- Jan 10, 2020
Looking at a 6.5x284. Any thoughts on this cartridge? How hard is it to find factory or specialty ammo? I can hand load, but my 6 yo likes to help, not the best combo. Thanks.
Love mine. Elk to coyotes. Fast and flat. Easy recoil. Won’t find much at gun stores. Online is pretty good.Looking at a 6.5x284. Any thoughts on this cartridge? How hard is it to find factory or specialty ammo? I can hand load, but my 6 yo likes to help, not the best combo. Thanks.
I'm kinda thinking along those same lines regarding a Tikka. Probably be better off to sell the heavy 260 Rem and rechamber the 260 Tikka and cut to the chase now...I would not bother with one if I wasn't going to handload for it. I do and it's on the short list for a Tikka re-barrel when the current barrel goes down.
Has he used Lapua? I've never had a bad piece let alone a bad batch from them. It's usually not hard to find.I agree on the l/a. For a repeating rifle, the cartridge has no business in a s/a. I would probably build a 6.5-06AI if I was to build another hot rod 6.5, but a 6.5-284Norma is still excellent. For a handloader, good brass is easier to come by in the ‘06. Even amount the best manufacturers good 6.5-284 brass seems to be hard to come by. Could just be my dad’s luck, but half the batches he bought were crap.
You can definitely still hunt with “crappy” brass though. So for the normal user, the 6.5-285Norma is an excellent hunting cartridge, and you will like it more in a medium or long action. A Remington s/a ends you feeling quite cramped.
Yeah he did, and they were the best, but some batches weren’t up to normal Lapua consistency. In my experience with other cartridges, I find Norma to be more consistent than Lapua, but much softer, so I use Lapua in anything I want to really push. The batches of Norma he got were very hard, which is needed for the 6.5-284 Norma pressure spec, but the quality was really bad, which is not normal for Norma. They may be better now.Has he used Lapua? I've never had a bad piece let alone a bad batch from them. It's usually not hard to find.
I was gonna say the same thing. I would love to have a 6.5x284 since I reload, but the 270 has very similar ballistics and there is a pretty good selection of quality hunting bullets in 277.If you are going to shoot your conventional hunting bullets then I’d probably just roll with a 270 (man that tasted horrible) as there’s a ton of factory options