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#5954337 - 09/30/15 11:07 AM 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!!
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What are your thoughts on this? I read it'll be out sometime next year.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gun-shots/first-look-new-65-300-weatherby-magnum-cartridge

Initial factory load specs

127-grain Barnes LRX @ 3,531 fps
130-grain Swift Scirocco @ 3,475 fps
140-grain Swift A-Frame @ 3,395 fps

(I really just need some good talking points to use on my wife when I try to convince her that this rifle is a must have) rifle


Edited by mreed (09/30/15 11:08 AM)
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#5954461 - 09/30/15 12:07 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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There are already some wildcats out, should give a good idea.
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#5954819 - 09/30/15 03:40 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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Weatherby experimented with this several years ago! Good friend of my ordered it from one of those surplus warehouses out of shotgun news. We couldn't find a good load so we called Weatherby. The tech asked where did he get this? They worked with this round and said it was very inconsistent, and it worked best near compressed loads. Weatherby gave up on it and scrapped all of the actions/barrels. A few years later when Jim ended up with it, he was shooting the rifle and it blew up! Spitting wood and gasses all over him and the bolt froze in place. He was fine, wood splinters, etc.
Thank God, he always wears shooting glasses! Called Weatherby and told them what happened, it was his reloads, and he wanted to see if they could fix it(and how much it would cost) Jim shipped it to Weatherby, they got it apart, and told him THEY were sorry! If he would sign a release form, they would send him another rifle. He asked about getting the 6.5 back and they did ship it back also. He ended up with a 30-378 Lazer Mark and 4 boxes of shells.
On the release form also said he was not to do anything with that 6.5-300. But time has gone by and powder has changed so...
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#5954828 - 09/30/15 03:45 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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I just watched the report, for the cost I will just keep shooting my 6.5x284 I have 2 of them.
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#5954974 - 09/30/15 05:00 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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How times have changed. When I bought my 300 wby, in the owners manual, I believe it specifically saying you're not supposed to use hand loaded ammunition in it, and it would void any warranty if you did.
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#5955040 - 09/30/15 05:52 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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It will be close to a 26 Nosler. Plus, if you neck down 300 Wby brass, you will have to neck turn them. It can be done, but it would be a big over bore round.
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#5955041 - 09/30/15 05:53 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
How times have changed. When I bought my 300 wby, in the owners manual, I believe it specifically saying you're not supposed to use hand loaded ammunition in it, and it would void any warranty if you did.


That was stupid.

An educated hand loader can make ammo that is safer than anything mass produced. Of course that would cost Weatherby some money...
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#5955198 - 09/30/15 07:29 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: redchevy
How times have changed. When I bought my 300 wby, in the owners manual, I believe it specifically saying you're not supposed to use hand loaded ammunition in it, and it would void any warranty if you did.


That was stupid.

An educated hand loader can make ammo that is safer than anything mass produced. Of course that would cost Weatherby some money...


But an uneducated or careless reloader can turn a great functioning rifle into a pipe bomb.

My thought is too overbore for me to want to mess with and barrel life well under 1000 rounds.
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#5955291 - 09/30/15 08:23 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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With the 7mm RUM available, why bother?
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#5955327 - 09/30/15 08:46 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
With the 7mm RUM available, why bother?


The RUM was necked down to 6.5 RUM by one of the THF members a couple or so years ago. It was rebarreled t a different cartridge not long afterwards, not sure he ever fund a load for it.
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#5955346 - 09/30/15 08:58 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: redchevy
How times have changed. When I bought my 300 wby, in the owners manual, I believe it specifically saying you're not supposed to use hand loaded ammunition in it, and it would void any warranty if you did.


That was stupid.

An educated hand loader can make ammo that is safer than anything mass produced. Of course that would cost Weatherby some money...


But an uneducated or careless reloader can turn a great functioning rifle into a pipe bomb.

My thought is too overbore for me to want to mess with and barrel life well under 1000 rounds.


I agree 100%. Forgive me for not speaking for both sides. smile
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#5955860 - 10/01/15 08:49 AM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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Not saying I agree or support the no handload rule wby has, just stating they have it.

Mine has only fired 20 factory rounds, rest are handloaded.
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#5956474 - 10/01/15 03:16 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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I think most manufactures have a no reload clause in their warranty. Heck the Cooper came with the test target fired with reloads but the manual states reloads void warranty. So was the warranty void by the company using their loads, nope.
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#5957014 - 10/01/15 09:42 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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I just read the article. SMH. 3500+ fps with a Barnes. Do you know how bad that would copper foul at those speeds!!?
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#5957083 - 10/01/15 10:14 PM Re: 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum!!! [Re: mreed]
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I like it, fast flat. What's not to like. It's speed and high bc will help.with ranging errors. but barrel life will be short. However as a hunting rifle it would last a long time if taken care of. Ammo price will make it a reloaders round.

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