^ This. I am taking 3 rifles on my NM antelope hunt.Take them both with you!
243 will be flatter. Wind drift will be in the 6.5s favor as there are better options in the hunting bullet category for the 6.5. 6.5 will have more energy. I believe the 6.5 will be better all around for hunting. We've shot quite a few whitetails with 6.5s and they're killers. A well placed round from either will do the job though and the antelope wouldnt know the difference. I just prefer to hunt with a bigger bullet than a 243 has to offer.
Like I said, I doubt they'd know the difference. Both rounds will easily get the job done. It just boils down to personal preference. I've never hunted antelope. I just figure they're roughly the size of a whitetail so similar results would likely occur between the 2. Shot and seen deer shot with both. I just prefer the 6.5. Cheers!I can't disagree. When I'm hunting antelope, my go-to rifle is a 243AI. Antelope are small, not hard to take down, and live in areas where they are not hard to recover even if they travel a bit. I have never found myself wanting with this rifle, taking antelope out to 500 yards.
Yes, larger calibers fight the wind better. Typically I deal with the wind by my approach. Yes, a 6.5 is better, but a 300WM is even better than that. Like I said antelope are small, and the bigger you go the more meat damage you risk. I did once use a 300WM to fight the wind, it worked, and I had less to eat as well.