever put on it). Or you could kick it up a notch, pick up a Stiller Predator, then have a custom barrel put on it, etc. The latter option might put you a bit over the $1400 price of the Accumark but you'll end up with a better gun when it's all said and done. Anyway, just a thought. Good luck. :)

December 13, 2009, 12:02 AM
... there is nothing like a 257 wetherby mag... just nothing like it. And it will be super accurate as well.
a 257, zero'd at 100 yds, only drops about 20 to 25 inches, depending on your load,aaaaallll the way out to 500 yds, and it gets there real fast.
Roy Wetherby fired a lot of carts during his time, and he said without a doubt, the 257 was his favorite, dropped deer like lightning shot, including mulies.
When asked why it was his favorite, he said, " speed kills..."
All you need to know really.

Uncle Mike
December 13, 2009, 01:16 AM
I bet there isn't enough difference in what your calling accurate to worry with.

Bet you can't even notice...!

If it's varmint vaporizing your after...go with the 257 Weatherby.

December 13, 2009, 09:47 AM
better quality brass

What are you talking about?

That Norma stuff is just crap, I guess...

A Tikka vs. a Mark V Accumark? Again, these don't really compare straight across.

The Tikka will do a fine job of shooting the Swede, but again, these are two very different classes of cartridge and two very different classes of rifle to shoot the cartridges in.

.257 any day of the week. (Now if I wanted a mule deer rifle that could work well on antelope and some elk, a light 6.5 Swede, not a varmint-weight gun, would be something I'd take a serious look at. But that's not what you asked about.:))

I have an intermediate-length Mauser that I daydream about building into a custom 6.5x55 sporter. That's about the only reason I keep the thing.

December 13, 2009, 02:57 PM
Sounds like you need to think about 25 06. will outdo 6.5 and still be close to 257 weatherby in terminal capacity <HIGH TEC REDNECK SPEAK FOR KILLING POWER> love those 25's
Good Luck and God Bless

December 14, 2009, 09:03 AM
25cal bullets do not have as a good BC's as 6.5's. Sure you can put enough powder behind a 25 to do some impressive things(257 wby), but if you reload you can do more with a 6.5.

December 14, 2009, 11:10 AM
A friend has the 257 - it's his cross-canyon sheep rifle - amazingly fast, very accurate - a bit of recoil for my tastes. I have an OLD Swede Mauser (ala 1907), mild shooting accurate and easy to load anything from 87 to 160 grains - a great all-around cartridge. That being said - you wanted a critter-killer - I'd go with the 257

December 14, 2009, 01:23 PM
jbech123 I stand corected and apologize, but you will never again sell me personaly on the 6.5. yes they have higher bc but they just have never lived up to my expectations. But I know thats only one persons opinion .
Oh well sorry for taking up your time Good Luck and God Bless

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 14, 2009, 01:45 PM
Philosophy of use will be a long range/critter killer..

What SIZE critters?

I'd go with the non-barrel-burner myself - the 6.5x55, but it would be a CZ 550, Sako, or used Win 70 featherweight, not a plastic stocked Tikka.

December 14, 2009, 01:59 PM
Ballistic Coefficient > Velocity.

6.5 x 55 is a lot more versatile.

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