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6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

I am no long range expert and I have only begun to read this new forum. I noticed there are a few wildcats mentioned in another thread that are based on the 30-06 case. It seems the 6.5-06 is a favorite. What advantages would the 6.5-06 have over just using a 30-06 and building up? Or even a 25-06 or say a .270, both of which use the 06 case? Are there characteristics that give these wildcats a great advantage or is it just man's desire to constantly innovate or tinker? Just curious. This seems like a good place to ask. I'm a long time fan of the .270.

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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

I am FAR from a pro but the 6.5 caliber has a awesome BC compared to most....

Might be more to the answer but that's likely a big part of it...

25-06 too light of a bullet for some applications...3006 heavy and slower and lower BC...
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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

25-06 & 270 are hampered by bullet selection.

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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

Because it's COOL anybody can say they they have a 30-06, 270 or 25-06 (all good cartridges) but not many can say they have a 6.5-06.
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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

The bullet selection for higher bc is the deciding factor. A 140 gr 6.5 usually has a bc of .5 or higher in some cases.

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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

The 6.5's are on the move due to a broader bullet selection than it used to be. Im a 25 fan in reality bullet selection is getting little better but has along way to go. Speaking of the 6.5 15-20 years ago mainly you had the 264 win mag and how many people did you know who had one. As mentioned they have some fine bc bullet makers have seen the demand and has came thru. I like wildcats myself but if you don't reload stay away, you will have to depend on someone to do it for you and I don't care to depend on the other fellow. Most of the time there is something close to a wildcat in a factory chambering. I happen to have the love of the gun and enjoy drag racing bullets so the wildcats fir me well. I actually have one I named myself I took a 270 wsm and necked to a 25 caliber a few years ago. I had the reamer special cut and Dave Manson actually called it the ( 25 Bobcat ) at my request. I own a landscaping business with Bobcat loaders and thought it would fit. Now does anyone else care? Probably not but I think its neat having a short action 257 whby. vel. I also mentioned about a gun I shouldn't have around an undesirable person in my little town. He asked why I have these so called wildcats. Told him simple if anyone ever steals any of my rifles I will find out real easy who did it. He asked how? I replied I will read about it in the paper when someone blew there head off with a rifle because they would of put wrong shell in chamber not knowing what they had. Should of seen that look on his face.
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Sounds like bullet selection is what drives popularity in part, other than having a "cool caliber" heh heh.

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Bullets and bullets!
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Higher BC, great performance and lots of recent records. If memory serves me Jim Carmichel developed a 260 "Bobcat" some years ago. Don't know if it was ever commercially loaded or not. I think Remington ran out the .260 soon there after.

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Re: 6.5-06 advantages over other -06 based cartridges

Bullet selection, bullet selection, and did I mention bullet selection
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