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#6512294 - 10/26/16 08:44 AM Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome
xraytracker84 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/16
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I have recently been tossing around the idea of picking up a 6.5 creedmoor for hunting. Not so much for myself, but more so for my wife and oldest son. I have been a longtime .270 guy. The reason I was looking at this round is because of lighter recoil than a 308 and more knockdown than a 243. I know that ammo is quite a bit more expensive and harder to come by than the two aforementioned staples, but as I reload this is not a total deal breaker for me. I was wondering if anyone on here has hunted with, or knows someone who has hunted with one and what they thought the pros and cons were. I would also like to know if there was a significant different in the recoil of the 308 and the 6.5 creedmoor.

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#6512321 - 10/26/16 08:54 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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I have one that I will be hunting with this year. I had my gun built by Horizon Firearms and Derrick build one hell of a gun. I know he took his to Africa with him.

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#6512333 - 10/26/16 08:59 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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#6512338 - 10/26/16 09:01 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
xraytracker84 Offline
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Im not planning on laying down that kind of cash on this one. Wish I could though. I'm looking a Browning A-bolt Composite Stalker. Everything I have read about them has been positive. Just wondering on performance on game and the recoil. I want something larger for the wife and boy to shoot while keeping it pleasant and fun to shoot.

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#6512368 - 10/26/16 09:16 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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I'm a huge fan. I'm shooting a Savage Predator Hunter with a Leupold VXR. With Hornady 129 sst factory ammo, it's a .5 - .75 MOA gun all day and I'm not the best shooter. I got the rifle for me and my wife to use for many of the reasons you mentioned above. There is very little recoil and the ballistics are fantastic. All three deer it's been shot at were "Bang flops". Additionally, factory ammo for the 6.5 creedmoor is more readily available now then people realize. I've seen 6.5 ammo on the shelf almost everytime I've visited an Academy here in Houston. If not, you can easily pick some up online. Unless I'm going after elk size game and larger (which it could take with the right bullet), it'll be my go-to rifle and hunting round going forward.

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#6512379 - 10/26/16 09:21 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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Have you given 7mm-08 any consideration?
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#6512390 - 10/26/16 09:28 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: jvr_dejesus]
xraytracker84 Offline
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Thank you for your opinion and experience. I'm thinking it should be a great round for hunting whitetail.

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#6512395 - 10/26/16 09:36 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: rickym]
xraytracker84 Offline
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I have considered the 7mm08 and was looking at the compared ballistic coefficient and the 6.5 seems superior in that area. Also everything I've read from reviews and others who have shot both, say that the 6.5 has less recoil. I can't see that there would be much difference in two cartridges that similar, but thats why I am asking for experiences and opinions.

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#6512454 - 10/26/16 10:10 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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Both guns being the same, fire a 150gr .308 round and a 140gr 6.5 round and tell me you can tell the difference in recoil. Inside 400 yards, there won't be an appreciable difference in ballistics between the .308, 7-08, and 6.5. Honestly, no further than they're likely to be shooting, a .243 would do all you need it to do.
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#6512479 - 10/26/16 10:22 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
xraytracker84 Offline
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That is a very valid point. More than likely they will not be shooting far enough to take advantage of any difference in bc. I am thinking about using the 129 grain ssts and I think they might be a little lighter on recoil than the 150 grain 308 round, but like i said earlier I have no experience shooting them one after the other to compare. Thank you for your insight. I like all the input I'm getting. This place is a wealth of knowledge and experience. I wish I would have started picking peoples brains on forums long ago.

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#6512492 - 10/26/16 10:30 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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In my opinion, the recoil of the 6.5 is comparable to the .243.

I love the 6.5 Creedmoor, I know the .260 Rem has been around awhile as well as a few other .264 caliber. But the 6.5 Creedmoor seems to be catching on which is great because rifle makers are producing it and more ammo is showing up on the shelves.

Personally, I think it's here to stay. The performance I've seen on deer is outstanding, all bang flops. Also, the accuracy and little wind adjustment is a dream.
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#6512516 - 10/26/16 10:39 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: Gone to Texas]
xraytracker84 Offline
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What round are you using to hunt deer with?

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#6512631 - 10/26/16 11:33 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
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My son and I both shoot the .270. My son is twenty years old, and weighs upper 140s. He is fairly new to hunting, and didn't care for the recoil. So three years ago we picked up some Hornady custom lites for him. Boy did they help him out. He stopped twitching, and jerking when taking his shot. He goes to the range and can drop 4 in the bullseye with no problem at 100 yds. Puts it back in the case and is ready for the season. It made shooting a pleasant experience for him. In the last three years he has taken three bucks at around 100 yds. If you aren't taking shots longer then 150 yds maybe dropping the grain could help. One of these days I hope my son will gain some weight, and get some bigger shoulders. Then be able to step up the grain of his bullet.

Since you already have a .270 buy a box and try them out.


Edited by S.A. hunter (10/26/16 11:42 AM)

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#6512632 - 10/26/16 11:34 AM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Originally Posted By: xraytracker84
What round are you using to hunt deer with?


My dad and my nieces hunt with a .243, and I did as well for a while. Family-wide we've probably killed 250-300 central TX whitetails with a .243 on our place in the last 40 years. I switched to a .308 in 1991 because my cousin wanted a .243 to start with when he began (sold him mine). I've killed over 100 with it. I also have a 6.8 that's now taken over 20, and a 7mm-08 backup gun that I've killed 5 with.

If I shoot out the barrel on my .308 I would say its re-barrel chances are 40% 7mm-08, 30% Creedmoor, 30% .308. It's not a light gun so recoil in any of those calibers isn't an issue.
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#6513013 - 10/26/16 02:17 PM Re: Good and bad for the 6.5 Creedmoor All thoughts wellcome [Re: xraytracker84]
jvr_dejesus Offline
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Registered: 03/03/14
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Loc: Texas
The 7-08 is a great round as well. Recently build a LR-708 because of how great the round is as well. I would pick the creedmoor first only based off my experience with the round but the 7-08 as a strong second. Can't go wrong either way.

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