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6.5mm / .264: Information Repository

The 6.5mm (.264 Caliber) Rifle Cartridges
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It is hard to understand why 6.5mm (.264") cartridges in general have never caught on in North America.
The more I have learned about the various 6.5's, the more I have come to appreciate them.
North American hunters are missing out on a good thing!

For instance, the light 120 grain 6.5mm bullet has a SD of .246, the same as a 165 grain .30 caliber bullet.
The 125 grain 6.5mm bullet has a SD of .256, equal to that of a 170 grain .30 caliber bullet.
The medium weight 140 grain 6.5mm bullet has an outstanding SD of .287,
_which is essentially the same as a 190 grain .30 caliber match bullet.
And the heavy 160 grain 6.5mm bullet has a SD of .328, about like a 220 grain .30 caliber bullet.
Ponder these comparisons for a moment and it becomes clear why the 6.5's kill almost as well as the larger calibers,
_but with much less recoil and muzzle blast.

The legendary ivory hunter W.D.M. Bell was among these, and he went so far as to use
_his 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenhauer with 160 grain solid bullets for brain shots on elephants.

Due to their high killing power and relatively low recoil, the standard 6.5mm cartridges
_are particularly well suited for the popular lightweight hunting rifles
_called "mountain" or "scout" rifles.

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The North American 6.5mm (.264) Cartridge Family
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Practically anyone who is not prejudiced against small bore rifle cartridges in general can find happiness
_with one or another of these 6.5mm cartridges.
All are available from at least one major ammunition manufacturer and several smaller,
_ specialty ammunition companies, _such as Stars and Stripes.
If you have not yet owned a 6.5mm rifle, you are in for a pleasant surprise when you finally do.
The Long-Suffering 6.5
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Originally Posted by aom22 View Post
The caliber American hunters would love to love--but don't.

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However, if you put a 6.5-.284 Norma, 6.5mm Remington Magnum or even a .260 Remington cartridge
_into a .308-length action you do have concerns about bullets of 140 grains and over intruding into the powder space.
And that's another reason we haven't seen, and probably will not see, a factory 6.5mm short magnum ...

Of the many wildcats, the 6.5-06 is certainly one of the very best options;
_with modern propellants it's another cartridge that can easily equal the .264 Winchester Magnum...
Unfortunately, if you choose any 6.5mm cartridge you are very limited in your choices in factory ammo.
There are currently four American factory loads for the .260 Remington, just two for the .264 Winchester Magnum
_(Winchester and Remington, both 140-grain) and a single 6.5 Remington Magnum load...

To get the most out of almost any 6.5mm you probably should be a handloader.
I've played with both the 6.5-06 and the 6.5-.284 a bit.
Both are excellent cartridges that come very close to .264 Winchester Magnum performance,
_as does the 6.5mm Remington Magnum if you add a bit of length to both action and barrel....

However, if you put a 6.5-.284 Norma, 6.5mm Remington Magnum or even a .260 Remington cartridge
_into a .308-length action you do have concerns about bullets of 140 grains
_and over intruding into the powder space.
And that's another reason we haven't seen, and probably will not see, a factory 6.5mm short magnum.

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Ammunition:

6.5 Starter Kit
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Thinking of trying the 6.5 for hunting?
There are a lot more choices out there than you might think.

.256 Newton, 6.5-06, 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer, 6.5x57 Mauser, 6.5x55 Swedish, 6.5 Creedmoor,
.260 Remington, 6.5x52 American, 6.5-.284 Norma, 6.5 Rem. Mag., .264 Win. Mag., 6.5 STW

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Choosing a 6.5mm Hunting Rifle
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Of course, there are a number of excellent 6.5mm (.26 caliber) hunting cartridges, ranging from the mild 6.5x54 MS
_to the powerful .264 Winchester Magnum.
Inbetween are the .260 Rem., 6.5x55 SE, 6.5x57, 6.5mm Remington Magnum and 6.5x68 S.
Since I was looking for a moderate, general purpose cartridge, the 6.5mm Rem. and .264 Win. Magnums were out.
That narrowed the cartridge choice down to the 6.5x55 and .260 Rem.
Now the remaining problem is selecting the most appropriate brand and model of rifle.
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