Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by ky.longbeard, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. ky.longbeard

    ky.longbeard 10 pointer

    May 15, 2010
    After the trip to the sporting good store the other day looking for the grandson a rifle I have to
    admit that my curiosity about this caliber has me interested .Would like to get opinions from people who have carried it in the deer woods.Not at all interested in shooting at anything at 1,000 yds.just need to know how it does on deer.I like the Remington 783 with the new walnut
    stock. I don't know if Remington plans on making it in a 7mm-08which was a caliber I was interested in. The .308 may be a little to much for a kid who is recoil sensitive. At this time they make this model in a .243,6.5,270,.308,30.06 and 7mm mag.I know it's a good target round but would like info from folks who actually have taken deer with it.Do you normally get pass thru and good blood trails pros and cons?Any information would be greatly appreciated !
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  2. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "
    I don’t have one.... but have been in the notion for one for about a year now. Which I too want it for deer ....and really don’t plan on using it for long range. Which everything I’ve read and heard has been good.

    Heck ...I’ve been studying on it pretty hard.....even know the rifle I want it in..lol. Just have mixed feelings on leaving my 30-06 model 70 in the safe ...come deer season. But lighter recoil... sure looks more appealing the older I get. Believe the 6.5 would be good medicine on white tails.. but I’d too be interested what others with hands on experience would have to say.



  3. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    It's the latest fad. A good caliber no doubt but it's mainly the flavor of the month. What's the longest shot you have made or willing to make?

    It comes down to do you have access to ammo or do you reload. Not a lot of 6.5 Creedmoor ammo floating around. I like the .308 and .270 but that's not PC these days. You can pretty much find 30 06, .270, or .308 ammo in any store that sells bullets.
  4. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "
    Just saying... but there’s more ammo available than you realize.

    Even our Walmart here in Murray has been stoked up in it. Honestly probably got more of it than 308 or 30-06.

    Which understandably....I agree is a fad of sorts... might not be that way in 15-20 years from now. But I sincerely believe the 6.5 Creedmore is here to stay. Really cant say that on the 6mm Creedmore....I think it will go by the wayside fairly soon.
  5. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    I have shot about everything. Hunted Deer with several different calibers. I wouldn't trade my 243 for all of the rifles out there. Gets the job done. No recoil.
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  6. web splitter

    web splitter 6 pointer

    Feb 3, 2015
    Good round though I hear more people using it for long range than whitetail. I agree a .308 is a bit much for the kid if they are recoil sensitive. Either the 6.5 Creedmoor or 7mm-08 Rem are great choices for a kid or beginner in my opinion; probably my top 2 choices for such.
  7. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    I have a 270 and a 30-06. I prefer my .243 for whitetail, it does the job.
  8. Cornpile

    Cornpile 12 pointer

    Dec 1, 2006
    Kornfield County,KY
    My brother hunted with a 243 for many years and it was the round of death
    for deer.I took a good size 8pt buck a few years ago with a 243 at 95 yds.
    I was using the SST 95GR round. He fell so fast it shocked me.
    His lungs were jelled and ribs were broken on both sides of his rib cage.
    Very little shoulder kick and blazing speed.No whitetail can take that in the
    boiler room and live.
    Just a thought....
  9. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
    .243 is solid for the guy who wants light recoil bullets on every shelf of every store. Deer thumper and flat shooting. If your the guy who wants the latest fad then 6.5 is your new gun. Just depends on what you want. Truth be told a .22 long rifle has killed as many deer as any caliber but no one will admit it
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  10. Mainbeam

    Mainbeam 12 pointer

    Jul 7, 2012
    over the years my kids have filled the tailgates yr after year with deer using a 243. my son used that gun on his first buck when he was six. i am a believer. that thing will jerk the rug out from underneath one real quick fast and in a hurry. im not sure if there is a better round. i love a 25/06 but that 243 is bad bad medicine.
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  11. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    YES SIR!!!! My sons started on my 243. Now have their own 243s. They will flat get the job done. NO KICKING the Dog crap out of you to. 25/06 are a good gun. 30.06 necked down to a 25 grain bullet instead of a 30 cal bullet. But he a little kick to it to. This year going to try my 223 AR on Deer. My buddy has used his for last 3 years and dropping Deer like been hit by a Tank.
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  12. Semp

    Semp 10 pointer

    Feb 4, 2008
    I've hunted deer with .243, 30-06, 30-30, .223, .338 win mag, .300 weatherby mag, and .308 over the years. They all work but the .243 does the best job with the least amount of recoil. I also like the .308 with 110gr hp. Recoil is not bad at all with that light bullet plus you have the option of going to a heavier bullet for larger game.

    No doubt the 6.5 cm will do the job as well. I just don't want to invest in another caliber at this stage of my life.
  13. Semp

    Semp 10 pointer

    Feb 4, 2008
    The .223 works but there's not much blood trail so hit him good,

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  14. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I think all of our kids started out with a .243. Shoot I may go back to it myself. My .243 Encore shoots great.
    The first rifle I hunted with was a Marlin .44 mag!
  15. BigPete

    BigPete 10 pointer

    Sep 7, 2007
    Whitesburg, KY
    I purchased a savage 6.5 Creedmoor in December.

    In 11 shots I was hitting a 8" steel at 500 yards using my Ballistic AE app for my IPhone.

    I load my ammo for what I feel is better accuracy, it 6.5 ammo is everywhere now, zero problems finding it.

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