Need some guidance..

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  1. Swatman05

    Swatman05 Well-Known Member

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    I will be moving to Utah from Oklahoma in March. I definitely will be getting into Elk hunting and I was told to go with a 6.5 Creedmore. My main goal is primarily to hunt Elk and do some long range shooting at a range with yardage up to 2,000yds. I was also contemplating building a 300WM and putting a good muzzle brake on it to help with recoil. With me being new to Elk hunting I told the gentleman I don't plan on shooting past 400-500yds. I'm just concerned with penetration with the 6.5 Creedmore on a large animal. Also, what would you guy's recommend for a good muzzle brake? Thanks for any input gentlemen.
     
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  2. L.Sherm

    L.Sherm Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Your gonna get a lot of opinions but if you wanna Elk hunt I would go 300WM as stated on other threads ammo everywhere and a lot of choices, im kinda of surprised whoever told you to get a 6.5 creed for elk. Will it kill one sure it will but in my opinion the 300WM is a better option than the creed. As far as brakes im not a fan of radials because if you lay down to shoot it throws crap in you face. do some research and decide for yourself if you like a blended one with the profile of your barrel or a stepped one it may depend on the dia. of your barrel which style you can go with.
     
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  3. Swatman05

    Swatman05 Well-Known Member

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    He said he has a friend who killed an Elk last year at 1,550yds with a 6.5 Creedmore and told me the guy is phenomenal at shooting. I really like the look of the blended brakes. I'm not scared of the recoil as I used to own a 340 Weatherby Mag and handled it just fine. I'd like a brake in case I need to do a quick follow up shot.
     
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  4. FIGJAM

    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    If recoil is a concern you could split the difference and get a 7mm Rem mag or a 280 AI or a 270 wsm. All of those are awesome elk cartridges. If you want to get a 6.5, I would get a 264 win mag or 6.5 prc. They have more velocity at the muzzle which will create more energy down range. The creed will kill them out to 500 and 600 and beyond, but there are better choices for a dedicated elk gun.
     
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    Swatman05 Well-Known Member

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    Recoil isn't a concern. I just want to be ethical and precise. I used to own a 340 Weatherby Mag and handled it just fine.
     
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    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Oh hell, another creed thread...Your buddy is pulling your leg, or this is the typical hunting story where the elk started out getting killed at 600 yards and the distance has grown over time to 1550. I wasn't there, and I am actually a huge fan of the 6.5 bullets, but I would be inclined not to believe your buddy.
     
  7. FIGJAM

    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    300 ultra mag, 28 Nosler, 300 wm, 7mm RM - that would be where I would start. I have been shooting a 270 wsm the last few years and it has been awesome - I just wanted a lighter mountain gun than my 300 rum.
     
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    Swatman05 Well-Known Member

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    Haha.. That does tend to happen, huh? I've shot a 6.5 Creed and it was okay but we were only shooting steel targets at 600yds.
     
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  9. Swatman05

    Swatman05 Well-Known Member

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    I'm leaning towards the 300WM option.. Plenty of ammo and it has plenty of knock down power. 300 rum costs an arm and a leg to shoot.. Haha
     
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    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I bought my son a 6.5 creed, and I have a 260 for range work. I have nothing against them. If you are ok with recoil and reload, I would go 300 ultra with the 215 berger hybrids or 28 nosler with a 180 class bullet. If you don't reload, then go 300 win mag or 7mm RM.
     
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    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    The 300 win mag is the real holy grail. Like others have said, it is never the wrong answer ...lol. (I don't own one tho:)
     
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  12. Swatman05

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    With us moving, I don't plan on reloading for quite a while. We'll be living in a 2 bedroom apartment for a while. I do wanna buy some brass and start stocking up for when I can reload.
     
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    Now the question is.. Do I buy one off the shelf or piece one together? If anything I've been looking at Tikka and then replacing the stock and putting an aftermarket barrel on it with the muzzle brake.
     
  14. FIGJAM

    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I lived in Utah for a while, went to school there, married a Utah girl and lived there for a few years after I graduated. There is some good hunting - there. Go with the 300 wm and be done with it.