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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: BKinSD] #14601090 02/24/20
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Originally Posted by BKinSD
130AB at everything, tough to find a better bullet for me


I picked up a box of them. We'll see how they go!


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14601218 02/24/20
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I load up 123 amax's in my 260. Good deer and lope round, and very accurate out of my rifle

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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14602136 02/24/20
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My 6.5-06 and 120gr NBTs have killed a bunch of deer from 120 pound Texas Edwards Plateau to 200+ pound Alabama versions. Complete shoot through on every one.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: ribka] #14602269 02/24/20
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Nice buck and goat.

I was asked earlier about the 123 Scenar out of the 6.5 CM, how it would perform on a WT. I replied that I had not yet killed anything with one.

Given your experience with the 123 AMax out of your .260, I would think performance of the 123 Scenar out of the Creed should be very similar.

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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: mathman] #14602519 02/24/20
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Originally Posted by mathman
Originally Posted by tzone
Looking at different rounds for the 6.5 CM and was thinking there are some damn good bulltes in 120-130gr for 6.5. Will the 6.5CM push the 120gr ttsx fast enough to be effective?

120gr NBT work well at deer killing velocities?


Sure will. So will the 125 Partition and 129 Interlock.



And if no one's mentioned it, the 123 Scenar.

Just saw DF's post above, I've used it on a couple of pronghorns and a Dall sheep, worked well. 2850 MV.



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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14602707 02/24/20
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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Nice buck and goat.

I was asked earlier about the 123 Scenar out of the 6.5 CM, how it would perform on a WT. I replied that I had not yet killed anything with one.

Given your experience with the 123 AMax out of your .260, I would think performance of the 123 Scenar out of the Creed should be very similar.

DF



I try and shoot high shoulder / neck shots with amax. Everyone I hit in that area tips over dead.

Getting around 2800 2850 fps. Probably squeeze a bit more but happy with accuracy.

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[quote=ribka]I load up 123 amax's in my 260. Good deer and lope round, and very accurate out of my rifle


I too have used the 123 Amax with great success, 2900 fps out of a Creed, 5-5 one shot kills on Mule Deer bucks. Bought 500 off GunBroker right after they were discontinued.

Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14603660 02/24/20
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The 140 Partition will kill anything it encounters also, and is soft enough to open up on deer chest shots.

The 140 Speer is about the same, if you like guaranteed performance on odd angles.

Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14680425 03/19/20
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Originally Posted by tzone
Looking at different rounds for the 6.5 CM and was thinking there are some damn good bulltes in 120-130gr for 6.5. Will the 6.5CM push the 120gr ttsx fast enough to be effective?

120gr NBT work well at deer killing velocities?


Tom, my last two Kansas bucks died using the 120 TTSX out of my 6.5. The one this year was quartering toward me. Bullet entered shoulder and I found the perfectly mushroomed bullet in hind quarter near the ball joint of the hip. I see no need to use anything else.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: SKane] #14680640 03/19/20
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Originally Posted by SKane
Tom,

I'm partial to the 130 AB but in this category it's harder to find a wrong answer than the right one. And I haven't seen a bullet mentioned in this thread that wouldn't be up-to-snuff.
Regarding your 120 TTSX inquiry, and, being reasonably familiar with how/where you hunt, heck yes, that's a good choice as well.


Agree,

Better question, what WON'T work in a good 6.5 rifle.

More will than won't. To me it boils down to the game hunted and what the rifle likes best.

DF

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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14687888 03/21/20
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I’ve used the 130gr Scirocco II in 6.5-284 Winchester, 130gr ELD-Match in 6.5 CM, and 130gr Berger H-VLD in .260 Rem. The only one that performed poorly was the Berger.

Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14698137 03/23/20
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I just recently decided to run with these in my Creedmoor. Mainly because my Xbolt really likes them. Most likely what I’ll be using when I’m chasing muleys this Fall.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14703386 03/25/20
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Ive been hunting with all the 6.5s for 30 years. In the end just go with a good 140 and kill stuff. Just throw a few at you the 140 AB is awesome, Hornadys 140 BTSP and 143 eld-x (my #1 pick), or One of Normas killers Ive racked up quite the list of kills with those Hornady ELD-X's the last few years, near and far they lay em down. But hell, the 6.5 is just a killin machine. They are all from a long line of serial killers.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14703416 03/25/20
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I loaded up a bunch of 120 NBTs for my folks out of their 260 Remington's and they worked awesome this past year for them. I reckon the 6.5 can push them almost as good for similar results.


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My daughter shoots the Sierra 120gr PH's in her 260 with excellent results on deer.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14705650 03/25/20
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Have used 120gr BT in my 6.5 mags once. Too much damage. Switched to 125 PT's and over a dozen deer later never had 1 single thing to complain about. Have never seen a need for 140¹s with 125's around.
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108gr Lapua in my Swede does it nicely too! Doesn’t take a lot weight to kill a WT tho......


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14711830 03/27/20
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A guy on the deer lease uses 120 Ballistic tips. He swears by them!

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Used some Prime ammo. 130 OTM was quite deadly at 226 yards , heart shot and exit dead right there.


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Re: Anyone Using 6.5 120's or 130's on Deer? [Re: tzone] #14712090 03/27/20
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Nosler... 120 BTips or 125 Partition....if its real big.. okay, go with the 140 partition....

for deer tho.. a 100 B/Tip or 100 Partition works just fine, regardless of the size of the deer...




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