6.5x284 cartridge.

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  1. golfer2b2000

    golfer2b2000 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I for some reason have a fascination for this cartridge. I have a 308 that I have had some work done to it and with the muzzle break is a pleasure to shoot, and at 100 yards it seems like whatever I feed it my groups are always .600 or less.
    Just looking for some feedback on the 284.
    Is the recoil going to be more or less?
    I generally do not go beyond 300 yards with my 308, so should I just stick with it??
    There is a couple rifles in the 6x284 in the classifieds that I am interested in, but really want to see just what I am getting into.
    Thanks
     
  2. waltkrafft

    waltkrafft Gold $$ Contributor

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    It is in its element long range target shooting. It is also an excellent hunting round. IMO it needs to be in a long action to keep the heavy bullets out of the inside of the case. Recoil is about the same as a 308 with equal bullet weights.
     
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  3. Evan

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    At 300yards, any change in accuracy will be due to the rifle, not the cartridge. 308 is very accurate in a good rifle.

    Recoil will be similar between them but the 284 will have more blast due to the extra powder.
     
  4. Rtheurer

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    300yds. Do your self a favor and get a 6BR. Dont look back
     
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  5. std7mag

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    I have a straight 284.
    Essentially equivalent to a 280 Rem in terms of performance.
    As mentioned the 6.5-284 is really in it's element at long range. And the 6.5-284 is a bit of a barrel burner.
    An intermediate length action is about the perfect length for the 284 family of cartridges, ie 7mm, 8mm Mauser length actions.

    If 300 yards is your max distance then something like 223 Rem, 6BR would be better suited to you. Lower recoil, and much longer barrel life.
    Also at 300 yards, i wouldn't worry about the highest BC boat tailed bullet design.
    A good match flat based bullet is all that's needed.
     
  6. 10XSHOOTER

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    I have shot the 6.5X284 going on 20 years now. LOVE IT ! I have both a match rifle and a hunting rifle. Easy to load for and shoot.
    49.0 gr H4350 with moly 142, gives me 2950 fps in a 30" barrel.
     
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  7. Dusty Stevens

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    Its a great cartridge. One i will always have. Good brass is available which is my first requirement of a given cartridge
     
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  8. FarmerDave

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    My 6.5x284 has been above my expectations at 600yd. Use Lapua brass and 142 gr SMK
     
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  9. gman47564

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    the 6.5x284 is a favorite of mine...keep from long fast strings of fire and its not so much a barrel burner...
     
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  10. 284winner

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    You'll notice a difference in recoil between the 6.5 and the straight 284. Totally due to bullet weight. There both a pleasure to shoot with 160 range bullets or less but the 6.5 is a real pleasure to shoot with 140 class bullets. Your fascination isn't unusual. It's an attractive round, accurate, mild and offers high bc options in projectiles. Just as the 284 does but with a heavier bullet that offers even a high bc bullet. Both are excellent replacements for the 308 but out to 600 yards, I doubt you'll have any accuracy advantage. Recoil and elevation will be less but otherwise the 308 is a great medium range cartridge. You'll also get 2-3 times the barrel life from it over the 6.5 or 284s.
     
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  11. Ringostar

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    As others have mentioned, for 300yds and less, the 6BR is plenty. If you really want a 6.5, then the 6.5x47L with a 123-130 gn bullet is perfect.
     

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