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Old 05-06-2012, 11:55 AM
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Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

Not going to mention caliber because I want answers to be as unbiased as possible. Take a 6.5mm bullet. Run it 2800 fps give or take 100 fps. How far and what bullet would you feel comfortable using on LR elk; say out to 800-900 yds? Some bullets may not do well in close. Go ahead and still give your recommendation for a LR 6.5mm bullet but note the short range limitation.

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:45 PM
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Re: Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

I'd have to recommend the Berger 140gn hunting bullet, otherwise you could look as the 140gn A-Max as well. I have used them both on red deer, which are similar in size though a bit smaller.

I have also used the 140gn Lapua Scenar on a red stag at 600 yards and he couldn't tell it was a target bullet, and obligingly collapsed on impact.

You could also look at the GS Custom bullets or the Barnes MRX, but my reccomendation would be to use a 140gn bullet as the minimum.

Enjoy the 6.5
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:22 PM
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Re: Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

140 berger worked for me on elk, rangefinder said 749. shot twice and he went about 30 yards
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Re: Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

I would never use a light caliber like that out to 800-900. I gave up a 7mm 20 yrs ago and I am A dedicated elk hunter with a large heard of elk under my belt.That set up will bite you one day at that range.
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Re: Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

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I would never use a light caliber like that out to 800-900. I gave up a 7mm 20 yrs ago and I am A dedicated elk hunter with a large heard of elk under my belt.That set up will bite you one day at that range.
Just making sure I understand you. You "moved" up to 7mm 20 yrs ago or you quit using a 7mm 20 yrs ago and moved up in caliber?

If I understand you correctly, bullets have improved considerably in the past 20 yrs

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Re: Recommend 6.5mm bullets for LR elk

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I would never use a light caliber like that out to 800-900. I gave up a 7mm 20 yrs ago and I am A dedicated elk hunter with a large heard of elk under my belt.That set up will bite you one day at that range.
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There IS no bullet in a 6.5 starting at 2800' that is suitable for elk at 800-900 yards. You will kill a few and lose a few IMO.......Rich
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:42 PM
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There IS no bullet in a 6.5 starting at 2800' that is suitable for elk at 800-900 yards. You will kill a few and lose a few IMO.......Rich
Well, how far out would you go given the parameters I gave? Again, what bullet/s?

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