Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 336A, Dec 29, 2015.
I love 6.5 caliber rounds, but I don't get the 6.5 "ultra mags." They would benefit greatly with some bullets heavier than the 140's currently available. I read somewhere about somebody making a 160 gn high bc bullet, but haven't seen any around yet.
I had borrowed a friends .270 Wthby to work up hand loads. He also owns a .300 Wby. Both are very nice rifles. I am working up loads later today, ready to charge cases.
I was on the Weatherby site looking at the .257 Wthby as maybe the rifle I should purchase for deer hunting.
Do not get me wrong, Weatherby make great rifles. 6.5mm is a great caliber. But all things considered, the 6.5 caliber is pretty crowded already. Do you thing many shooters will spend $1600, $1800, $2000+ on a new cartridge rifle?
How many years until this cartridge is deemed a success or fades away?
The 6.5x300 WWH (Weatherby Wright Hoyer) was a 90 day wonder in the 1960s.
Developed for Long Range target shooting, it was very frustrating to its developers.
It shot marvelously flat and close to the wind, but it funneled so much slow burning powder (H870 I think) down a small hole that it would not go the 20 rounds plus sighters of a NRA match without cleaning. They ruined barrels with fouling so hard and heavy it could not be removed.
I am sure better powders are available now, but barrel life will still be short.
Like the 7mm RUM, it's too far over bore capacity; very inefficient, and hard on barrels. Modern metallurgy will prolong barrel life some, but like 7mm RUM vs 7mm STW in 24" or 26" barrels, you're still not gonna see any real world performance gains over what a smaller case could do without running a really long tube.
With the knowledge and quantity of smiths out there you can get an action, bluerprint it, barrel, chambered and threaded, nice trigger, and stock for under $1500. You can get a Ruger American in 6.5 Creedmoor for under $400.
I guess to sum up my rant I hope they bring this out in an OPP Vanguard to get it into more hands of shooters to at least test it. Heaven knows we will be tired of uttering the syllables six point five by three hundred Weathery and sticker shock from their ammo prices.
I still shoot a .264 Win Mag for antelope and deer to long ranges under certain conditions
I knew a guy that had a .30-378 Weatherby. Accuracy went away at about 900 rounds, and this is most likely about the same. Tried to sell it. When you figured that a new barrel was about 2/3rds the cost of a new gun, there wasn't much interest
For me, I'll stand by my .22LR, .30-30 Win and .308 Wins all day, shooting for decades. Yes, I do have a Fibermark in .300 Wea Mag, and I have owned several other Wea Mags. Those can do damage enough for my likes. When my .300 Wea Mag goes south, it will be rebarrled as a .300 Win Mag. I suspect that even such treatments as Black Nitride will do little to prolong barrel-life in cartridges the likes of 6.5-.300 Wea Mags, etc. This is going to be interesting!
heck doesn't Lazzeroni have a caliber like this already?
already been said...will be said again...really nothing too new under the sun as far as caliber/cartridges goes.
Dont forget the 6.5 Rem mag.
Why go with such a small case?
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