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

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  1. 6.5mm Creedmoor

    13.0%
  2. 6.5-284 Norma

    28.5%
  3. 6.5 PRC

    27.4%
  4. 6.5 SAUM

    18.3%
  5. 6.5 WSM

    2.6%
  6. 6.5-300 WBY

    6.0%
  7. .264 Win Mag

    27.2%
  8. 26 Nosler

    9.3%
  9. .260 Remington

    11.7%
  10. 6.5x47 Lapua

    4.2%
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  1. MoaFlat

    MoaFlat Active Member LRH Team Member

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    1st Choice: My 6.5 WinMag 31” 7.5T Stainless Hardy Eng Match is simply outstanding, very accurate at long range hunting and match. Very hard to beat with 150SMK, 247 ELDM, 140 Elites, or 140 RDF using RL33 or H4350 powder and H4831SC is a solid runner up. 3100+
    2nd Choice: My 6.5x284 32” Carbon Fiber Hardy Eng 7.5T, it is phenomenally accurate at all ranges with 140 Elite, RDF, and ELDM using H4350, RETUMBO and H4831SC.
    Both deliver single ragged holes at 100. 2950+
     
  2. MoaFlat

    MoaFlat Active Member LRH Team Member

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    Edit 147 ELDM NOT 247
     
  3. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    ->1st I chose 6.5 Creedmoor in a Browning X-Bolt Pro.
    ->Then this year I bought the same rifle in 6.5 PRC B/c I thought it better suites hunting in Nevada where shots can be longer.

    Won't be long 'til the 6.5 PRC surpasses the 6.5/284 a bit if only because Hornady has such a massive advertising budget. Both are about equal in energy and power.

    Eric B.
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I tend to agree, but unlike the 6.5CM, it will be a tougher job with the 6.5PRC. LOTS of competition, without having distinguishing characteristics other then decent factory ammo.....which in reality seems to be somewhat anemic...given its case capacity. Much like the 6.5x284, one has to be attentive to throating ,and action length to accommodate the heavy/high BC bullets. If Hornady is successful with the 6.5PRC, IMO, I don’t think it will be so much that they are so good this time around, as it is their competitors are weak....and did not learn from the 6.5 Creedmoor experience....IMO.
     
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