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#6065821 - 12/03/15 10:33 PM 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308
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Which would you choose to hunt most North American game while making a precision rifle? Non-reloader, so ammo availability and cost is a consideration.

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#6065826 - 12/03/15 10:39 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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Originally Posted By: thruxton
Which would you choose to hunt most North American game while making a precision rifle? Non-reloader, so ammo availability and cost is a consideration.


To me, these criteria make the 308 a no-brainer. I love and have both calibers, so no bias here...

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#6065830 - 12/03/15 10:43 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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308, though I am a big fan of the 6.5s when you get into big critters I like a bigger bullet. Sure the 6.5CM can handle elk but I am more confident on that size critter with a little more bullet weight than most factory loads that are available for the CM

Also just about any bullet type is available for the 308 to cover a wide range of critters.

If you were a reloader would say flip a coin

You could also split the difference and use one of my favorite rounds 7mm-08.
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#6065867 - 12/03/15 11:09 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
308, though I am a big fan of the 6.5s when you get into big critters I like a bigger bullet. Sure the 6.5CM can handle elk but I am more confident on that size critter with a little more bullet weight than most factory loads that are available for the CM

Also just about any bullet type is available for the 308 to cover a wide range of critters.

If you were a reloader would say flip a coin

You could also split the difference and use one of my favorite rounds 7mm-08.


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#6066123 - 12/04/15 08:01 AM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
308, though I am a big fan of the 6.5s when you get into big critters I like a bigger bullet. Sure the 6.5CM can handle elk but I am more confident on that size critter with a little more bullet weight than most factory loads that are available for the CM

Also just about any bullet type is available for the 308 to cover a wide range of critters.

If you were a reloader would say flip a coin

You could also split the difference and use one of my favorite rounds 7mm-08.


^^This^^

I am a 6.5 Creedmoor owner, a 7mm-08 owner, and a renewed .308 owner. I'd have to say the 6.5 Creemoor is my favorite rifle of the bunch, but I am a hand loader so I can build ammo for just about any task for it. And I agree with Kevin, the 7mm-08 does bridge the gap nicely between the speed and BC of the 6.5 Credmoor and the available ammo and larger bullets of the .308.

If a guy was going to be a one short action rifle man my inclination would be toward the 7mm-08. (I would make mine A.I.)
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#6067348 - 12/04/15 07:08 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: ckat]
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Originally Posted By: ckat
Originally Posted By: thruxton
Which would you choose to hunt most North American game while making a precision rifle? Non-reloader, so ammo availability and cost is a consideration.


To me, these criteria make the 308 a no-brainer. I love and have both calibers, so no bias here...


+1. If you don't reload, the 308 makes the most sense. Tons of factory ammo and it's usually cheaper because it's so popular.
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#6067388 - 12/04/15 07:37 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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Go with 308

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#6067690 - 12/04/15 10:59 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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By no means to highjack the thread.
What are ya'lls thoughts.
243. or- 6.5 Creedmore.?
Custom Build.

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#6068401 - 12/05/15 04:21 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: Bittercreek]
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Originally Posted By: Bittercreek
By no means to highjack the thread.
What are ya'lls thoughts.
243. or- 6.5 Creedmore.?
Custom Build.


How do you intend to use the rifle?
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#6068885 - 12/05/15 09:54 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: charlesb]
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Originally Posted By: charlesb
Originally Posted By: Bittercreek
By no means to highjack the thread.
What are ya'lls thoughts.
243. or- 6.5 Creedmore.?
Custom Build.


How do you intend to use the rifle?

Texas Whitetail/Mulies.

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#6068975 - 12/05/15 11:10 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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Creedmoor hands down over the .243. Love my .243 but in a custom build, the 6.5 wins.
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#6069026 - 12/06/15 12:14 AM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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building a creedmore right now, however if north american game is the idea then 308 is the only one out of that choice. While I dont love the 308 it is the best of the two choices if north american game is the idea.
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#6069120 - 12/06/15 07:32 AM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: Bittercreek]
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Originally Posted By: Bittercreek
Originally Posted By: charlesb
Originally Posted By: Bittercreek
By no means to highjack the thread.
What are ya'lls thoughts.
243. or- 6.5 Creedmore.?
Custom Build.


How do you intend to use the rifle?

Texas Whitetail/Mulies.


If it were just the whitetail I'd say go for the 243. Mule deer can get pretty big though. - I saw a truly enormous mule deer a few years back in the Lincoln National Forest.

So for what you intend to hunt, I think TCB has the right idea. - The 6.5 Creedmoor will serve you better than the .243 Winchester.
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#6069124 - 12/06/15 07:38 AM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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Originally Posted By: thruxton
Which would you choose to hunt most North American game while making a precision rifle? Non-reloader, so ammo availability and cost is a consideration.


Put me down in the 308 Winchester group. Either one can be used successfully, but the 308 gives you an edge, especially with factory loads.

Since hunting is an expensive, once in a while kind of thing, I'd recommend finding a premium factory load that gets along well with your rifle. There are several clear advantages there that make them well worth the bit of extra expense.
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#6069298 - 12/06/15 10:17 AM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 [Re: thruxton]
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6.5 ether way for me. I run the 129s on mule deer down and the 143s on mule deer up.
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