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Old December 17th, 2019, 10:23 AM   #1
 
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Thoughts on the 6.5 Hawkeye Hunter

This may be my first post, I have been a lurker for a while, long enough to have forgotten my original login creds.

I have been interested in a wood and steel rifle for awhile. I really want a 6,5x55 left hand chamber, for the older I get, the older calibers, &etc. get my attention. My choices are self limited, since I am left eye dominant.

I am able to find the 6,5x55/left hand/wood&steel in a few choices. Tikka, Savage Axis, Ruger American are not my first choice, notwithstanding the economy and accuracy of that genre.

Realizing that 6,5x55, 260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are ballistically equal with Swede have the edge on heavy bullets due to a slightly larger case, I am interested in the Hawkeye Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor. I have no need to shoot 1,000 yards, and don't want to see any comments on the ability of the Creed to hit iron at long range. I am going to use the rifle for white tail deer, and smaller species in Virginia woodland and open land, with the maximum range of 300 yards and 2-7 power scope. My hunting area is right out the back or front door, and I retired. That means nothing is invested in the hunt but my time, so I don't need to take risky, hurried shots. There is always another day.

I want a milder recoiling round than .308, with reasonable penetration for
the lighter deer we have here. I have more gun, if I need it, a 280 Remington Ruger #1 bought in the mid or late 1980's. Mine is accurate and wears a Burris 2-7 scope. No complaints with this rifle, but we know a new rifle is needed once in a while. An original, pre Remlin 1895 factory ported Guide Gun is also at hand.

I am not concerned about the pic rail on the rifle, it can be worked with, removed or replaced with a standard rail. I realize the current craze for shooting into the next county is driving the market. The threaded barrel is a plus for me, a linear compensator would be added.

Would buying this Ruger be out of line for my needs?

Thanks in advance for any input, Rick



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Old December 20th, 2019, 03:54 PM   #2
 
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I think you're right on track.
I have a Hawkeye in .257 Roberts and really enjoy it.
I also have a Ruger #1-A in 6.5x55 Swede and it is indeed a sweetheart. It shoots very well, 129 gr., 140 gr., 160 gr. or cast, makes no difference because it handles them all very well. I'm partial to the Hornady 160 gr. RN for that rifle. Where I hunt in Texas or Arkansas, a 200 yd. shot is a long one, but I wouldn't hesitate to take it.
Good luck in your quest, but you're certainly on the right track IMO!

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I think that Ruger is a great choice. I, too, am getting away from the plastic stocks and willing to pay more for a higher-quality rifle. That Hawkeye Hunter really impresses me; beautiful walnut and stainless, wow. I think the price is right too. I'd buy one but it would duplicate a couple I already own.

6.5CM is great for it's versatility and accuracy, I love mine. I think it's often the best choice in the 243/6.5mm/7mm/308 class short-action cartridges because there are so many factory loadings from 90g up to over 150g bullets. The ammo is often on sale too.
For eastern whitetails (and hogs) I think it's perfect; not overkill like the 270/280/30-06 rounds.
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Thanks for the input, gentlemen, as you can tell, my real choice is the 6,5x55. But it is hard to find in a US made rifle, and then add left hand action, impossible.

I have found a Ruger M77 Mark II Lefty, Stainless/Walnut but it's in .30-06.

Both Sako and Tikka have what I want, the Sako is within my budget. Decisions, Decisions!

Thanks again, Rick
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Rickf -
Have you checked the CZ's?
They make some mighty fine rifles, reasonable on the price, walnut and blued steel, accurate - what's not to like?
I know they make the 6.5x55, not sure about the southpaw action, but it's worth checking on.

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Old December 22nd, 2019, 06:26 AM   #6
 
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Rickf -
Have you checked the CZ's?
They make some mighty fine rifles, reasonable on the price, walnut and blued steel, accurate - what's not to like?
I know they make the 6.5x55, not sure about the southpaw action, but it's worth checking on.

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Not recently, I do have a lefty CZ452 Lux in 223 Rem. There was some talk that when the 557 series came out there would be some left hand models. I'll have to revisit CZ.

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I checked CZ, two left hand 557 rifles listed. Yep, 308 and 30-06. Thanks CZ! I guess I'll have to go to Finland...
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Does anyone know if the Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor chamber throat is long enough for a 160 grain round nose bullet?
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