Choosing a new 6.5 Creed

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Takem406, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

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    I have money in the bank and a budget of a max of $1,500 for the rifles. But I'd prefer to keep it under a grand.

    I need this rifles for prairie hunting and to learn how to shoot better. Not necessarily long range, inside 500 but to shoot deer at a 2-300 in a good Montana wind.

    Looking at the Savage Desert Tactical at the recombination of a friend who has one along with a lot of high end customs. But can you get a flush fit or a five round mag for hunting? What about the Long Range Hunter? I like the factory stock. I have short arms and being able to adjust it would be nice.

    What about the Tikka CTR with the 24" barrel or the Varmint? I really don't like the Tikka stocks.

    Hows the Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon LR?

    Also interested in the Bergara Ridge. I like the lines of it and it seems like it would be at home at the range and wouldn't be a pain to hiking coulees with all day. And the price is perfect.

    What's the story with new Remingtons? Do they require a lot of work to get them to shoot? I was looking at the new 5-R but I want an out of the box shooter.

    On the high end of my budget I like the looks of the Christensen Mesa LR. How are these? The price is pretty high. I see the barrel is only button rifled, is that an issue?

    Are there any other "semi customs" in that 1500 range like the Christensen?
     
  2. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Hard to beat an out of the box savage...6.5 savage 10/110 predator 6.5 Creed.

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  3. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    085A088A-ED4A-46B4-9CD0-C8BB24D0CCBD.jpeg 1D6703C1-379E-49CE-BCCC-69850A89A33F.jpeg This is five shots from my sako a7 range.
    The trigger is awesome for factory trigger. magazine sits flush fit to stock
     
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  4. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

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    Don't they still make this rifle? I really liked the looks of this but it seemed everyone was out of stock!
     
  5. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I would assume they still make it. Maybe try contacting sako, they should be able to find you one
     
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  6. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    I would git the bergara. I have two now, one in .300wm, and I just got a B-14 HMR in 6.5 creedmoor. Both of them are sub-moa rifles.
     
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  7. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    The Bergara hmr is a good rifle, I’ve shot my buddy’s a lot, but I much prefer the 26” barrel compared to 22” on the Bergara
     
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  8. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    Agreed I like my 26in alot better than my dad 22in.
     
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  9. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    The Remington 5R will be the best out of the box shooter you can buy for under $1,000. It will need an aftermarket trigger, though...But that's ALL newer Remingtons. That's what I would go with.

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog...+Gen+2+Bolt+6.5+Creedmoor+24+4+1+Synthetic+HS

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/46197/REM+700+MAGPUL+ENHANCED+6.5CM
     
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  10. Lonewolf74

    Lonewolf74 Well-Known Member

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    I second what Mud said
     
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  11. jpfrog

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    For out of the box with no modifications, I'd say Savage- their trigger is nicer. If you plan to tinker, Savage is still good but there are more aftermarket options for Remington. That said, the links @MudRunner2005 provided are what I'd look at IF you are a Remington guy.

    The 5r Gen 2 is great if you like the HS stock, which I do. I also have some of the Magpul stocks on a couple of my 700s and they are pretty good. Ugly as heck, but cheap and sturdy and a tremendous improvement for accuracy. I bought them before Rem offered them as part of that package. For the price of an HS stock, you can get the 700 hunter from Magpul AND the detachable magazine/bottom metal.

    But now they offer the package (which also comes with a threaded 5r barrel), so if you want a mag fed rifle, get the Magpul package...floor plate go 5r Gen 2. Or, get the 5r Gen 2 and buy the Magpul bottom metal/magazine kit for $70 when you buy an aftermarket trigger. Then you'll have the option to go floorplate or mag fed, depending on what mood you're in.
     
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  12. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve done load development for two milspecs, an hmr and my a7. All were easy sub Moa, but the hmr dragged behind the others in accuracy by just a hair. The a7 will run with any milspec and once you factor in an aftermarket trigger they’re pretty close in price
     
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  13. Takem406

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    I do like Remmies. I have a VSSF in 22-250 and the wife has a 243 Boone and Crockett. Both shoot really well.

    How are the Browning X-Bolts like the Hells Canyon LR?
     
  14. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    Well if it's anything like the rest of the brownings I've shot,they're real shooters. This is a group my x-bolt eclipse hunter(not the new style the old style) chambered in 7mm rem mag shot with just a plain main 3-9x40 redfield scope. I've successfully taken that set up to 1,000 yards. This was with the 162 eld-m. It also shoots the 168 berger vld very well. 20180520_193722.jpg
     
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