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6.5X284 Norma

6.5-284 Norma ... History
When Winchester released the .284 Winchester in 1963, primarily for hunting,
many competitive target shooters saw great potential
in both the primary design and as a parent design for wildcatting.

The .284 case was short but wide and in comparison to the .30-06 length cartridges,
enabled shooters to experiment with a different shaped powder column
with hopefully excellent, if not interesting internal ballistics

When wildcatters necked the .284 case down to 6.5 during the late 1960ís,
the resulting 6.5-284 cartridge was able to fire a high BC 140 grain bullet
at similar velocities to the parent .284 but with much lower recoil.

With advances in 6.5 caliber bullet design and a growing understanding
of suitable reloading techniques, the 6.5-284 steadily gained popularity.

The wildcat produced excellent results in 1000 yard competition
and eventually gained the attention of a number of hunters.


Wildcatting the .284 Winchester
Along about 1999, after considerable prompting by the late Roger Johnston and with technical advice from this author,
_Norma standardized the 6.5-284, which had been a wildcat for decades.
Roger's epiphany is one of those revelations that, in retrospect, is quite obvious.
Since so many wildcatters and long-range target shooters were using the .284 Winchester case as a basis
_for various wildcat chamberings, particularly the 6.5mm, why not standardize a factory version?
Why the 6.5x284 For Long Rang Shooting?
I find myself liking the 6.5 x 284 more than ever, mainly because the 6.5 x 284
_provides a well balanced combination of all the key factors needed for long range work
_(accuracy, velocity and down-range bullet performance, all with moderate recoil).
6.5x284 Norma
Recommendation: The 6.5x284 will work great for military and law enforcement applications,
though there is limited variety of factory loads and rifles.
If this resolves itself, it can be an exceptional load.
Penetration is also a significant concern, as the sectional density of the 6.5 bullets can be very high,
_and penetrate deep, so watch over penetration if your agency selects this cartridge,
_though it provides good armor & barrier penetration
6.5-284 Cartridge Guide
The versatile, ultra-accurate 6.5-284 cartridge has exploded in popularity in recent years.
From 600- and 1000-yard benchrest, to the tactical and F-class shooting disciplines,

_this round has made its grand entrance and is here to stay.
  • The 6.5-284 Cartridge
  • 6.5-284 Component Selection and Reloading Guide
  • Winchester Brand .284 Win Brass STATUS REPORT
  • KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid!
  • 6.5-284 Long-Range Load Map
6.5-284 Norma
An excellent all-around hunting cartridge, the 6.5-284 completes any job you'd assign to a .270.
The 6.5mm-284 Norma and 6.5mm Remington Magnum
As we have seen throughout this article,
_choosing between these two cartridges really comes down to the intended application.
The way things stand as I write these words,
_if you are looking for a long range match cartridge, go with the 6.5mm-284 Norma.
If you are looking for a cartridge for a hunting rifle,
_the 6.5mm Remington Magnum is the better choice.


6.5x284 As Suggested by natman

Petzal: The 6.5/284, Part I

Petzal Reviews the 6.5/284 Cartridge, Part II

What would be a better longrange caliber a 6.5-284 NORMA or 6.5 Remington Magnum

The 6.5-284 Norma: The Perfect Deer Round
The 6.5-284 Norma, as it is officially called (the Norma ammunition company first introduced it
_as a standardized, factory round in 2001), is my idea of the perfect, all-round deer cartridge.
It will essentially perform neck-and-neck with the .270 Winchester in a shorter,
_lighter rifle generating slightly less recoil.
With some loads it will shoot flatter and hit harder beyond 300 yards.


6,5x284 Norma
Whether one is a varmint hunter, a long-range target shooter, a big game hunter that is particularly sensitive to recoil,
or is simply looking for a lightweight "mountain rifle," the 6.5-284 Norma is a fine choice.
6,5-284 Norma ... Bullets

The 6.5-284 Reloading
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