.280 or 6.5x284 for elk

Oklahunter1

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Question for the guru’s. My .280 load gives 1846 FPS with 1211 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting a 160 gr partition at 2635 FPS. My 6.5x284 load gives 2092 FPS with 1360 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting. 140 gr accubond at 2873 FPS. Since the 6.5x284 has more velocity and energy should I use this for my elk hunt? I know some of you will say I need a larger caliper but this is what I have to work with. Please give me your opinions. Thanks!
 

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Question for the guru’s. My .280 load gives 1846 FPS with 1211 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting a 160 gr partition at 2635 FPS. My 6.5x284 load gives 2092 FPS with 1360 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting. 140 gr accubond at 2873 FPS. Since the 6.5x284 has more velocity and energy should I use this for my elk hunt? I know some of you will say I need a larger caliper but this is what I have to work with. Please give me your opinions. Thanks!
I can tell you that Ive killed over 25 bulls with a 6.5 running a 140 partition at around 3100 with no problem. Most were 400-600 yards.
 

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Either one will work. I would make my decision based on which rifle I shoot better and which one will best fit my needs. Think about ease of carry while in the mountains, stability when shooting longer ranges or even how weather resistant. Anyway, good luck and shoot a big one.
 

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Question for the guru’s. My .280 load gives 1846 FPS with 1211 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting a 160 gr partition at 2635 FPS. My 6.5x284 load gives 2092 FPS with 1360 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting. 140 gr accubond at 2873 FPS. Since the 6.5x284 has more velocity and energy should I use this for my elk hunt? I know some of you will say I need a larger caliper but this is what I have to work with. Please give me your opinions. Thanks!
Definitely the 65x284 it has more velocity more kinetic energy plus I have one it is my favorite caliber so of course this is how I would respond
 

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I've taken elk with both, at 400+, neither took more than a couple of steps, using 140 BT & AB.

I've taken more game with a straight 280, than any of my other rifles. The 6.5-284 is also a favorite, so you can't go wrong with either. Just stay within your limits for distance and shot placement.
 

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I would think you could get that partition going a bit faster than 2600FPS in 280... My vote is for the 280 but it’s only .5MM different, I don‘t think they’ll notice if you hit them in the right spot with the right bullet.
 

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Question for the guru’s. My .280 load gives 1846 FPS with 1211 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting a 160 gr partition at 2635 FPS. My 6.5x284 load gives 2092 FPS with 1360 ft lbs at 450 yards. I’m shooting. 140 gr accubond at 2873 FPS. Since the 6.5x284 has more velocity and energy should I use this for my elk hunt? I know some of you will say I need a larger caliper but this is what I have to work with. Please give me your opinions. Thanks!
I used my 6.5 284 Norma for my Elk and it worked great was able to make a one shot kill at 625 yards 140 grain for what it is worth. Good Luck on your hunt
 

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