So its that time again; the time after my birthday that I get to choose a new rifle for a present. The two cartridge I've been considering are the .243Winchester and 6.5Creedmoor. I choose these two because I already own a magnum rifle; for long range hunting. And I already own a .30-06... because its a .30-06.. I want a cartridge that is small, light recoil, doesn't ruin pelts, but still has the ability to reach. What would you picks between these two? Why the .243: If I was to be chambered in the .243, my close hunting buddy and I could both share ammo. The caliber is small enough for varmint; and extended range target shooting. If I wanted, deer sized game could be harvested with this caliber. This cartridge has also has plenty of factory loads for it, and its well vouched for in the community. Why the 6.5: Well, this cartridge is new, but all who've fired it has vouched for it being excellent. I mean.. its made by Hornady!! However, none of my buddies shoot this cartridge. And factory loads are scarce. I know it can reach, but I think it would be too strong for varmint. I know its more of a big game cartridge.