6.5 Creedmoor

by Chuck
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7mm 130grain Barnes Recovered from a Moose

7mm 130grain Barnes Recovered from a Moose

My first moose hunt might be this fall. I bought a Savage Weather Warrior for Elk. Would this be an adequate caliber for moose?



Thanks for the question Chuck,

Simply: I wouldn't recommend the 6.5 Creedmoor loaded with 120 grain bullets for moose sized game.

The 6.5 cartridge is based upon the TC30 which is based on the .308 cartridge. The Creedmoor certainly has enough speed (similar to that of the .300 Winchester Magnum), but I would say that the small bullets just won't have the energy to do enough damage to take down a moose.

Now the 143grain bullet on the other hand, would do it! I know quite a few hunters that use and are successful using bullets as small as 130 grain.

If you want to use small bullets, you must be diligent to take ethical shots. There are lots of proponents for using large cartridge bullets like the .338 but as a personal preference I don't use such a big hunk of lead.

I have have killed moose with, .270 Winchester shooting 130's, .308 loaded with 150's and .30-06 spitting out 180 grain bullets. They all work... well!

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Moose Medicine
by: Anonymous

I have harvested many moose and have used the following calibres in the order I have owned them.

308 - 180 grain ( Too Heavy for this calibre) best to use 150 grain or 165. Browning BLR ( first rifle)

270 Win - 140 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw.

6.5 x 55 Swede - 156 grain Norma. Shot one moose and sold the rifle, not pleased with the performance. Broadside shot at 75 yards.

7mm Remington Mag. 160 grain Nosler Partition.

30-06- My favourite moose calibre. Last five moose one shot each and down on the spot, 165 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. Devastating combination.

30 TC I have not shot a moose with this calibre, but I am using Hornady 150 grain GMX factory load and just guiding for my daughter these days, who by the way, uses a Sako 85 Stainless synthetic 165 grain trophy bonded tip, 2 bull moose, one shot each.



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