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Old 09-16-2019, 10:01 AM
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OK Guys; Now settle down. Nobody said that any of those cartridges weren't suitable for hunting. The 6.5 C is just on the small side for animals as big as 600 lb Bull Elk. If your bullet placement is good it will kill the animal, but that is assuming you can actually make the shot which gets exponentially harder the longer the distance.

And Why all the Hate on the .45-70? You know you like them,,, and comparing it to any of the 7MM or 30 cal rocket rounds or the .338 Lupua is pointless, Apples and Oranges.

As far as the .338 Lupua why not just compare it to 50 BMG? That's about the same thing, right?

Another thing you need to consider is how much Bloodshot Meat there will be on your Bull Elk that I assume you are shooting for the meat and not just for the Hell of It? You're gonna lose anywhere from 25-50 lbs of meat that is unusable due to the high impact velocity of such rounds. A .300 or .338 WM would be about the top end for that game animal. Anything bigger will just make a mess.

All the higher velocity cartridges are about is increasing your range capability, and if you aren't going to shoot past 200 Yards then why endure the Recoil. The 6.5 C is a ballistic duplicate of the 6.5 x 55 Swede that is 120+ years old. 26-2700 fps with a 140 gr bullet, so it is not even close to any of the rounds you guys talked about. 7mm RM/.300 WM etc.

With the .45-70 and a 405 gr Cast Boolit you'll get a neat 1/2" hole punched cleanly thru the animal with very little loss of meat. As long as you take out the lungs or hit the heart it's going down within 15 seconds.

I just don't think a 6.5 C is an appropriate round for Big Elk. On my next hunt I'll take two guns. If there is a good chance I'll get a 100-150 yard shot or less I'll use the .45-70, if not then the .30-06 with 180 gr handloads comes out.

Gosh have we beat this horse to death yet?

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