Re: 140 gr 6.5mm Hybrid for hunting?
I have never shot the 6.5 hybrid, but I have taken several animals with the 180 gr 7mm hybrid. I have only lost one animal with them. I shot a good antelope buck at 599 yds and he went down like he was hit by lightening. When I walked up to him, he was slowly cresting the hill. I found him the next morning, well I found what little the coyotes left. I was able to determine my hit was just above the spinal cord,*the bullet hit one of the "wings" on the vertebre. The inital impact took him off his feet, but he was able to make it another 300 yds after he recovered from the shock. IMO the bullet was not to blame, the location of the impact was. Maybe a 50 BMG would have made it a clean kill, but nothing else would have. I have since shot many coyotes, prairie dogs, and several deer sized animals with the hybrid. The longest blood trail was about 30 yards and Ray Charles could have followed it. I am going to use the hybrids until I determine there is something better. Now if I could just find a place to shoot and hunt here in ENC... Good luck.
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