6,5x68 Mauser 98

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Coldswede, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. IvW

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    The 6.5x68 is a awesome long range caliber, the only drawback being that it is seriously overbore and has limited barrel life.
     

  2. Coldswede

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    Im not too worried about the barrel life tbh since this is a pure hunting rifle. Its such a light rifle that it isnt really comfortable shooting loads of rounds down range. Its perfect to carry in the Woods though. Thinking i might get a 375 H&H next and then complement with a range rifle in 6,5x55.
     

  3. MartyJ

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    Nice, very nice. The first rifle pictured really is a beauty. The 458, I see the rear base for the QD scope mount, what happened to the front base ? Just being nosey
     

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    Sorry, didn't read all the posts. It's 03:17 hours in NY and had Africa on my mind again.
     

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    they are waiting for the scope to measure it properly and then they will mount the front base
     

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    Did you buy the 454 and the 9.3 x 62?
     

  7. Coldswede

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    Alright what would you guys say is the biggest african animal i could take with the 6,5x68? I would like to take kudu and zebra.
     

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    Coldswede, according to Chuck Hawks the 6.5 x 68 can be loaded with 63.0 Gr. of 4831 pushing a 140 Gr. bullet at 2993 FPS. That is just a little more than 200 FPS that I get out of my Swedish Mauser. Given that I have stated that I would take an "optimal" shot on the kudu of a lifetime if that was the only rifle I had available. The additional 200 FPS might make me breathe a little easier but IMHO it should still be considered a marginal caliber for an animal that can weigh 700 lbs. My son took a Zebra with a 270 unfortunately he had to shoot it several times. I know that there will be those that say they dropped Kudu and Zebra in their tracks using a 270. I also believe that there are many more that chased a wounded animal of that size for a considerable distance before being able to shoot it two or three more times. In short capable yes, preferred or optimal, no. If I knew ahead of time that I was going to be hunting either of these animals, I opt for something with more horsepower. I think my "cut-off" for your 6.5 x 68 would be Gemsbok, Blue/Black Wildebeest, Sable, Waterbuck etc.
     

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    No ..not yet .. i am still thinking.. :)
     

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    Thanks. I'll have to find one to have a look at. Not too expensive I assume? I find boresighting and shooting at 25 yards, gets me on paper most of the time.
     

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