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6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

 
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:36 PM
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6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

Im looking for a new long range coyote rifle. I have a few rifles picked out depending on the caliber. I cant decide between the 260 remington, the 6.5 creedmore, and the 25-06. Ill be exclusively hunting coyotes at most any ranges within 500 yards, and I may be doing some target shooting farther than that. I dont need a fur friendly cartridge so that isnt a problem. Recoil also wont be a problem and I think factory ammo cost is pretty similar between the three. I dont have any experience with the three so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:48 PM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

Ive got a 260 and a 25-06.....Id go with the 250 alone if I had to do it all over again
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:02 PM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

I have a 260 and a 25-06 as well and love them both.
If you are planning on running lighter than 100 gr bullets the 25 is the way to fly. However if you are going to run 100 plus gr bullets, I would go for the 260.

Be aware that 25 cal bullets are not as easy to come by as 6.5 bullets are (at least not in my neck of the woods).
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:48 PM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

You don't really have a bad choice in the bunch for what you are doing. I'd lean towards the .26 calibers because the bc's are noticeably better than for the .25 caliber. At longer ranges it does make a difference.
A couple of months ago was discussing the Creedmoor vs the .260 w/ my gunsmith. He leans towards the Creedmoor. Honestly I forget why.....
I have a 25-06 and a 6.5-06. Really do like the 6.5 more. Lot bigger selection of bullets for the 6.5. Best of luck. Bruce
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:54 PM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

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Im looking for a new long range coyote rifle. I have a few rifles picked out depending on the caliber. I cant decide between the 260 remington, the 6.5 creedmore, and the 25-06. Ill be exclusively hunting coyotes at most any ranges within 500 yards, and I may be doing some target shooting farther than that. I dont need a fur friendly cartridge so that isnt a problem. Recoil also wont be a problem and I think factory ammo cost is pretty similar between the three. I dont have any experience with the three so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
~TJ
If your shots are squeezed for time and you can't get a good range reading, then the 25-06 is probably the better choice because it is higher velocity for flatter trajectories and less sensitivity to range estimates.

If you are skilled at getting ranges fast, the 260 Rem is the better choice because you can dial in the drop and 140 grain high BC bullets will move less in the wind.

The weakness of the 25-06 is that there are no bullets with BCs above about 0.475 and it will always be moving more in the wind than 140 grain bullets in a .260 Rem.

The .260 is a clear winner for shooting paper targets at known ranges.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:21 AM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

I've been shooting a 25-06 for years. It's good for coyotes to about 400 yards using the 85-87 grain bullets. I recently had a 260 built. I shoot the 142SMKs thru it. Due to the high BC of the 6.5mm bullets, I'd take the 260 out any day over the 25-06. The 6.5mm bullets buck the wind better and have better downrange performance.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:48 AM
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Re: 6.5 creedmore vs. 25-06 vs. 260 Remington?

6.5 creed or 260 no question. They're ballistic twins. I'm running 2900 fps with 140 vlds in my 6.5 creed. With a .612 BC it shoots extremely well to a 1000+ for me 6.5 compared to .25 was a no brainer but I'm not limiting shots to 500. Any of your choices would work great inside 500. Over and the 6.5's will really shine. You might also consider a 7.5 or 8 twist 6 mm or .243 of some sort. There are some great high BC bullets and good velocity from many different cartridges in that family.
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