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Old 05-09-2014, 06:15 PM
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Caliber Suggestions?

Looking for a new barrel for my Encore. The barrels listed are 15".

I'm looking into the following calibers:
250 Savage
6BR
243
6.5 Creedmoor
25/06

I want something without a break that'll be kind to my wrist.

Intended game is whitetail from a solid rest with known distances. Maximum distance would be realistically 100-200 yards, with a possibility of stretching that to 300.

The calibers listed above are what I can find currently in stock. I feel all of them are pretty capable except the 250 savage. I just want what's best for my money and application.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:51 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

The 250 Savage would have been my first response, but with the popularity of the 6.5 Creed, I would go with that first.
Very capable.
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Looking for a new barrel for my Encore. The barrels listed are 15".

I'm looking into the following calibers:
250 Savage
6BR
243
6.5 Creedmoor
25/06

I want something without a break that'll be kind to my wrist.

Intended game is whitetail from a solid rest with known distances. Maximum distance would be realistically 100-200 yards, with a possibility of stretching that to 300.

The calibers listed above are what I can find currently in stock. I feel all of them are pretty capable except the 250 savage. I just want what's best for my money and application.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:52 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

If it where me:
With the wrist saving parameter,
6BR
6.5 Creedmoor
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:31 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

Truth be told I really like the look of the 6BR. I just wasn't sure if it'd be up to the task.

What type of velocities can I expect to see with it?

What would be a good hunting bullet for this application?

The 250 savage looked great but I was concerned it'd have poor ballistics. If either of these lighter recoiling calibers would be a very viable option then i'd prefer to go that route.

Thanks.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:49 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

If you go with the 6BR pay attention to barrel twist. You need a 9" twist to use the heaver bullets. With a 15" barrel you can get 2800 fps with 85 gr bullets, 2700 fps with 90 gr and 2600 with 100 gr.

I picked up a Contender barrel 14" in 6mm-225 Winchester plus loading dies in an estate sale CHEEP since it was a wildcat caliber. It about duplicates the 6BR. I get 2850 fps with 30 grs Varget with the Sierra 80 gr SSP bullet. My problem is that the barrel is a 12" twist and it will not stabilize any thing heaver than the 80 gr bullet. I shot around 10 deer with this combo but decided that it was too soft a bullet for my liking. On broad side shots inside 120 yards, longest shot I made, it would not exit and deer would run off some and did not leave much of a blood trail. The last 4 or 5 I used neck shots. I would weight until they were facing me and when they put their head down I would shoot them where the neck meets the body between the shoulders. It dropped them in their tracks from cutting the spine. I did get some 85 gr Nosler partitions to see if they would shoot but never did get around to trying them. I got a 14" MGM made 30-30AI barrel that became my deer barrel. It is AWESOME with 125 ballistic tips at 2670 fps and it SMOKES deer. I just use the 6mm-225 for varmints which it does a great job.

Don't know about the 6.5 Creedmoor in a pistol barrel. But many of the 6.5 bullets 120 to 140 grs are meant to use in the 2400 to 2700 fps muzzle velocity range and that should be doable with it. They would be better for the 200+ yard shots for deer.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:23 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

123 A-Max will work great
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:23 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

That's what I don't want to have happen. The brush here is pretty heavy. And a minimal blood trail plus a long track could suck.

I'm a pretty decent marksman, so I can put it where it needs to go. I like more of the bang-flop type of situation, lol.
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