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    Handloading memories

    I was thinking about my history handloading the other day as I was loading a box of 140 gr Nosler Partitions behind 58.5 grains of 4831 for my .280. I bought the Noslers in a lot of bullets I got on line in various calibers over twenty years ago and never loaded them. One of my sons is going...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    I shot my first deer with a .303 when I was 16. Had to be 16 to get a license in Alberta, Canada at that time. Bought the gun for $9.00 by mail. (Try to do that in Canada or the USA now) It came in the original cosmoline wrapper from WWII. I cut the stock off, broke a glass jar and used the...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    I just want to comment on your tag line. "Courage is just fear that has said it's prayers." It is profound. Thank you.
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    For me, the purpose of the larger caliber is not to be able to shoot game at extended ranges. At my age, I think 400 yards is a long shot and if the game is 6 to 700 yards or longer downrange I am going to try to position myself for the closest shot I can take, hopefully not spooking the game...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    Maybe I'm just trying to keep the entertainment going for another 100 posts or so.
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    Spoke again with my friend. For those who want to know. Each of the hunters is an experienced elk hunter. Now I am not going to engage in what experienced means. All four shots were from 300 to 350 yards. They did manage to track one of the elk. Caught up with it in about 1/2 mile and...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    It is amazing to me just how worked up we can get our community. I have seen it over and over for the past ten years. I think it is great. Thanks everyone for pitching in and making this all a fun read. After all this is about trading ideas and experiences that we all glean from. This is...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    My friend has four friends who each independent of each other lost a bull this fall.
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    By the way. I am not bashing the Creedmor. I love the .260 Remington. Have never owned a 6.5 Creedmor. My point is that it is not the holy grail of cartridges. It has its place and has been a very successful round, but when it comes to Elk, some extra muscle would be a wise choice. If you...
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    These were experienced hunters. One elk ran away, maybe two elk ran away-- field craft. Four elk--one friend-- bad choice of equipment.
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    6.5 Creedmor- the Holy Grail?

    I know I am going to get a bunch of flack for posting this, but.... In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, who has a grand slam of sheep on his bedroom wall, and a super slam of the rest of the game animals in North America less a barren ground caribou, I was told during a...
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    7mm barrel life?

    In my experience the SMK's do the same thing on deer-- even 300+ pound Mulies.
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    7mm barrel life?

    The 115 gr Nosler ballistic tip comes out of the barrel about 200 fps slower than the 100, but is essentially as flat as the 100 with 200 ft lbs more terminal energy (about the same as the .280) The 160 gr .280 round will drop 42 inches vs the .257 115 gr at 30 inches with a 200 yard zero. If...
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    7mm barrel life?

    .280 Remington with .160's offers terminal ballistics more than adequate at 500 yards for Whitetails or Mulies. Why not go with something that offers readily available ammo, and modest recoil in an easy to load proven performer? Velocities aren't quite up to what you are looking for, but they...

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