A friend of mine at church asked me one Sunday what I thought about the 6.5 Creedmoor compared to the .308. I had no idea what he was speaking about when he mentioned the Creedmoor so I decided I would educate myself a little on this subject.
First, a few facts about me. 1) I love to shoot weapons. However, that doesn’t make me a subject matter expert on weapons. 2) This blog is only about the comparison of the cartridge and how it performs. 3) At no point, will I make a recommendation. 4) When it comes to shooting, accuracy, and more, it depends on the individual. Their likes, dislikes, comfort, etc. 5) Let’s get started.
The .308 (or 7.62) has been around for 50+ years. The military and law enforcement use the .308 round and it is the most popular hunting round in the world. It weighs in at 150 grains and it has a great chance to expand upon impact. It is an extremely deadly round.
The 6.5 Creedmoor was designed as a target round. It is still relatively new, and it weighs in at 120 grains. Also, the lighter weight means that it is designed to be shot at greater distances. Given this tidbit of information, we could stop and say that it is incomparable for this reason. However, the 6.5 is gaining popularity as a hunting cartridge so we will push on.
The 6.5 travels at 3,010 fps. At 500 yds. the velocity drops to 2,078 fps. FPS is feet per second. The .308 travels at 3,000 fps. And at 500 yds. drops to 1963 fps.
I will stop here and put a few questions in play. Where are you hunting? Is it open with minimal intrusions in sight? What distance is your scope set up to? Are you set to engage an animal at 1,000 yds.? Do you shoot at 300 yds. or in? How comfortable are you at shooting at 800+ yds.? What kind of experience do you have when shooting at distance? What type of animal are you hunting? Are you target shooting?
Once you take into account the information that is provided by each round and take stock of what you are hunting and what type of terrain you are firing into, you can reach a conclusion. As previously stated, it also depends on what you like and dislike or what you’re comfortable with. Once you have answered the questions, figured out what you like and done the research, you will be ready to purchase your round.
You guys take it easy.
P.S. I just finished an article at Outdoor Life’s website about whitetail hunting with the 6.5 Creedmoor. Three mature bucks were killed with a single shot to the shoulder at no more than 50 yards. These three people were all firing Browning Rapid Expansion Rounds (BXR). The rounds weighed in at 129 gr. and the staff was impressed with the knockdown power of the Creedmoor. Therefore it could be said that the Creedmoor and .308 are nigh equal in terms of deadliness.