2022 Statistics on Firearm and Shotgun Certificates
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Pragmatic folks can argue that 2 inches less drop, 2 inches less wind drift and 200 foot-pounds more energy at 300 yards don’t matter to the deer you hit. Maybe. But Super Bowls have been won by these margins. And at longer distances, the 6.5-284 Norma advantage really starts to add up. If you ever have to shoot something at 500 yards, don’t you want a bullet that falls 10 inches less, deflects 6 inches less and packs 346 more foot-pounds of kinetic energy than a 165-grain .308? That’s the 6.5-284 Norma. Heck, it even delivers 133 foot-pounds more energy than the 165-grain 308 slug at 200 yards.
You may have heard of it but probably never taken any game with it. Most folks have never even seen the cartridge because it’s just not that popular. But it should be. The 6.5-284 outperforms many famous hunting cartridges including 270 Winchester, 280 Remington and 30-06 Springfield and (in some ballistic categories) even the 7mm Remington Magnum. What this overlooked 6.5mm delivers is less drop, less drift, more punch downrange and a higher Sectional Density for deeper penetration. Recoil is comparable to a 270 Win.
Ballistically, the 308 Winchester can’t match up to the faster 6.5-284 Norma. Neither can the 260 Rem. or 6.5 Creedmoor. However, the 6.5 Norma isn’t a “true” short-action cartridge, so long, high B.C. bullets must be seated farther into its powder space in order to function in short action magazines. No big deal. Thanks to its fatter diameter and longer case, it still out-propels all the others.