American Rifleman - November 2021 - 68

LOADING BENCH
Forty-Five Years With The 6 mm Remington
BY JOHN HAVILAND, Field Editor
F
or the traditional part of our wedding,
I bought my wife a diamond
ring; for the practical part, I
bought her a hunting rifl e. They say a
diamond is forever, and it has served
Gail well for 45 years of marriage. But,
for the same number of years, so has
the 6 mm Rem.-chambered Remington
Model 600 Mohawk she has used to
hunt mule deer and pronghorn.
Gail's fi rst hunting season was a
great success. Our fi rst fall together,
she and I headed to the prairie. Gail
crawled around cactus patches to cut
the distance on a band of antelope.
From the prone position, she zipped
a bullet across 250 yards and through
the lungs of one of the antelope. When
snow fell that fi rst November, we
headed into the foothills to hunt mule
deer. Gail vanished for several hours,
and, worried, I took up her track. Her
footprints followed along behind the
torn-up ground of what was obviously
two bucks in a running battle. The slap
of a shot came from ahead. I followed
the sound and found Gail standing over
a mule deer buck. " They'd fi ght and
run and fi ght some more, " she said,
" so it took me a while to get a shot. "
A few years after we were married,
we moved across town. Our neighbor
across the alley was Iver Henriksen,
who made a lot of rifl es for old-time
gunwriter Elmer Keith. Iver was
rather short but had giant hands. He
took Gail's rifl e in hand, wrinkled his
nose looking at it and said, " I'll fi x
this for you, Gail. " A month later,
Iver handed the rifl e back to her.
He had replaced the plastic trigger
guard/fl oorplate with a sculptured
piece of steel, added rotating sling
loops, slimmed the squared-off foreend
and thinned the grip to fi t Gail's
hands. Point-pattern checkering
panels on the grip and fore-end and a
dark fi nish gave the rifl e a restrained
beauty, and Gail was delighted to
have a rifl e unique to her.
Stumbling Start
The 6 mm Rem. originated as the
.244 Rem. in 1955. It had a stumbling
start due to competition from
Winchester introducing its .243 Win. the
same year chambered in its stylish and
desirable Model 70 with a 1:10 " rifl ing
twist suitable to stabilize up to 100-grain
pointed bullets, making it a dual-purpose
cartridge for varmints and big game. The
.244, though, was initially chambered
in the plain-Jane Model 722 Remington
with a 1:12 " twist thought to stabilize
bullets up to only 90 grains-limiting
its use to small game. However, a friend
of mine says his .244 accurately shoots
100-grain bullets.
The .244 languished until 1963
when Remington changed its name
to 6 mm Rem. and stepped up the
rifl ing twist to 1:9 " to prevent any
further criticism about the stability
of long, pointed bullets. Remington
chambered several of its semiautomatic,
pump- and bolt-action
rifl es for the 6 mm, as did Ruger and
Browning. But opinions were set, and
demand for the 6 mm has withered to
the point of obsolescence.
Bullets
Hunting big game over the years,
Gail has shot various 100-grain bullets,
such as the Nosler Partition and
Solid Base, Remington Core-Lokt,
Sierra Spitzers and Hornady Spire
Point. About 2,900 f.p.s. is the fastest
these bullets have ever started their
journey from the 18½ " barrel of her
rifl e. At that relatively mild velocity,
the bullets have expanded well, held
together and punched clear through
deer and antelope.
Some years back, I handloaded
Barnes 85-grain Triple Shock bullets
for antelope hunting. Gail fi red one of
the bullets each at two antelope, and
they both pitched over on their noses.
I had estimated velocity of the bullets
at 3,100 f.p.s., but the Triple Shocks
were fl ying along at only 2,800 f.p.s.
when I fi nally shot some of them over
a chronograph. This demonstrates that
a bullet in the right spot trumps an
extra few hundred f.p.s. of velocity.
The last few years, I've loaded
The 6 mm Rem. (r.) has never been as popular as the ballistically similar .243 Win. (l.),
but with a 1:9 " -twist barrel capable of stabilizing 100-grain bullets, it is also a dualpurpose
cartridge appropriate for use hunting both varmints and big game.
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