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Old 12-23-2017, 07:31 AM
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Wanting to build a new rifle but torn on what caliber I want. It will be used to shoot thicket goats with. All the hype about the 6.5 creedmoor has me wanting one, but I'm really torn on what to get. I do hunt in an area that I have long shots but I also like a lot of knock down. My current go to gun is a 300 so I'm wanting something like that but also something I feel extremely confident in like my 300. I already have 7-08, 30-06, 7mm and 308 non of which I have the confidence in like my 300. So my question is do any of you have a 6.5 creedmoor and what are your thoughts, if not what's your "go to" confidence gun that you will shoot a doe between the eyes at 300 yards with?
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Old 12-23-2017, 08:50 AM
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I shot 2 deer with 6.5 Creedmoor...I sold it. I just wasn’t impressed.

I’d get a .25-06.
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Old 12-23-2017, 08:52 AM
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There is a reason the .308 is a sniper gun still to this day.

Was shooting a new 6.5Creedmore Monday with a friend. Finally got it dialed in on 250 yard plate before we ran out of ammo. Nice gun and will be more fun when its zeroed perfectly. Went back to the 1000 yard plate with the .308 before we quit for the day. Hear the bang, count 1001, 100- and here the plate ring, so dang cool.
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:58 AM
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I love my two 7MM-08's
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308 is tough to beat. Never shot a Creedmor though
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I shot 2 deer with 6.5 Creedmoor...I sold it. I just wasnt impressed.

Id get a .25-06.
Was you not impressed with the accuracy or the knock down?
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Old 12-23-2017, 12:44 PM
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That seems to be caliber of the day. Haven't shot one but I've been doing some reading about them. Might pick one up at some point. I hunted with a tikka 270wsm this year and it's a tack driver with factory loads.
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Old 12-23-2017, 03:34 PM
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Double Tap is making ammo that makes standard calibers hot to trot. I’ll stack my 06 shooting Hornady Light Mag 150gr SST’s up against any rifle. It’s flat out devastating. Of course Hornady doesn’t make that round anymore. But DT has some very interesting loads for all standard calibers.
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Been thinking about another .243, but a bolt or lever action this time. Miss the BAR i sold
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Creedmoor is lacking in capacity. It's a target cartridge made to shoot heavier bullets in a short action. You can get more out of a .260 or 6.5x55. If you're into trying the newest thing, Hornady introduced the 6.5 PRC for those wanting more power.

I would bet your confidence is due more to the rifle and scope set up than cartridge. Try your next cartridge in the same rifle, action length, scope....everything. A .270 and .300 can be set up to fly near about the same in near about the same rig.

I will say that the bullet you use makes as big a difference in how a rig kills as anything. People nowadays load their deer rifle like they're out for moose. Zipping a hard bullet through a deer at magnum velocity often has a less impressive effect than a soft bullet at middlin' speed.
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Was you not impressed with the accuracy or the knock down?
It was stupid accurate. Knock down was lacking though.
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Been thinking about another .243, but a bolt or lever action this time. Miss the BAR i sold
I have a BLR .243 that is pretty neat.
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I bet you are... I love my .243.
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It was stupid accurate. Knock down was lacking though.
What bullet and where were you shooting them?
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What bullet and where were you shooting them?
Hornady American Whitetail, behind the shoulder.

One was at River Creek, perfect 50yd shot. She ran 50 yds before any blood, then blew a lung out and went another 100+ after that.

Second deer was a 300yd shot at Panola. Never found any sign of a hit. Got a call from the park ranger the next day that they found my deer 500 yds from where I shot her. Went in behind the shoulder and no exit.

I bought the rifle on a whim thinking it was cool. Sold it after these two hunts.
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