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Old December 18, 2019, 11:08 AM   #26
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I bought a Kimber hunter in 3006 and put a 2-7x leupold scope on it, bringing up to 6.5 lbs. I bought the 3006 as I ,m set up to load for several 3006,s, shooting a 150 gr nosler BT at 2800 in the 3006 gives up very little to a 140 gr bullet in the 6.5 cm at 2800 fps out to 500 yards.
Hard to beat the good ole 30.06, it gets the job done along with tons of other cartridges. I once thought I needed a 6.5 Creedmoor and almost ordered a left hand Ruger FTW, but about that time the 6.5 PRC came out and I thought I would wait. I never purchased either one and decided to just use what I already have for deer season 2019. This year I used my trusty Model 700, 7MM Magnum to take a decent 8 point buck at a range of 20 yards. At that range a 6.5 Creedmoor or a 6.5 whizbang cartridge would not have killed that 8 point any better. One of my four 30.06's would have done the job just as well as the 7MM magnum. If you really like the 6.5 Creedmoor then that's fine use it, but there are no magical powers about it like some people believe. If you study up on the 6.5 Creedmoor it was originally designed to be a long range target round, which it does live up to those expectations. Also it seems that it is going to be a pretty good hunting round for deer and others critters.

All that being said, it can be mind boggling when a person starts thinking about all the cartridges and calibers that are available today, wow. One comes out, like the Creedmoor and another company says I will raise you one and do even better with my new cartridge. Then another company ups the ante and try's to top that. Don't get me wrong its very nice to have a huge selection to choose from. People will have their favorites, its like trucks, some people like Chevys, some Dodge some Fords and some Toyota. If you like it and are happy, then it does not matter what others think.
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Old December 18, 2019, 04:33 PM   #27
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after thinking about what that walnut looks like after years in the woods


I think it's still better than plastic.
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Old December 19, 2019, 11:07 AM   #28
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Lots of Fantastic Choices

Boogieman, lots of great choices already mentioned and you'll just have to see what your rifle likes.

But, I'd like to throw Federal Fusion into the mix. Those are as accurate and consistent as any ammo I've tried. And to sweeten the deal, they are one of the cheaper bullets you can buy. My 270 (Shilen match barrel) puts they almost on top of each other at 100 yards when I do my part. My dad's Savage 10 BA LE in 308 does about the same. My cousin has been hunting with them for years with his 300WM and he's never had a problem with the bullet doing its job. Lots of dead deer that fell very close to where they were shot. I'm really not sure why Federal doesn't charge more for them, but I'm thankful they don't! Haha. The one down side is they don't have the highest BC in the world, so they aren't the best choice for when the shots start getting over 400 yards or so.
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Old December 21, 2019, 10:36 PM   #29
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I highly recommend Federal Fusion ammo.
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Old December 24, 2019, 06:26 PM   #30
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Prime example of competition breeding innovation. It's a fact of life, and this industry is no different. Otherwise I guess it would be boring
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