Best long range 6.5mm/.264 caliber for hunting deer sized animals

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by IdahoHunter208, Jul 17, 2019.


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  1. 6.5mm Creedmoor

    13.1%
  2. 6.5-284 Norma

    28.4%
  3. 6.5 PRC

    27.3%
  4. 6.5 SAUM

    18.4%
  5. 6.5 WSM

    2.7%
  6. 6.5-300 WBY

    6.0%
  7. .264 Win Mag

    27.1%
  8. 26 Nosler

    9.3%
  9. .260 Remington

    11.8%
  10. 6.5x47 Lapua

    4.2%
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  1. IdahoHunter208

    IdahoHunter208 Well-Known Member

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    You get 2 votes. Make em good.
     
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  2. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    It’s about bullets. My choice would change if I couldn’t choose a barrel to support my choice in bullets.
    Movement in the bullet market makes the 6.5 more interesting to me.
     
  3. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    Depends what long range is to you. Any on that list are capable long range deer rounds. Some of them just get out there further than others.
     
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  4. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I picked 6.5 X 284 N. because I have one. It shoots 140 Gr. bullets really well.
    And I think it will hang with all the others on the list.It has a 28" 8 twist barrel.
     
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  5. TwoMore

    TwoMore Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    That is the main reason I have been looking at the .264. the bullets make it interesting :cool:
     
  6. IdahoHunter208

    IdahoHunter208 Well-Known Member

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    Surprised not to see more 6.5 PRC or 26 Nosler votes
     
  7. Nomad8961

    Nomad8961 Active Member

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    I just built a 6.5x284 Norma. If it wasn’t for the barrel life I’d say it could/would be one of the best all around cartridges ever made. Personal opinion of course.
     
  8. silverhair

    silverhair Well-Known Member

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    How do you want to define "long range deer" in the context of this survey?
     
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  9. IdahoHunter208

    IdahoHunter208 Well-Known Member

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    I would say 700-900 yards. Further if you’re extremely well practiced and conditions are right.
     
  10. Varminator 911

    Varminator 911 Well-Known Member

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    I choose the SAUM and 264 WM because they have enough power without eating barrels for breakfast. They wait till lunch. The CM and 6x47 are too under powered for my taste.

    Wonder why not the WSM? Poor brass?
     
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  11. TXAoudadKlr

    TXAoudadKlr Well-Known Member

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    Out to how far we talking?
     
  12. TXAoudadKlr

    TXAoudadKlr Well-Known Member

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    Too 6-700 6.5CM to about 1200 the saum
     
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  13. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

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    My first thought when I saw the title of the post was 6.5-06 AI, but not an option, so went with the 6.5 PRC for the velocity/power farther out. The 6.5-284 Norma appeals to me, too, as it almost seems to have a 'cult following.' Must be something special about it. The sentimental part of me wanted to pick the .264 Win Mag just because I like the classics. I also appreciate the .260 Rem as I'm a fan of anything based off the .308 Win case. So many great choices.
     
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  14. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    If it was only out to 700 yds I’d pick the 6.5x47. Mine holds just over 1000 ft-lbs at 700 yds with a 130 Berger hunting. Seems the 6.5X47 doesn’t have a very large following for hunters. I personally have two of them.
     
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