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Old 12-22-2011, 05:33 PM
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Antelope gun choice

I'm sure I'm not only one who runs into this problem. But starting to plan on antelope hunt for next year. One of my tuff decisions is what gun to take? I have narrowed it down to 3 choices. My Rem .243. Ar15 in 6.5 grendal or a jap 6.5x284 that grandpa built way back in the day before that round was cool. Now I don't own a gun that won't shoot so they are all good there. Weight wise grendal is heaviest and jap is lightest. I plan on shots being 200-600 yards. One thing I have thought about it reliability. Have not had a prob with any of them but jap then AR would be hardest to fix in field. What would u choose n why?
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:24 PM
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I'm sure I'm not only one who runs into this problem. But starting to plan on antelope hunt for next year. One of my tuff decisions is what gun to take? I have narrowed it down to 3 choices. My Rem .243. Ar15 in 6.5 grendal or a jap 6.5x284 that grandpa built way back in the day before that round was cool. Now I don't own a gun that won't shoot so they are all good there. Weight wise grendal is heaviest and jap is lightest. I plan on shots being 200-600 yards. One thing I have thought about it reliability. Have not had a prob with any of them but jap then AR would be hardest to fix in field. What would u choose n why?
Whichever of the 6.5's is the most accurate.

Why? Shot placement is the most critical aspect of shooting and the 6.5 High BC bullets in the 120-130gr range will give you great performance on Antelope/deer sized game at those ranges.

If there's really no difference in the accuracy of the 6.5's I'd go with the 6.5x284 for the the higher velocity/flatter trajectory.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:32 PM
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Re: Antelope gun choice

All three of your rifles are capable of killing an antelope at 600 yards (although I would want to runt he ballistics on the grendal to be sure). Knowing that, it comes down to which rifle are you most confident with? that is the one to take.

As an example, this past October a buddy and me went to Wyoming for our first antelope hunt. I had intended to take two rifles:

My 260 by MCR

My 280 - Updated!

As a result of some packing issues, I was forced to take only one rifle. While I wasn't happy about not having a back up rifle with me, I made the choice based on confidence. That meant taking the 260 as I had been shooting it all summer and fall in various shooting scenarios. It served me well...

2 VA LRHers in eastern WY

If it were me, based on cartridge alone, I would go with the 6.5x284 as it will send a heavier/better BC bullet faster and farther than the other two. The wind is ALWAYS blowing where the antelope play!

That said though, it's really all about confidence. take the rifle that if an antelope steps out at 600 yards in a 12mph wind, you would be surprised if you missed!
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:56 PM
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Re: Antelope gun choice

I would take both the 243 and the 6.5-284 so that if heaven forbid something happens to one, you have a back-up with you. Especially important if you are traveling a long ways from home possibly.

Either the 243 or the 6.5-284 will work very well for what you are doing. The 6.5 will have a bit more down-range pop, but both will work very well. I'd shoot the one of those two you feel most confident in.

Good luck.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:30 AM
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Re: Antelope gun choice

All decent choices, you don't mention optics, that might influence my decision. I'm a sucker for nostalgia I'd take grandpa's rifle , and the 243 as backup.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:18 AM
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I would go with the 6.5x284. I agree with prior posts that wind will likely be a factor where antelope roam. I have done a lot of distance trips and have struggled over bringing multiple rifles. If your driving to your location, bring two rifles if it helps with confidence. My own view developed over the years is that if I'm going on a hunt that will result in less than 20 rounds fired(sighters, game shots, coyotes,etc), I'll bring one rifle. If the rifle shoots and functions well, the chances of a failure are small enough, and far outweigh the added weight and logistics of two rifles. I also find that I will focus better on the shooting dynamics of my one rifle. If your flying... With heavy bags there is a much,much higher probability that the airlines will screw up, and your rifle will arrive late. The heavier your bags, the higher the chance. The weight adds up quick with two rifles/ammo, etc. While it's not always feasible due to the cost or availability, I now try to get a first class ticket, your luggage gets preferential treatment, and with many airlines, gets a big blaze orange tag that says "Priority". Never had an issue using this approach. It's great insurance. Didn't mean to go off topic, but thought this experience might be useful. Good luck on your hunt!
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:59 AM
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I would take both the 243 and the 6.5-284 so that if heaven forbid something happens to one, you have a back-up with you. Especially important if you are traveling a long ways from home possibly.

Either the 243 or the 6.5-284 will work very well for what you are doing. The 6.5 will have a bit more down-range pop, but both will work very well. I'd shoot the one of those two you feel most confident in.

Good luck.
David
I agree with the above. I used a 243 this year to get my Antelope. It was DRT at 400 ish yards with a 100 gr BT leaving the barrel at 3200 fps. Because the bullet hit ribs I recovered the bullet. I'm more a higher HP kind of guy. If you have the optics and skill the 6.5 will have lots more energy out at 600
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