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Good evening everyone, I am new to hunt and I am going to purchase a bolt rifle for big game hunting whitetail, maybe black bear in the future. I have great hesitation between 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Any advice appreciated.
 

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Good evening everyone, I am new to hunt and I am going to purchase a bolt rifle for big game hunting whitetail, maybe black bear in the future. I have great hesitation between 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Any advice appreciated.


You’ll kill whatever you point it at if you know how to shoot and understand anatomy. And it won’t matter what caliber you have in your hands if your don’t practice and learn where to hit an animal. More deer have likely died at the hands of a 22lr than all other calibers combined. I have owned a 308 in the past and it killed many deer, I have never even shot a 6.5cm but from what I have read it is a superior bullet past 4-500 yds. That being said, I would buy the 6.5cm but tell all my buddies it was a 308.


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If you're planning on doing PRS later, go with the 6.5. If you're planning on hunting remote areas, go with the 308. If neither apply, flip a coin.

That being said, you'll probably have more ammo selection with the 308, and it's probably a bit cheaper.

Disclaimer: I shoot 308, so may be biased.
 

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I'd personally choose neither myself, but that's just me. If I were to go a 6.5 cal it would either be 6.5 PRC or a 26 Nosler.

Honestly unless one is gonna do long distance and reload I don't see the point in it when there are tons of other quality calibers and cartridges.

That's just my view but there's nothing wrong with either cartridge you asked about.

The bigger question is what's the reason for you choosing the 2 cartridges and what is making you stuck on choosing between them or what led you to settle on those 2?
 

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Thank you for the advice. I used to own a Savage 110 in 308 for plinking and I was not comfortable with the "kick". I was not thinking of hunting at that time, so I sold it and purchased a Tikka T3X in 223 for plinking. I got my hunter education card this year and thought I can learn how to hunt. I could use my 10/22 and 12 gauge for small game and waterfowl, the 223 Rem is not capable for big game. I heard that 6.5 has around 15%-20% less recoil than 308, but it is easier to find cheaper ammo in 308, so I stuck on buying decision.
 

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The recoil(kick) depends a lot on the load of the bullet not just the caliber. I've loaded 7mm-08 rounds that recoil more than 7mm rem mag. 308 can be made to shoot same recoil as 6.5 creed with a lighter load. Get a capable caliber to make up for lack of experience. 308 or 270 & shoot a 150 in 308 or 130 in 270. 6.5 creedmore has a lot of good easily accessible ammo too. The 6.5 will kill deer easily, 243 is great inthe hands of a capable shooter but can wound & lose deer too
 

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i use nosler partition bullets in my .243 and do the high shoulder shots on deer. i dont mind wasting a little meat to drop them in their tracks. and i only shoot deer out to 200 yards with it. kick also depends on the weight of the rifle and the type of the stock. myself,i prefer the thumbhole stock for a bigger caliber rifle.
 

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Savage 308 has a bit of kick, I currently have a edge 308 that’s been tweaked by a member here.

I don’t hunt enough to spend big $ on rifles but I’d be hard pressed to give this gun up and start over tweaking a new one.
 

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7mm-08, amazing cartridge that has low recoil, great ballistics, and will kill moose, elk, deer, bears, etc. If you can find a used Tikka/ Weatherby Vanguard/ or Browning A-Bolt ...you will be happy!
Nosler 140 gr. Accubond is perfectly mated for the calibre!
 

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7mm-08, amazing cartridge that has low recoil, great ballistics, and will kill moose, elk, deer, bears, etc. If you can find a used Tikka/ Weatherby Vanguard/ or Browning A-Bolt ...you will be happy!
Nosler 140 gr. Accubond is perfectly mated for the calibre!

I second this! Picked one up a few years ago - great caliber! I have owned several guns and the 7-08 and 25-06 are easily my favourite.
 

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Guy said,"any advise appreciated." 7-08 is a great caliber, love mine. But also like 6.5creed, 264wm, 7mm mag, had 308 & 270 that were also great. 223 & 243 for varmints too. Wife definitely cuts down on gun purchases lol
 

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i would think the .308 would be less of a barrel burner than the .260, but then again its all about how hot you get your barrel
 

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big Game rifle

That's not one of the options listed. This isn't a "what's your favorite calibre" thread. It's a "I've narrowed it down to two" threads.
A 6.5 creed would not be listed on any forum as a big game cartridge. .338 Win Mag, all the way down to a .7mm calibre... hard stop. I included the 7mm-08 as it has less recoil than a .308 and in my opinion is a great overall get it done cartridge.
 

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A 6.5 creed would not be listed on any forum as a big game cartridge. .338 Win Mag, all the way down to a .7mm calibre... hard stop. I included the 7mm-08 as it has less recoil than a .308 and in my opinion is a great overall get it done cartridge.
Just curious what makes you think a 6.5 Creedmore isn't suitable for big game hunting?
 

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Ontario requires 30cal min for big game.

Probably a good thing we aren't in Ontario then, eh? When it comes to taking down big game, it comes down to kinetic energy at the intended range and bullet choice. The 6.5 Creedmoore has plenty of both for anything you care to hunt in MB up to and including elk.
 
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