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Suddenly there is a lot of comparisons on here being made between these cartridges. I own a 243 and know it well. I know what a 284 looks like, so I can envision it necked down to a 243, but I have never seen a 6.5 Swede.

But people are making statements that the Swede is similar to a 243, and also to a 6.5-284. Seems odd to me.

Can someone post a pic of all three lined up together, to give a visual reference to case volume differance?
 

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Some confusion on 6mm and 6.5mm.

243 is a 6mm bullet. others are 6.5 or .264 bullet.

6.5 swed is a 6-5x55 (264 bullet). a fine deer rifle and an ok varmint rifle. Ballistically it is the same as the modern 260 Remington. But unfortunately the 6.5 swed is just a little too long for short action, whereas the260 is based on the 308 case and is perfect for a short action.

Ballistically the 6.5-284 is identical to the 6.5-06. it is a few 100 feet persecond faster than the 260 or the swed. The 6.6-284 is ok in a short action rifle (6.5-06 is only in a long action).

IMO the 243 is a better varmint gun than a deer gun. so for deer any of the above would be better than the 243. why? simple. the 243 is a 100 grain max bullet while the 6.5 rifles can go to 160 gr bullets for big game.

I own and hunt with 243 and 6.5 rifles. for groundhogs, the 243 is superior; for deer/black bear the 6.5 swed, 260, 6.5-06 are better.
 

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Harry,
I do not want to ruffle any feathers here but your statement that, the 243 is a 100 grain max bullet,
is incorrect.
The max bullet weight for the 243 win is actually a 107 grain Sierra Matchking. And quite a few bullet makers offer 105 grain bullets. If i hunted deer in the SW part of pa, I would aggree that the 6.5, 260, would be a better choice of cartridge, but here in the eastern part of the state where the deer average around 125, to 175 lbs, I say the 243 is moore than up to the task.
Just my 2 cents.
Roland
 

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i have and shoot alot of 6mm rem and 6.5x55 swedish mauser calibers and i would rather have my toenails pulled out with pliers than give up either caliber
 

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roland45 said:
Harry,
I do not want to ruffle any feathers here but your statement that, the 243 is a 100 grain max bullet,
is incorrect. The max bullet weight for the 243 win is actually a 107 grain
I don't think 5 gr. is going to make a lot of difference. I think Harry was referring to bullet construction where 100 gr bullets are usually designed for big game. The lighter bullets for varmints.
 

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I would take the 6.5 If you are a reloader. I can't knock a 243, I have seen many big deer drop to this gun. Shot placement as usual being the key. The last time i bought brass the 243 was the far best deal, and always on the shelf.
 

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I have 6.5X55 Swede...no comparison to a 243.
 
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