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Old November 9th, 2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Help Me Decide ... Son's First Rifle in 6.5 cal.

This Christmas my wife and I have decided to buy one of my sons his first rifle. He's a smaller guy, and I'm thinking the 6.5 Caliber would be good for him. He's recoil sensitive, and I'm not considering any other calibers, so please don't suggest them.

We've pinned it down to 1 of 2 rifles.


1) Howa Mini Action in 6.5 Grendel

2) Ruger American Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor


I handload several 6.5 calibers, so that's one of the reasons I'm considering either. I could load down H4895 loads in the Creedmoor if he needed them, OR the Grendel should be soft enough that it wouldn't matter.

What are your opinions on either rifle?


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I have no experience with the 1500 "mini" however the 1500's are a great rifle. They are heavier than the Ruger.
I have shot many Ruger Americans. To date I have not shot one that won't shoot an inch or better with factory ammo. They come from Ruger with a target crowned muzzle, an adjustable trigger, free floated barrel and an aluminum bedded action. Not bad for a rifle that you can pick up for 400 or better.
If I had to choose one I would go with the American. JMHO.

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[quote=KYMountainMan;2200626]This Christmas my wife and I have decided to buy one of my sons his first rifle. He's a smaller guy, and I'm thinking the 6.5 Caliber would be good for him. He's recoil sensitive, and I'm not considering any other calibers,

I handload several 6.5 calibers,quote]

Neither of them, but I would suggest a Swedish Mauser like the M/96 in 6,5x55mm. A great bolt rifle to learn all of the basic's a young man needs to learn with and spend a good portion of his life time just mastering them. Just my 2 worth.


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I second the Swedish Mauser as well. They are very accurate, robust, mild on recoil and a great military rifle to own. They have come to be known as great hunting rifles as well as fine military rifles. All the best with your decision.

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No 6.5 x 55. I already have plenty new modern rifles in this caliber and they are too heavy for him.

No other calibers other than the two I listed.

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I have no experience with the 1500 "mini" however the 1500's are a great rifle. They are heavier than the Ruger.
I have shot many Ruger Americans. To date I have not shot one that won't shoot an inch or better with factory ammo. They come from Ruger with a target crowned muzzle, an adjustable trigger, free floated barrel and an aluminum bedded action. Not bad for a rifle that you can pick up for 400 or better.
If I had to choose one I would go with the American. JMHO.
The new Howa Mini Actions are around the same size as the CZ 527 carbines. I have a 527 carbine in 7.62x39 that he really likes, can handle, and shoots well. The 6.5 Grendel is basically a 7.62x39 case necked down to 6.5.

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well you can do it the military way and say; son here is your rifle.

OR

you could take your son to the LGS and see which one he likes.

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see which is lighter,put a pachmayer decelerator pad on it.let him see which feels best to him

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Do you have a rifle he likes to shoot? Does he like to shoot it more than the the others?(assuming you have a few).
Give him that one.

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I am familiar with both actions as I sell both. I just have not personally used any of the Howa mini's as of yet so I do not have any field experience with the little Howa.
Your son would be happy to have either one of those rifles. If the mini shoots as well as the other Howas it would be a very accurate rifle also. As I stated I have and have shot numerous Americans. They have all been shooters.

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6.5 Grendel ammo is a lot cheaper if you don't mind steel. If you can have him handle both, IMHO, go with the best trigger. I am partial to Ruger iron.

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Go with the 6.5 Grendel.

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for the guys kicking the 6.5 around the decision bench give 6.5X47 lapula a look

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