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6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:36 PM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

Going to try to "kick it up a notch" this year. A friend of mine is going to build me a 6.5 SAUM! Going to be a barrel burner, but should be a laser beam at the distances I plan on shooting for LR hunting rig!

Going to look into running some of the Berger 140 grain match grade Hunting VLD's and be launching them around 3300 FPS. Should be a fun project and if it works out I will keep a few barrels around, if not, I will rechamber for 7 SAUM after burning through the first barrel!
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

If you run down at 3100 fps, the lower pressures will give you 2500 round barrel life.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:20 AM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

shot a decent 6x5 with my 260 with 140 grn @2830 fps at 200 yds no issue. I would not use that light bullet though as why gimp yourself with that. go with the 140 class or at least 130 class bullet. The 6.5 penetrate like mad and will do the job minus any hydrostatic shock to speak of until you crank them to around 3k or you shoot under 100 yds.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:26 AM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

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400 yards would be my max and at that distance it still has over 2200 fps and 1417 energy and for deer would be good to 500 with 2057 and 1212. I have a 26" barrel so I should be able to get everything out of that round as published or extremely close.
on deer it is good as far as you can make the shot
on elk, I would keep it 400 or under - though I know guys that have shot em over 700 with the 6.5. I saw the vid on utube of a 688 cow drt shot with a 243, so it can be done. Common sense says keep the 260/creed under 500 on elk - 300 better. You get zippo hydrostatic, so all about penetration - which the 6.5 has in spades in the 140 class bullet and it bucks the wind better than a 30cal at 190 grns
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:36 AM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

I have a 6.5 Creedmoor and love and going to use it on elk this coming season. There is a very good video on Youtube by Ron Spomer on the 6.5 .
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:37 AM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

I will be using 140 grain Nosler Accubond LR's.
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Old 12-25-2014, 03:06 PM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore-Rifle Elk Season

used the 140 ab on a mule deer last season at a little over 200. It worked well, but was too tough a bullet for that application at 2800 fps out of a 260. Deer only went 30 yds, so cannot complain, but exit hole about same as entrance on a double lung. Should be good for elk though. For deer, better off using the nosler bt in 120/ 140 or amax in 123 or 140 on lung shots. If you want to do shoulder then 140 ab is a great choice on deer. Like I said - due to the exceptional penetration of the 6.5, it really is never an issue on underpen - hard part is dumping the amount of energy in animal that you want for the shot you plan on taking. If I had that shot over, with that ab, I would have anchored it through the front shoulder.
This year, I shot my mule deer with the 260 using a 140 sst at 285 and was happy with that bullet. Two years ago( 3 seasons), I used a 129 sst on mulie and was happy, but that was a frontal shot at 45 yds that took out his cns. Used a 140 vld hunting on my bull elk this season at a hair over 200 yds and it did the drunken sailor for 100 yards - dead but did not know it. Finished it at 285 with a second vld though no real need to do so but it was getting further from the truck
I have heard great things about the vld, but think it really needs velocity to perform at potential and the 260/ creed just does not have that for those drt shots on elk. IN my opinion, the vld in 6.5 is designed more for the 264 win/6.5-06/6.5 wsm than it is for the creed or 260. Better off with a plastic tip in the 260/creed - or a partition. sst/ab/part( not a plastic tip but acts like one on front half) /aframe(ditto) for elk size. That is just my opinion - I could be wrong.
I will be using the amax next season for deer/ antelope in either 100 or 140 grn as neither is a tough animal. The 100 amax in 6.5 is not listed as a hunting bullet, but the 140 is for med game - look at the hornady book in front where they list all their bullets. Also a good ref on amax performance on game is the terminal ballistics web site.
For elk next year, I will be using a 30-06 for a little more thump. Will be loading with the 178 amax if it shoots well- 180 in sst/ part or ab if need to - all running a bit over 2800fps . Fun stuff

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