6.5 bullet for Prong Horn

dogz

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I have a 6.5-270 WSM that I'm going to use on a Prong Horn hunt this year. I like the Berger bullets, my choice is the 135 gr. Classic Hunter, 140 gr. EOL Elite Hunter, 156 gr. EOL Elite Hunter
My longest kill shot so far is 850 yards with my 7-300 Norma with the 195 Berger on Elk, I like heavy bullets, but the 156 gr. may be over kill


Not sure if you're looking for options or just want a pick of the one's you mentioned (any of those will do just fine).

Antelope are not particularily tough to tip over, we've shot 90% of ours with a plain Jane 700/ 22/250 with 55's and 60's. Tough to beat this combo.

As for your 6.5 WSM I'd take a quick look at any you mentioned and or would go with the 120 NBT, 129 Horn SP , 130 Sierra HPBT and a host of others. Tough to pick a bad one really!
 

Tulsa Reiner

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Here is a picture of a round in my 6.5 PRC, jammed against the rim of the chamber after I attempted to close the bolt.
The rounds fits easily into the chamber, but those in the left position of the staggered stack won't feed.
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codyadams

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Looks like a smith needs to tune your feed rails. Or as stated, change to a center feed mag box. Since yours is a clone, its likely already opened up for a longer mag box, if it is, just get this -


Trim the feed lips to length, open the lips appropriately, and be done with it.
 

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I shoot a 120 Sierra Pro-Hunter in my 6.5-06AI and it worked great on a '18 speedgoat. For my 1:9 264WM, it shoots the 135 Berger Classic into small groups. Really like that bullet.
 

the blur

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I believe there is over kill. Any bonded bullet will pencil hole through. While a soft lead bullet will expand, or even a ballistic tip is deadlier. Accubonds will not expand on a lope.
 

MachV

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Built a 6.5WSM back when the WSM was very young, it got traded when I could not get consistancy out of it. The big 6.5 pills where not out so that could have been a game changer?
Have had 3 6.5x284s that wouldnt hunt dispite my stubborn convition to make them work? The little Grendel has proven to be an antalope dropper(in thier tracks) to 450 yards with the little 100 ELD.
The Sweede shootin 147ELDs dropped a doe antalope, ragghorn bull and a small 4x4 mulie in their tracks this year but I sure wouldnt recommend more speed with it and would not be my first choice for elk.
My experience with hollow points is if they can blow open they can blow shut, quit useing them many years ago because of inconsistencies.
A lot of antelope over the years have proven they aint hard to kill so to that means does it matter what you use or how far as long as you can hittem?
Just my thoughts and experience
 

Litehiker

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Ahhhh! The 6.5 fever is all over this site!
I Have a 6.5 Creedmor for my Ruger Precision Rifle and a 6.5 PRC for my Browning X-bolt Pro. They both do the job well. Those skinny 6.5 pills just fly.
 
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Tulsa Reiner

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Tulsa- is that a short or long action 700?
Sorry: I just now saw your question, Dogz. My understanding is that it's a short action. The manufacturer has since replaced the mag box and follower, and it feeds perfectly.
 

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I believe there is over kill. Any bonded bullet will pencil hole through. While a soft lead bullet will expand, or even a ballistic tip is deadlier. Accubonds will not expand on a lope.Ax
Actually, due to the bonding process (heat) bondeds such as the Accubond actually open easier then standard gilding metal cup and core bullets like the Sierra Gameking. They are an excellent choice for pronghorns. There are cheaper bullets that will get the job done as well, like the Ballistic Tip or Bergers, or Sierras, or Speers, or Interlocks and so on. to say that Accubonds will "pencil through" is to say basically no bullet will reliably expand on a pronghorn.
 

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My experience is different. I prefer BT on Antelope. Accubonds on Elk & Moose.
 

TRexF16

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My experience is different. I prefer BT on Antelope. Accubonds on Elk & Moose.
I totally respect your experience. What I have seen on the 130 gr 6.5 ABs I have autopsied in deer and antelope is that the wound channels look like the bullet expanded extensively in the first few inches of penetration, then kind of "folded up" and punched through a small exit. I find the partitions to leave a more dramatic exit, but my experience with the ABs is much more limited than my experience with the partitions. Had I not looked carefully at the initial part of the wound channel I could have concluded they "penciled through." Someone who had not seen the kill, looking at the skinned carcass, would have thought the entrance was the exit and vice versa. But they killed well.
 

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