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Got the urge to add one more rifle to the collection this Christmas season. Use will be mostly paper and plinking on farm out to 800 plus. Will go on some hunts when opportunities present, but have other rifles I can take so no need for whichever one.

Right now leaning toward a tikka sporter in 6.5x55 as I have loved the tikkas I have had, 24 inch barrel. Other would be like a savage f class in 6.5x284 with 30" tube so that would eliminate hunting which is ok.

Pros for the 6.5x55 I see are ammo prices, modern loads pretty close to 284, and longer barrel life. 284 has a bit more speed and perhaps better for the longer range, but enough to make a difference?

Which one would be more fun? Any other ideas for these 2 calibers? I know it's a bit apples and oranges.....

Edited by JLud - December/25/2014 at 19:47
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I friend of mine has a Tikka in 6.5x55 and it is freakishly accurate.

As far as long range goes, 6.5-284 is better than 6.5x55, but at 800 yards, the difference is minimal.  It really gets significant after 1k.

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Yeah, can't decide if I should just wait. Have t got to shoot my 7x57 yet, and the swede would be very close to that so might be overkill, however it's a different set up. Hmmm
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