View Full Version : 6.5-284. anyone shoot it?

Bug Splat
04-20-2009, 4:04 PM
I have been researching like a crazy man trying to pick the right 1000+ yard round to upgrade my Savage 223 to. I have jumped from 6.5 grendel to 260 remington to 6.5 Creedmoor and back to 260 rem. After talking with a friend who has competed in F-Class and is even holds a number of awards in the 50BMG long range shooting. He suggest the 6.5-284 Shahane which is basically an Improved shoulder 6.5-285 Norma. All the specs look very impressive sending a 142gr round 3100+fps and even surpasses the 300Win Mag performance at long range. This looks like the longest shooting round that can be fit into a Short Action Savage.

Just placed an order for a Lothar Walther 28" 1-8 SS barrel, new bolt head, new box mag and follower (although I think I might single load), Norma brass, bullets, Redding dies, H4350, and CCI primers to start.

Looking forward to really reaching out there and touching some game.

04-20-2009, 4:13 PM
Aren't these supposed to burn barrels rather quickly? Not a problem if you can afford it but I understand that some get less than 1K before a rebarrel or at least a setback and rechamber job is needed.

04-20-2009, 4:14 PM
In looking at those calibers the question boils down to how many times a year do you want to re-barrel.

Blacktail 8541
04-20-2009, 4:17 PM
The 6.5-284 is a great round and you are getting a barrel that will make the most of it. Another benifit of it over the 300 win mag is the significantly lighter recoil. Use the lapua brass instead of the norma brass, In my experience with this round the norma brass is a little on the soft side.

Keep an eye out for accuracy and pressure signs with a dirty bore. It will show up a little sooner than onthe larger calibers.

04-20-2009, 4:25 PM
Did you consider the 6.5x47 Lapua at all?

Blacktail 8541
04-20-2009, 4:29 PM
no I didn't, I looked at brass availabilty. It was either the 6.5-284 or the 308 for me.

04-20-2009, 4:44 PM
The overhead cost on 6.5x284 is fairly high, considering the cost of brass and barrels (1000-1200 round barrel life to stay competitive).

For 1000 yards, I would choose a 6mmBR improved variant. 6mmBR brass is cheaper than 6.5x284, barrel life of a 6mmBR variant is at least 2.5x that of 6.5x284, and there is a pretty noticeable jump in price from 6mm to 6.5mm bullets.

Granted, 1200 rounds isn't that bad if you consider in LR and F-Class, you're only putting down range about 60 rounds per match (assuming three 20-shot strings). That should last you a season, and most people rebarrel between seasons anyway.

04-20-2009, 5:03 PM
I shoot mine, it has 486 rounds through it right now and has moved the throat approximately .003". I load it to 2850 fps with the 142 grain SMKs, H4350, Fed 210M primers and Norma brass.
It shoots like this:

Bug Splat
04-20-2009, 5:23 PM
Very nice FJold!

Yup, I'm aware of the limited barrel life. I honestly can see it lasting 3+ years with the shooting I plan to do with it. My goal of a flat shooting, wind bucking, long range round out weights the barrel life. I have just excepted the fact that you have to pay to play and because Savage barrels are SO easy to replace I don't have a problem replacing it every couple years if needed.

If I can convince my wife, I'm going to start my custom 408 Chey-Tac next year for a REAL long range shooter.

04-20-2009, 6:12 PM
Savages are a lot of fun, I just built a long range varmint gun on a Savage action with a 26", three groove, 1:10" twist PacNor Supermatch barrel.

You can get Pacnor, Lothar-Walther, Shilen, Douglas or A&B barrels all ready to spin right on, which makes re-barreling so much easier.