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 Post subject: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:41 pm 
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I am new to hunting and am looking at getting a rifle that I can hunt deer and also do non match long distance target practice 600+yd in off season. I am wondering if anyone huts deer or larger animals around here with a 6.5 Creedmoor caliber rifle? I have a buddy who swears by a 120 gr. From his. 243 for deer and I see the 6.5 can go upto a 140gr.
Thanks for the advice.




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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:12 pm 
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For deer, you have lots of choices. For what you describe, a .243 or a .308 is a good choice, but so are a lot of other things. When allowed (not in Illinois), I use either a .270 Win or a 7mm-08. Consider the 6.5 Creedmoor a 7mm-08 but with better ballistics.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:09 pm 
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Kraig,

The .243 ("baby" .308) will take whitetail with efficiency and if that's what you go with I'd suggest the Hornady Superformance round in 95 grain bullet weight. The 6.5 Creedmore (I have rifles in both calibers) really starts to shine at 300 yards and is reputed to be a good choice even out to 1,000 yards.

Here's a link that offers a comparison opinion: https://www.snipercountry.com/6-5-creedmoor-vs-243/

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:52 pm 
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Don't have a 243 but would not discount it's ability on deer size game or shooting long distance with high BC 105 grain bullets. Have done both with the Creedmoor and 308 Winchester along with 7mm Rem and 300 mags both Winchester and H&H. For low recoil hunting situations I like my 6.5 Creedmoor and my 257 Roberts, 308 Win is great but has more recoil . The 7mm 08 should not be overlooked for your application.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:54 pm 
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I've used the 260 Rem for several years which is a ballistic twin to the Creedmore. It will do fine on deer and even elk with the right bullet. The 120 gr Ballistic Tip and Fusion are my my favorites in common factory loads. In my handloads I prefer 129 gr bullets for no particular reason as I bought a bunch for very cheap.

For a non-Handloader and a factory rifle the 6.5 Creedmore is probably the way to go for your purposes. Very high quality factory ammo for both hunting and match is readily available at reasonable prices which cannot be said for the other suggestions.

This pains me to say as my darlings, the 260 and the 7/08 are sadly lacking in choices and price in comparison. The 243 does not have the factory support in match loads compared to the Creedmore and the 308 costs more for good match loads. When I shoot out the barrels of my 260s I might explore going with the Creedmore.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
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I too agree if you do not hand load then the 6.5 Creedmore is the way to go these days. I am a big 6.5mm / .264 fan and shoot 600/800 and 1,000 yards with a 6.5. I prefer the 6.5x47 Lapua, but you won't find many gun shops stocking the Lapua ammo, which is also extremely expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:07 am 
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I've used my 6.5 Creedmoor on whitetail and plan to use it on an Aoudad and boar hunt. I wouldn't hesitate to use it on elk or mulie. I am wrestling with whether to take it to South Africa this summer for plains game. I'm sure it would do little great, but am leaning towards my .300 Win Mag out of an abundance of caution.

Good of luck and good hunting.




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