6.5 Creedmoor or not?

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  1. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to talk myself into a 6.5 Creedmoor for coyotes and longer shots on gophers. I'm just not familiar enough with it to be sure yet. I've got a gap between my 204 and 270win that needs to be filled, and the light recoil etc is awful tempting. But I'm wondering if i'd be better off with a 243, 25-06, maybe 6mm, etc. So far the Creedmoor is looking best. I know it's known for accuracy and light recoil, but that's about it. Bullet selection isn't as wide as the 243, and I know next to nothing about the 25-06. I'd like something easy on the shoulder so my wife can can use it as well ( I'd like to shoot my 204 once in a while too:D) But also something hard hitting enough for some medium range deer. What do y'all think, is this new Creedmoor the real deal, or am I better off with something tried n true?
     
  2. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    I got a chance to shoot this at "Savage Day" at my club, I don't know about light recoil, maybe it was just a heavy load. But a very nice gun I must add.

    I have several friends that shoot .243 and I like that cartridge. I have one friend that uses it for woodchucks with a 55 grain Sierra and it is very soft shooting.
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I would go 243AI or 6XC and shoot the 105 Amax or the a 115gn of some type. Will be very accurate, and do the job you want it too do.

    Tank
     
  4. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

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  5. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should clarify "light" recoiling. I go from a varmint 204 to a 270win shooting at max load, then to a 7mm rem mag (with several hot loads), to a 338 lapua sporter weight with no break. So "light" doesn't have to be 22lr light, just something I can put a bunch of rounds down the pipe in a sitting without getting beat up.
     
  6. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    I was not thinking about you, I was thinking about your wife. I just wanted you to have something she would be happy with.

    You know what you are doing.

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    Just wanted to add, I grew up shooting wise as a shotgunner shooting clay, put more that 100,000 shells thru one gun alone and I have always gravitated toward the least amount of recoil to get the job done. Makes things more fun and I don't have a flinch, "knock on wood".
     
  7. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya one that one. My old man was always a "bring enough gun guy" which is fine for him. He shoots about 4 rounds a year- 1-sight in elk gun 2-kill elk 3- sight in deer gun... I don't know how many times I've heard "you wont feel it in the field". It took me quite a while to get over the flinch I developed as a kid. His idea of practicing shooting technique was taking the 22 and a box of shells out to the gopher field.

    Once i got old enough to shoot when I wanted to, I was just so used to big guns that thats what I shoot. Now that I've got a few more years of shooting (and a wife that's not a fan of any recoil at all), I'm beginning to better understand the "least amount of recoil to get the job done theory". A well placed shot vs an artillery strike, I guess.

    I think I'll take look at the Savage. Does anyone know who else is chambering the 6.5 Creedmoor.
     
  8. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

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    Ruger is chambering their Mod.77 Hawkeye in 6.5 Creedmoor (if you can find one) and the TC Icon is also chambered for it.
     
  9. Maq Attaq

    Maq Attaq Well-Known Member

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    Winchester has a beauty in the 6.5 target series. laminate stock / SS Bull barrel 28".....I have also been looking at this caliber but you definitly have to reload if you are going with the 6.5....Not many off the shelf rounds available
     
  10. Dalebow

    Dalebow Well-Known Member

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    my 26" cooper 6.5 creedmore is moving at 3010 fps with hornady superformance 120gr gmx, death ray!
     
  11. xdeano

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    I'd say go for it. I don't own one, but i've shot several of my friends and they all are very accurate rifles/rounds. They have a pretty decent bullet selection with high BC's. I think I'd choose the creedmoor over the 260 just off case design itself. Not that the 260 or other cartridges are bad, it just seems to have a better design. By that I'm talking about shoulder angle, neck length and case tapper, just seems more efficient. You could look at the 6.5 Super L/R also it's basically the same round.

    xdeano
     
  12. 6.5x284tony

    6.5x284tony Well-Known Member

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    There is another option you may want to consider. Build a 6x47 lapua. Simply neck down the 6.5, and have the great selection of 6mm bullets if that is what you want. I have heard a lot of good things about this round.

    Tony.
     
  13. Dhughes

    Dhughes Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a 6x47 and love it. I've killed deer out to 750 with it and steel out to 1100. Shooting a 105 berger around 2850 fps.
     
  14. Greyfox

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    I was attracted to the 6.5 CM but ended up going with the 260Rem. Availability of brass at the time, and I'm not a fan of Hornady brass. Just me. No regrets at all.