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.243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma
this should be a decent matchup of one very popular round and one up and comer!!
243 Winchester vs. 6.5x.284 Norma
The .243 is based on a necked down .308 cartridge case and is known for its accuracy, flat trajectory, and relatively mild recoil. This cartridge was first introduced in 1955 for Winchester's Model 70 bolt-action sporting rifle and quickly gained popularity among sportsmen worldwide. The .243 has gained substantial worldwide popularity, and commercially loaded ammunition is easy to find on every continent. Along with the .270 Winchester, the .308 Winchester, .223 Remington, and .30-'06, it is among the most popular and widely available of all centrefire cartridges. at home in the beanfield or the deer woods the .243 is an excellent choice od calibers.
The 6.5-284 is a wildcat cartridge based on the .284 Winchester cartridge necked down to 6.5 mm. The .284 Winchester was created around 1963, but never really caught on, except as a parent case for the wildcat 6.5mm-284. The 6.5 caliber allowed for the use of long, aerodynamic bullets. In 1999, Norma submitted it to CIP. It has since been standardized as the 6.5mm-284 Norma. It has been used extensively in benchrest competitions and is known as an extremely accurate long range round. Using an improved version of the 6.5/284, Rich DeSimone set a 1,000-yard world record at 1.564". I have yet to tinker with a 6.5x.284 but have not heard anyhting but good reviews from those who have!!
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