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Author Topic: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor large enough to take Elk - ethically  (Read 191 times)

Offline BoBallistic

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Is the 6.5 Creedmoor large enough to take Elk - ethically
« on: August 05, 2019, 01:14:55 PM »
The 6.5 CM is a very efficient rounds. I use a 127 Gn and a 140 Gn, in my two rifles and they will be great on whitetail, but what about the Large Critter - Elk!! Sure they will be people that say the shot placement is everything. Others want to hit the big boy with a 250 Gn 338 Win Mag or equal? The CM is .264 Diameter and is that large enough to take a big Elk ethically? That is a very god question....It is a flat shooter for sure with a high BC...and the energy down range is there....

So would you take your 6.5 CM on your next Elk trip?...I know back in 2001 my wife took her 7mm-08 using a 160 gn partition and her limit was 175 yards. I use the same bullet but in a 7mm Rem Mag and my limit was 400 yards. That is the smallest diameter round that I have taken out there. Normally I take the 300 Win Mag and as Back up will take the 338 Win Mag in a Model 70.......

Back in the 60's they had the 264 Win Mag that took plenty of Elk...the only 264 round that I would take is the 6.5 PRC and my back up would be a 270WSM.....what do you think?
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Is the 6.5 Creedmoor large enough to take Elk - ethically
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Re: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor largest enough to take Elk - ethically
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 02:15:26 PM »
i was asked this from my buddy that bought a 6.5 bergarra for his kid for graduation. i said no, i wouldn't use it. he bought the 6.5. why did he ask??????????

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Re: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor largest enough to take Elk - ethically
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 07:14:54 PM »
I too personally feel like the 6.5 CM is too small for big Elk but for Cow Elk, it would probably work out. I know if I go to Canada I would take a min of a 308 Win with me since the shots are from a heated blind only 100 yards away....

My standard of limitation is to hit a Elk with a minimum 2000 ft lbs of energy and a Deer with a minimum 1000 ft lbs...but the 264 diameter get me for an Elk, not ethically in my mind....this is just me.... 
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Re: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor largest enough to take Elk - ethically
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 07:55:14 PM »
It seems a bit on the small side to me.  I've had people tell me my 7mm mag is marginal for elk.  Not really buying into that if I keep my range reasonable and deliver well placed shots.
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Re: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor largest enough to take Elk - ethically
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 08:15:33 PM »
       I agree. it would work but there are lots of cartridges that would do a better job.

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Re: Is the 6.5 Creedmoor largest enough to take Elk - ethically
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2019, 05:39:26 AM »
Mad - I agree with you and Notsams as well a 7mm Rem or Wea Mag is the Min I would use on an Elk. I have taken everything out there with me from a 7mm Rem Mag to a 338 Win Mag and everything in between.....

How about the 270WSM or the 270 Wea Mag, maybe a 150 of 160 gn bullet? Is this the exception? 
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