6.5 Creedmoor

Ga6570

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Just purchased a 6.5 Creedmoor for my 12 yr old son to hunt whitetails with. I wanted something lightweight, and so wanted least amount of recoil. I bought a browning xbolt composite stalker. It Will be used in woods primarily, mixed with some farm country hunting. Expected shots under 200 yards. Which bullet kills the best from this caliber? I was planning on using 143 eldx. But saw some comments where guys weren't happy with them. Should I go lighter and get impact velocity up? Or just pick a different bullet?
Just about any bullets you can buy off the shelf, that is designed for hunting, will work on deer. ELD-X is a fine bullet. They are like pretty much all bullets, they kill when the shooter does their job!
 

Mrkdiver

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Just purchased a 6.5 Creedmoor for my 12 yr old son to hunt whitetails with. I wanted something lightweight, and so wanted least amount of recoil. I bought a browning xbolt composite stalker. It Will be used in woods primarily, mixed with some farm country hunting. Expected shots under 200 yards. Which bullet kills the best from this caliber? I was planning on using 143 eldx. But saw some comments where guys weren't happy with them. Should I go lighter and get impact velocity up? Or just pick a different bullet?

That’s a good Bullet. People make too big a deal about Bullets, there isn’t a perfect one for everything and that one is in high demand, there is a reason for that.
 

VTbluegrass

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My wife has a Weatherby Camilla in 6.5 and the 143' do ok but it it'll shoot dimes with the 130 Bergers and the 135's as well. Everything the past two years with those has been boom-flop including the really nice whitetails she shot 30 seconds apart last December. She is in the same position of likely not shooting anything over 250 so I do like the lighter bullets to get the speed up. Of all things the only bullets we had marginal performance with were Core-lokts I bought so we could shoot it right away while I was waiting on components. Grouped just over an inch and killed two deer but two boiler room shots looked like they had been shot with a field point arrow and left marginal blood trails. Never chrono'ed them but just decided to use them for practice.
 

skipglo

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Just purchased a 6.5 Creedmoor for my 12 yr old son to hunt whitetails with. I wanted something lightweight, and so wanted least amount of recoil. I bought a browning xbolt composite stalker. It Will be used in woods primarily, mixed with some farm country hunting. Expected shots under 200 yards. Which bullet kills the best from this caliber? I was planning on using 143 eldx. But saw some comments where guys weren't happy with them. Should I go lighter and get impact velocity up? Or just pick a different bullet?
Nothing wrong at all with 143 eldx....drops bears in their tracks at 150, 270, 258 yards so far.
 

73driver

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I have used a 270 with 140 Sierras and 140SST both with excellent results. One buck was taken with 145 ELDX at 350 yards and it performed. So easy choice ELDX, SST or Sierra. Pick the one that shoots or is available or with the right price. Nothing wrong with Partition other than the premium price and is not known for accuracy.
 

Hecouldgoalltheway

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I've killed a dozen whitetail with the 143 eldx, and it does a wonderful job if you hit them where you're supposed to. I actually think that the 6.5cm with a 143 eldx is one of the best combos out there for young people and small framed folks to kill anything under 500lbs. My wife uses it, my nephews use the same combo.
 

Hecouldgoalltheway

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I actually decided to test the 147gr eldm bullets through my 6.5prc as a hunting round, (against my better judgment), and after hearing many well informed people talk about how well it works as a hunting round. I shot a 2.5 year old buck and a mature doe on Thanksgiving about 30 seconds apart, and the results were impressive. They entered the chest cavity and went off like a grenade. Death was almost instant, and the damage was impressive. No exit wounds. I wouldn't use them on thick skinned or thick boned animals personally, due to the total fragmentation of the bullets, but on thin skinned southern whitetail, it does a fine job.
 

Goldengun

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I actually decided to test the 147gr eldm bullets through my 6.5prc as a hunting round, (against my better judgment), and after hearing many well informed people talk about how well it works as a hunting round. I shot a 2.5 year old buck and a mature doe on Thanksgiving about 30 seconds apart, and the results were impressive. They entered the chest cavity and went off like a grenade. Death was almost instant, and the damage was impressive. No exit wounds. I wouldn't use them on thick skinned or thick boned animals personally, due to the total fragmentation of the bullets, but on thin skinned southern whitetail, it does a fine job.
I saw this combo on a mtn goat at 700yds on tv. It worked.
 

basinman

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I shot this buck at about 80 yards with a 143 ELD-X and it ran about 30 yards before piling up. I have had no issues for the 5 years I have been using a 6.5 CM and the 143 ELD-X.
 

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HRM Johnny

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In the past few days there was a thread about how well hammer bullets kill it short range. Have you considered hammer bullets?
check with @RockyMtnMT
here is a post about loaded ammunition featuring hammer bullets:
We finally found a company that is quality driven that we can team up with. Hammer Bullets has teamed up with Custom Cartridge, Inc. Custom Cartridge, Inc. is in the same pursuit as we are at Hammer Bullets. The race to the top! Together we will create the best pure copper ammunition on the market. The plan is to replace their current line of Orion ammunition, loaded with Barnes, with a Hammer Bullets. Custom Cartridge offers an extensive line of ammunition, covering just about everything. From 204 Ruger to 577 Nitro Express. It will take a bit of time to get load developments and everything else that goes with starting a new line of ammunition, but they will take orders now and fill them in the order that they get them.

For those of you in California, they are registered with the state for lead free ammunition. So you will good to go with CA regulations.

Here is their website: http://customcartridge.com/

Check out all that they offer in their Orion line of ammo.

You can contact them by email at [email protected] or by phone at 406-780-1952

Also they are another Montana company which I think is great too!
 

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