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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorlad View Post
    In the latest ROD & Rifle it was determined that the ultimate NZ hunting rifle is a 6.5 Creedmoor
    Really? Opinions like that justifies my avoidance of NZ or pretty much anyone's hunting magazines.

    Great cartridge but to be the best for all NZ game is a bit of a stretch Imo.

    I would have thought the .308 for anything inside 400 would be hard to beat with its projectile selection, power and inherent accuracy.

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    @R93 Yeah I could think of half a dozen calibres I'd put it front of it.
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    I haven't read the article but I can see the Creedmoor rating well if recoil was a heavily weighted consideration. I view the smaller 6.5s as sitting at a sweet spot for effectiveness on medium sized deer vs recoil level.
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    The 6.5 Creedmoor along with the 6.5x47 Lapua were designed as target rounds not hunting while they are excellent cartridges for deer at moderate ranges neither are as good as the 6.5x55 in modern rifles with the heavier
    projectiles, The 6.5x47 Lapua was all the rage for a few years when shooters found out that it was not killing deer at a kilometre they dumped it the 6.5 Creedmoor will go the same way if you have a Tikka T3 there is no point
    in having a short 6.5 the action is long enough for just about any cartridge, The 6.5x55 is one of the easiest cartridges to shoot recoil is mild not much more than a .243 also easy to reload just pick a bullet and the appropriate
    powder and you have a tack driver, if want to abuse yourself get a .264 Win Mag
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    When I was looking to buy my first centrefire, and knowing nothing about hunting, I figured it was best to use the “Wisdom of Crowds” to decide what I should purchase. To this end I spent months reading and collating opinions from the literature of the day (including the magazines) on which calibres were considered suitable for taking medium sized deer. Averaged or independent of case size, specific bullet weights, and other variables, the data - condensed down to bore size alone - came out as follows:

    .223 - 30% viewed this diameter as suitable, 70% not,
    .243 - 70% as suitable,
    25cal - 90% suitable,
    6.5mm and larger - close enough to a 100% approval rating, and in the case of 6.5mm nearly always accompanied by references to moose!

    This is not a personal view I’m presenting here, only a summary of opinion from the time - late 1980s. I have a feeling advances in bullet construction may have shifted current figures around somewhat from the above. Also the approval rating for the 22 cal may have dropped lower as we are now some decades further removed from the heyday of the .222.

    Thinking it was also sensible as a novice to minimise recoil I picked what I thought was a sweet spot and went with a .257. Over the years I have come to understand the limitations which led to 10% disapproval. Today I would pick a 6.5x47 or Swede.
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