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#6934537 - 10/26/17 10:30 AM Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet??
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Maybe Iím overthinking these. But trying decide between the 143 eldx or the 147 eldm?

Mainly I want to pound steel out to 1000 yards and take a deer or two say from 65 to 400 yards.

Is the 147 an efficient deer slayer at these yards. I really only want to load One round. Hope the gun knows that.

Ruled out the bergers. Not sure why. Looked at the elite 140s.

I put the gun together last night. Shilen Barrel. 8 twist 24 in barrel.

Plan is to pick bullets and reload tonight. I found 2 pounds of H4350.

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#6934556 - 10/26/17 10:41 AM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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143 or 140.... 147 is pushing it in the creed case.
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#6934561 - 10/26/17 10:43 AM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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Iíve been pleased with the 143 eldx on both deer and steel. Havenít shot the eld m
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#6934576 - 10/26/17 10:47 AM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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Cant immagein there being that much difference in BC between the 143 and 147. Given the 143 was designed as a hunting round I think it would serve a much better cross over role than the other way around.
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#6934597 - 10/26/17 11:03 AM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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I've heard 143 is the best round for hunting. The 140 and 147 are both match target rounds and will likely be more accurate than the 143, but less effective for hunting purposes.

You can "want" to only load one round, but you'll have to figure out if you want to get a target round that is just ok for hunting or a hunting round that's just ok for target shooting.

IMHO, looking at the data, the 147 is borderline too slow in a 6.5. I'd keep the discussion between the 140 and 143.

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#6934753 - 10/26/17 01:17 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Cant immagein there being that much difference in BC between the 143 and 147. Given the 143 was designed as a hunting round I think it would serve a much better cross over role than the other way around.


What Hornady publishes as the BC for both bullets showed to be true all the way down my range. I performed load development on the 140 ELD-M, and found "the charge". I got solid DOPE on it, and all was well. I then loaded a 143 ELD-X on the same brass, same primer, same powder lot, same powder charge, and ran it down the range. Due to a tad more weight, it started needing .1 Mil more correction (If memory serves) 600, 700, and 800 yards.

So to answer the OP's question, if you're going to play on the range with it AND hunt with it, get the 143 ELD-X. One load that will do it all.
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#6934756 - 10/26/17 01:19 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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I had a customer shoot 147 ELD-M through a 1:8 6.5 Creedmoor, and it did just fine.
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#6934798 - 10/26/17 01:48 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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I've run the 147s almost exclusively out of a couple CMs on everything from WT, some big Aoudad, few big hogs and steel practice and matches. They've done everything I've asked of them without a hiccup, even some of those critters being near the 700 mark. Contrary to what I hear and read on the internet, the Ms seen to be a little tougher to me than the 143s. A couple W Tx Mulies were shot in camp last year with the Hornady factory ammo, and at like velocities they seemed more splashy than what I've encountered with the 147Ms. Granted bullets do weird things sometimes, but I'm basing it on a sample of 12-13 animals...YMMV....

Have had a few buddies from out West get them into elk (bulls and cows) and Mule deer this winter out of the Creed/x47L/260 and I didn't hear one complaint in performance.

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#6934820 - 10/26/17 02:04 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I had a customer shoot 147 ELD-M through a 1:8 6.5 Creedmoor, and it did just fine.
I was talking fps. I was figuring the 147 might be moving too slow to have any real ballistic advantage over the 140.

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#6934920 - 10/26/17 03:22 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Cant immagein there being that much difference in BC between the 143 and 147. Given the 143 was designed as a hunting round I think it would serve a much better cross over role than the other way around.


What Hornady publishes as the BC for both bullets showed to be true all the way down my range. I performed load development on the 140 ELD-M, and found "the charge". I got solid DOPE on it, and all was well. I then loaded a 143 ELD-X on the same brass, same primer, same powder lot, same powder charge, and ran it down the range. Due to a tad more weight, it started needing .1 Mil more correction (If memory serves) 600, 700, and 800 yards.

So to answer the OP's question, if you're going to play on the range with it AND hunt with it, get the 143 ELD-X. One load that will do it all.


Good, solid advice there. Much appreciated.

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#6934944 - 10/26/17 03:39 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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143 ELDX works for me and several buddies...
long range steel, deer, hogs.. works
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#6934990 - 10/26/17 04:09 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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143 ELDX here, one stop shop IMO.

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#6935027 - 10/26/17 04:42 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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143 ELDX has dropped everything I shot in its tracks. Great bullet IMO.
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#6935150 - 10/26/17 06:37 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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THanks. Went with the 143 eldx

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#6935202 - 10/26/17 07:26 PM Re: Which 6.5 creedmoor bullet?? [Re: scdogman]
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Anybody ever gotten ready to reload and realized you forgot to pick up dies for the caliber?

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