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    Thanks for the info. I was really leaning towards the 6.5x284 but thought id get some opinions and knowledge from you guys in the know.

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    6.5x284 or 280 ackley would get my vote

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    I shoot a 25 wssm which is supposed to shoot just a bit faster than a 25-06. I use a Barnes triple shock bullet. LOVE it... and confidence is everything, BUT, it is like a whiffle ball and I have to know my max range. It screams out to 300 yards and then drops worse than a 30-06 180 grn bullet at further distances. As much as I love that caliber I wouldn't even consider it 500 yards gun.

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    800 yards and light weight do not go hand in hand. You could use a 308 in a heavier rifle and have more gun than a 6.5x284 shooting VLDS in a lightweight sheep type rifle.

    You are better off with a 10-18 pound long range rifle if that's what you want. Any caliber with high BC bullets in 6.5, 7mm, .308, or .338 is best. I wish their were more VLD type bullets for 8mm, as the 8mm Rem and 8x68s Schuler are perfect calibers for this type of hunting.

    If you want to shoot long range you need a long range rifle, because your light weight sheep rifle will not have the same consistancy that a LR gun will.

    I am with Bitterroot, a 6.5 Creedmoor with a very high quality barrel, and a good receiver like a McMillan, Nesika, Stiller or Surgeon would be awesome. A retooled Tikka T3, Howa 1500 or Rem 700 would be good too. Set it up for a rifle weight of 13 pounds with a top quality scope and work real hard to shoot that barrel out practicing at 800 yards. Won't kick either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    For a light weight rig, u would want to stay with a short action rifle. The 6.5x284 will be that bill and an excellent choice. Especially since you want to reach out and touch up to 800 yards. The 6.5x284 is winning a lot of the 1000 yard matches right now. It would be my choice with a 140 grain Berger VLD.
    The OAL for a 6.5x284 makes it a long action cartridge. You can't seat the VLDs in a 6.5x284 in deep enough to make it fit a short action 700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    BTW, I love the idea of the 6.5 Creed for an 800 yard gun.


    Pretty awesome little caliber. I want one in the savage light weight.
    Last edited by Jon Boy; 03-14-2012 at 07:40 PM.

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    This is the never ending debate in my own head!

    Someone beat me to it but the 6.5-284Norma is a long action cartridge essentially.

    Remington mtn syn stainless is offered in 280rem this year!

    IMO you don't need a 24" barrel for the .270win, 280rem, 30.06, the 25-06 I would get in 24" although it has poor BC's so it's a loose-loose IMO for a mtn. rifle/sheep rifle.


    I currently am at 2 sheep rifles, a lightweight/but not too lightweight .300wsm, for sheep in grizzly country etc... and a super light 7mm-08 type rifle, although I haven't decided on the perfect version of this, also in the running are the 270wsm, 270win/280rem(maybe AI version).

    so many options/so complicated, .308win is also an option.

    BC's tend to goto the 6.5mm and 7mm.

    Also how light do you want to go? how much do you want to spend??

    That remington mtn. stainless/synthetic in 270win or 280rem at 6.5lbs would be very nice in a stock rifle!

    Weatherby ultra-lightweight in .270win/280rem/30-06 at 5.75lbs is a nice option too, the 6.75lbs version in 7mm Rem.Mag wouldn't be a bad option either.

    browning a-bolt titanium in 270wsm is also nice at 5.75lbs.

    sako a7/tikka/sako finnlight also nice options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Boy View Post


    Pretty awesome little caliber. I want one in the savage light weight.
    They used a Magnum Research barrel on this one. Wayne being one of the biggest names in gunwriters, I am sure John would have chambered it in 500 NE if he would have wanted it that way.

    I too am enamored with the 6.5x47 and 6.5 Creedmoor, kind of hard to be such a light recoiling and very accurate package.

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    Personally for a lr rig I would look toward a 7mm wsm a little less kick than a standard 7mm and if you use a Berger vld it will have super high bc's witch is a must for shooting that distance I would also look at longrangehunting.com and see what those boys are shooting over there just my .02$

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    280 Rem. In a 700 mountain rifle is a match made in heaven!

 

 

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