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Is 6.5 all itís cracked up to be for whitetail hunting?

Old 09-18-2019, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by CalHunter View Post
If your typical hunting is less than 800 yards, there's not much need for a 6.5.

My point being the same could be said about the .270(or any other number of options) if someone is a fan of 6.5s....

It's also worth mentioning that 6.5s have been around a good deal longer than .277s...


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Old 09-18-2019, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
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It's also worth mentioning that 6.5s have been around a good deal longer than .277s...

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LOL - I doubt we have many hunters around that were alive when either were introduced !!!
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:25 AM
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LOL - I doubt we have many hunters around that were alive when either were introduced !!!

I'm sure at some point around 1930 somebody said "why do i need a .270? I've already got a x,y,z"

I'm glad the marketing and hype managed to carry it through.

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Old 09-18-2019, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by CalHunter If your typical hunting is less than 800 yards, there's not much need for a 6.5.


Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
My point being the same could be said about the .270(or any other number of options) if someone is a fan of 6.5s....

It's also worth mentioning that 6.5s have been around a good deal longer than .277s...


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I think you're confusing the context of my above statement with that of others who have been arguing against a 6.5 Creed. My above comment was in the context of the OP already owning a 270 and thus comparing the performance of a 270 versus a 6.5 Creed. Under 800 yards, the difference is minor and would not justify "needing" to buy a 6.5 Creed. Over 800 yards, it would be a different story. I also pointed out there was a difference between needing a new rifle (caliber) versus just wanting one and then told the OP to enjoy his new rifle.

For the record, I happen to like both Creedmoors (6.5 and 6mm) and could very well end up acquiring a rifle in one or possibly both calibers even though i already own rifles in 270 and 243. Like the OP, my acquiring one or both Creedmoors would be more because I want one rather than I need one. And wanting, as you earlier pointed out, is still a valid justification. Best of all, my wife happens to agree with that "justification."

And unfortunately, if flags keeps talking about 6.5 Swedes and 9.3's, etc. I may end up having less space in my gunsafe, possibly even having to buy another safe. Darn flags.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by CalHunter View Post

And unfortunately, if flags keeps talking about 6.5 Swedes and 9.3's, etc. I may end up having less space in my gunsafe, possibly even having to buy another safe. Darn flags.
Go shoot the 6.5x55 and the 9.3x62. You can thank me later. Great calibers that most Americans know very little about.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:32 AM
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I do own a 1913 Carl Gustaf M96 Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55...and that is one sweet recoiling rifle.
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Old 09-19-2019, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
I'm sure at some point around 1930 somebody said "why do i need a .270? I've already got a x,y,z"

I'm glad the marketing and hype managed to carry it through.

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Yeah and I'm sure many around 1890s were thinking that 6.5 bullet should be bigger.

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Old 09-19-2019, 03:32 PM
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I do like the 6.5 bullets I’m not on the creedmore craze but I’m going to build a 6.5-06AI later this year. It’s going to be my long range shooter. I’ve got friends who either love the creed or don’t but there’s plenty of great calibers out there i just prefer to be different good luck
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Old 09-19-2019, 05:06 PM
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Wife has the same one you are wanting to buy.She likes it accurate,not much recoil
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:21 PM
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Itís not the gun, itís the gunner. All depends on the hunting you want to do with it. Used a .270 for years on whitetail and always performed well. Lots of big bodied deer from where iím From so been using a 7mm mag for last 30 years. The size of deer, the ballistics of the caliber, as well as the long sloping ridges I hunt all are factors in choosing caliber. Simple question, Does the 6.5 Creed meet your needs? And how does it compare under those needs to other calibers?
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