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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Westmoreland County
I agree with WOL that you get what you pay for. I bought my daughter an entry level Mossberg that had several issues besides sloppy bolt play. Over the last 10 years manufacturers have made entry level guns accurate and inexpensive. However, they aren't made for high volume shooting. Keep an eye out for the sales online (Davidsons Gallery of Guns and Midway). In the last few years I have added a Weatherby, Bergara, Tikka (2), and Mannlicher to my safe. All are exceptionally accurate and well made. The best part is they were all in the $600 - $800 range (w/o scopes).
As for the 6.5 CM its a sweet cartridge. The main attributes of the cartridge are its low recoil (think .243), accuracy and power. Its a long bullet that penetrates deeply. Its a little more powerful than the 6.5 x 55mm Swede and the Swedes have been using the 6.5 x 55mm for 100 years for moose hunting so it has plenty of power.
Is the 6.5 CM overhyped - probably. It doesn't kill a deer any deader than a .270, .280, 7mm-08, 25-06 etc. But it does have less recoil and muzzle blast which makes it great for young hunters.