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The versatility of the 6.5 Creedmoor allows hunters to adjust the bullet weight and load to hunt a variety of big game animals. WHJ Shooting Editor Kevin Madison with a Wyoming antelope. Sectional Density CALIBER BULLET WEIGHT .243 / 6mm .257 .264 / 6.5mm .277 / 6.8mm .284 / 7mm .284 / 7mm .308 .308 SD 90g .218 110g .238 140g .287 140g .261 140g .248 160g .283 150g .226 180g .271 Throughout the West, big game hunters have plenty of calibers to choose from when they go afield. Many of the decisions are pre- determined either through what they know (or don’t know) or what they’re comfortable with. It’s common to talk with older hunters who hunt only with a .270 because Jack O’Connor told them that’s what they should hunt with. Or, the only rifle they own is a .30-06, or some other caliber. Point being, many hunters are creatures of habit and subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory. And if that works and fills your freezer each fall, then more power to you. But with a little research, people will learn there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And the 6.5 Creedmoor is another arrow to have in the quiver. Take, for example, a typical antelope hunt. Known for spooking easily, antelope have excellent eyesight and are constantly on the lookout for predators. Knowing this, antelope hunters are often faced with taking a long-range shot. It’s not uncommon to shoot a pronghorn from 300 yards, sometimes longer. Most antelope weigh between 100 and 120 pounds and hunters want a cartridge that is flat shooting, can buck the wind, is accurate at long distances and can quickly and humanely kill the animal. The .243 Remington has been one of the obvious traditional choices for hunting antelope. It possesses all the characteristics needed to be successful. It is flat shooting, has low recoil, and is accurate. The 6.5 Creedmoor shares all those attributes but wins out every time when compared with similar bullets. The significantly higher ballistic co-efficiency of the 6.5 Creedmoor bullet is going to be particularly helpful when shoot- ing at longer ranges and in what can often be windy conditions out on the plains where antelope generally live. These higher ballistic co-efficient bullets will shoot flatter and buck the wind better, giving the shooter a higher margin of error, something we can all use. madison game. It’s not unrealistic to expect a 140g .264 bullet to penetrate better than a 140g .30 caliber bullet as the SD of the .264 is much higher. This comparison helps in figuring out which bullets might be most effective for different species of game, as SD gives us a better comparison of different calibers than the simple weight of the bullet. For example, the .270 and .30-06 both can shoot a 150g bullet. The SD in the .270 (.279) is significantly higher than the .30-06 (.226). This explains why it is popular for elk hunting. It also explains why elk hunters that opt for a .