6.5 for fox and deer

hendrix's rifle

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So, I'm really tempted to get rid of my 308 and 223 and get a 6.5 for both. I've seen the begara b14 and the tikka varmint which looks like it could suit the bill. Ideally, I want 1 load for deer and the same for fox along with some long range plinking. So, the question is to begin with, what calibre should I look for, ie the 6.5 creed, Swede or 260 rem. I know they all fit but what's the advantages/disadvantages of each? I will be reloading for them by the way. Secondly, what rifle should I look at or what would suit? Ideally brand new so sub £1000 with a mod if preferable. Just testing the waters! Thanks in advance
 

ejg

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I recently had a 24" 6.5CM T3 CTR stainless in the workshop, what a lovely rifle. Not as heavy as a varmint... just right.
edi
 

scotch_egg

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The 6.5 Creedmoor is the modern alternative to both the other options you have listed.

Components are readily available for reloading and factory ammo is pretty readily available now as well.

I have heard very good things about Bergers but not had one in hand. Tikka are reliable and I haven’t heard of a bad one. I’ve had one a while so have a few friends. They are well thought of.
 

ChesterP

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T3x in 6.5 cm If factory ammo plus reloading (or Swede....). 260 Rem fine also, but factory may soon become more scarce with the rise of CM so possibly better if reloading only. All do the same job.
 

philip

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6.5 x 55 is a great caliber, mine likes 120 grn BT for foxing and I use 165 grn for deer, I found the 120 grn busted the exit side leg up on deer and settled on the heavier round now, works a treat

Good luck on what you choose either way 6.5 is a nice caliber to have

Phil
 

stevenedwards

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I use 6.5 for everything, 120 NBT does just fine. Have both 6.5x55 and creedmoor, I prefer the 6.5x55 but have not found one with 1:8 twist off the shelf which would be better.
 

hendrix's rifle

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Thanks for the replys, I'm after a heavier rifle as I prefer heavier. I'm currently using a howa 1500 varmint in 223 (my go to rifle) and ideally I'd like something with a similar weight, maybe a little bit more. I would want to take the 308 out to longer ranges, it's a shortish tube and it's a sporter, doesn't inspire confidence at ranges past 400.
 

scotch_egg

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After replying earlier I have done a back ground check in the bergaras. If It is the bergara HMR you are looking at getting I wouldn’t hesitate. I am sure you will be able to get a good deal. The stocks are much better than Tikka from the factory and use AICS compatible magazines.
 

Tulloch

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.260 Rem or the 6.5 Creed, The creed offers higher BC bullets giving you true 1000yrd accuracy for long range primer denting but also gives you good trajectory and less meat damage on deer. you can also get faster lighter bullets for fox. But to be fair I get good performance of my .243 as well as my 6.5 creed and .270 so maybe just maybe you might think about a .270 with a 110gr bullet , fast and good to 500yrds easy
 

dodgyknees

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How boring, Mr Hendrix. Have you not realised that you need a specialist rifle for every application? One for rabbits, one for foxes, one for deer and one for targets. And thats the minimum requirement, This one size fits all business is a myth! You will be asking how to split your 6.5 in two in 12 months time!
 

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