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Old 01-18-2021, 09:43 PM   #1
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I have a mom and daughter coming in to hunt elk this weekend. They had planned on using a 243 so I offered up my 6.5 instead. Being a bow Hunter I never use it and realized I only had one bullet. I havenít been able to find any for two weeks so the guys that came last weekend sold me a box of 140 grain Hornady Match. A search online produced mixed results so Iím asking people I trust.
Would you use this ammo on an elk?
Would anyone be willing to trade for another type of ammo?


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Old 01-18-2021, 10:08 PM   #2
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Probably no help since I’ve never been elk hunting, but I would not be comfortable shooting 6.5. I know it’s a great little cartridge, but also think shot placement would be key. Personally I would shoot my 308 or comparable.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:11 PM   #3
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For whitetail/pigs, yes. Elk, no. And that's only if it's Hornady ELD-M match ammo (pretty much the same as AMAX). The 6.5 will be better than the .243 but needs to be an actual hunting bullet for elk. ELD-X, Accubond, Fusion, etc. & shot placement will still be very important. Be prepared for follow up shots. I shoot 6.5 but I'd want something bigger for elk.

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What is that 1 bullet? Worst case scenario, if it's a quality hunting bullet make it the first round fired followed up by the other ammo (if the other is ELD-X).

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Old 01-18-2021, 10:13 PM   #4
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I wouldn't personlly use 6.5 CM on an elk, and if I had to it definitely wouldn't be with a match bullet.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:13 PM   #5
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We have had several hunters use the 6.5 with great results. But with different ammo. 143 ELDX and American Whitetail


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Old 01-18-2021, 10:28 PM   #6
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6.5 CM is fine for elk -better than .243. Match ammo I wouldn’t use.

I’m sure some one on here has an extra box they can get you.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:40 PM   #7
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Not Match ammo on game - especially elk size game
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:41 PM   #8
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A good lung shot works great on Elk with 6.5 CM with hunting bullets but not necessarily match bullets
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Not Match ammo on game - especially elk size game
The ELD-M has proven itself for deer & pigs, just like the AMAX did.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:42 PM   #10
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We have had several hunters use the 6.5 with great results. But with different ammo. 143 ELDX and American Whitetail


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No doubt the 6.5 will work on elk, it's just on the smaller size for elk. Best option is a solid bullet that mushrooms well on the heavy end (140+) of the 6.5 spectrum.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:43 PM   #11
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Shot my bull with 6.5CM used 143ELD-X, had no issue, dropped him.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:04 PM   #12
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So it looks like Match ammo is out. Anyone have a box they would sell or trade? This mom is doing all she can to get her girl into the outdoors so any help is greatly appreciated.
Im donating the guide tip and doing the processing for them but none of that means a thing of I canít get good ammo.


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Old 01-18-2021, 11:05 PM   #13
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Iíll trade the entire box of Match for half a box of ELDX.


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Old 01-18-2021, 11:07 PM   #14
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I’ll check in the morning, may have a box of nosler 140gr ballistic tips I’ll sell/trade ta to help out.

I’d much rather have accusing or partitions for elk but BT will be much better than a match bullet
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:07 PM   #15
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I would shot the 243 with a premium bullet, Barnes or a Partition or something similar. Many an elk have been killed with one get close and out it in the lungs.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:22 PM   #16
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I have a box with 16 remaining, I wasnít planning to part with them but for this I will.

Figure out how to get them there
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:27 PM   #17
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I have a box with 16 remaining, I wasnít planning to part with them but for this I will.

Figure out how to get them there
Brent, I sent the guy a pm, I have plenty and Iíll give him some if he can figure out a way to get it, if you want to keep yours.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:35 PM   #18
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Brent, I sent the guy a pm, I have plenty and Iíll give him some if he can figure out a way to get it, if you want to keep yours.


Good deal
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:41 AM   #19
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Old 01-19-2021, 08:19 AM   #20
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If you can get the ELD-X, you won't have a problem. My son and a buddies son both killed cull bulls, my buddy killed an elk in Colorado and I've taken 2 oryx with one shot kills on both.
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Old 01-19-2021, 09:50 AM   #21
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Thanks everyone for the offers. Mako is pretty close and has a few so I think Iím set.


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Old 01-19-2021, 10:01 AM   #22
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I have had a few hunters use the eldm on oryx and elk. Both worked good enough with a shot in the vitals.
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