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#7154297 - 04/28/18 03:39 PM 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor
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Hey all,
Looking to pick up a whitetail and pronghorn rifle chambered in either 243 or 6.5 Creedmoor. Is there any real world differences for the intended game at sane distances?

This rifle will accompany a 22-250 and 300 wsm.

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#7154306 - 04/28/18 03:47 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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I love my 243 for target shooting but for hunting I would go 6.5. Lots of difference between 100gr 243 and a 140gr 6.5.
Made 3 shots this past season with a 243 at 100yds or less. Tracked game for 250 yds or more. Shoot a hog in the face at 75 yds and did not recover it. All shoots were with Sierra 85gr hp's. Gun shoots the great.

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#7154340 - 04/28/18 04:30 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter

Looking to pick up a whitetail and pronghorn rifle chambered in either 243 or 6.5 Creedmoor. Is there any real world differences for the intended game at sane distances?


IMO no.
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#7154344 - 04/28/18 04:44 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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No. But I would go with 6.5.

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#7154349 - 04/28/18 04:54 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Use bullets designed for hunting at the yardages most shoot there is not much effective difference between the 2 at least for our texas deer and most hogs.
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#7154351 - 04/28/18 05:00 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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These numbers are based on Hornady Precision Hunter ammo at 100 yards for both calibers. Both test barrels were 24".

.243: 103 ELD-X @ 3050


6.5 Creedmoor: 143 ELD-X @2700


Edited by ImTheReasonDovesMourn (04/28/18 05:00 PM)
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#7154353 - 04/28/18 05:04 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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The 6.5 beats the 6mm in retained energy, and really starts to run away as range increases. I don't know if a critter could tell which caliber you shot it with, but science is science.
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#7154381 - 04/28/18 06:09 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
The 6.5 beats the 6mm in retained energy, and really starts to run away as range increases. I don't know if a critter could tell which caliber you shot it with, but science is science.


Yup.

The seasoned pronghorn hunters on this forum report they are not very tough. In any case, I would rather have a 6.5mm or larger. Heavier bullet is more energy. I've spent time around pronghorn many days, while prairie dog shooting. Your shot could be 100 yards, and it could be 400 yards. You can also count on it being windy, 10 mph wind is a gift where pronghorn live.
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#7154389 - 04/28/18 06:20 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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The CM will feed better in the SA which is one of the design purposes of the CM. I like both, there's no huge difference that's worth debating IMO. For deer and speed goats your good with either out to 600. Both are sought after calibers so availability of choice brass and bullets could be hard to find for either one. Shot placement always makes a difference. Stick with a berger elite hunter, hornady ELDx, or something similar that shoots best in your gun.

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#7154394 - 04/28/18 06:29 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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6.5 is the death knell for the 243 and about time. It is nice to have exit holes without having to run premium bullets.

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#7154439 - 04/28/18 07:45 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Without being a Creedmoor fanboy, beneath the hype it's actually a very nice, sensible cartridge. If you like numbers it's also more "between" the .22-250 and .300 WSM than the .243; an irrelevancy in the real world, of course.
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#7154452 - 04/28/18 08:00 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Sounds like the 6.5 Tikka T3x LH it is.

Thanks all

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#7154457 - 04/28/18 08:02 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Good call!

If you are not a hand loader, I've seen several Tikka barreled actions shoot Hornady 143 gr ELD-X very well.
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#7154530 - 04/28/18 10:03 PM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Good call!

If you are not a hand loader, I've seen several Tikka barreled actions shoot Hornady 143 gr ELD-X very well.


Yeah, me too.


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#7154725 - 04/29/18 09:54 AM Re: 243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Between those two, the 6.5 is the obvious choice for all the reasons mentioned above.
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