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Cor NepgenHi Lane,
Yes its interesting to see the 6.5 excitement going on. Have you read the cartridge book yet? I think it has a very good background and application for the caliber.
I think the recent craze with t he 6.5 has some to do with competitive PRS style shooting. I have look sometimes for interest sake and it seems most of the top guys use brass of the Creedmoore or 6.5 x 47 Lapua. These are either using the parent case as is, or necked down for a 6mm wildcat variant.
I think the competitive sport shooting community sets a lot of trends, they tend to shoot more than your average guy so buying power plays a role. Secondly I also think general public look at these guys and think well if they do this, it must be good so I will as well!
Thing is, these guys shoot rather heavy rifles and look for minimal recoil. They do not decide on a cartridge based on terminal performance as they mostly shoot steel. Either way, I think these cartridges will stay around for quite a while. I do think the Swede in hand loads is still the equal or perhaps better than many of the modern variants. Marketing by big companies and failure to do proper research by the average Joe may play some role in why the swede is not more popular but thats just speculation on my part.
Might be missing the boat entirely so feel free to disagree and share your thoughts.
Interesting thread though!