Many shooters and hunters would agree that both the newly popular 6.5 Creedmoor and the reliable 308 are both great calibers. Both of these guns are more than capable of taking game animals at great distances, and both are very accurate. But while the 308 Win has been around for a very long time, many may wonder if the flashy 6.5 Creedmoor that has taken the hunting and shooting worlds by storm is better. Let’s jump into this article comparing the 6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Win.
So how does the 6.5 Creedmoor stack up against the 308? And how do they both do when it comes to things like deer and bear hunting? Let’s take a look at each one individually and then compare both of them together to figure out the major differences!
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The 308 Win got its start when the US Army replaced the M1 Garand with the M14 service rifle. This new rifle shot the 308 round, and it could basically do everything that the .30-06 Springfield did but with a few added benefits. It could fit in a short action rifle, and it was a little more accurate. This created a rising in popularity of this round, and many hunters fell in love with its accuracy and power as a hunting caliber.
Another reason the 308 found so much popularity amongst hunters is its wide range of versatility. This gun can shoot a wide range of bullet sizes, allowing it to shoot everything from prairie dogs all the way up to giant moose. The most popular hunting loads for the 308 are generally 125, 150, 165, and 180-grain bullets, although the 150 and 165-grain bullets are the most popular for most situations.
The 6.5 Creedmoor, on the other hand, is a much newer caliber. Named the Creedmoor in honor of the Creedmoor shooting matches, this round was specifically designed with the goal of being the best competition shooting caliber. It has very little recoil, is extremely accurate, and has high BC bullets that keep their energy down range and buck the wind quite well. Because of all these benefits, it quickly found a home amongst hunters who wanted an accurate and reliable caliber for long-range hunting.
Just like the 308, the 6.5 Creedmoor has a large variety of ammo that it can shoot. Its bullet weights come in many weights, with lighter weights anywhere from 120 to 135 grains, and heavier weights from 140 to 147 grains. The heavier weights, especially the 140-grain variety, tend to be the most popular amongst hunters.
So which one is better when it comes to hunting game like deer or even bear? Let’s take a look at a few different categories in order to better compare them. Starting with recoil, there is a clear difference between the two. Because the 308 is usually shooting a bigger, heavier round, it tends to have more recoil than you would find when shooting a Creedmoor. While it may not be much more, it is something to consider.
Next, you have accuracy. Here the two guns are very similar, as both are very similar in size and velocities. If you have to pick a winner, the 6.5 Creedmoor would get the edge in extreme distances thanks to its bullet BC and its lighter recoil, allowing it to be very accurate. While it may sound like a 6.5 maybe a clear choice, the 308 does win when it comes to ammo availability and pricing. Because the Creedmoor is new, ammo is more expensive and generally harder to find than the traditional and trusted 308.
What about hunting with these two calibers? Which one would make a better hunting rifle? It’s no secret that the Creedmoor has taken the hunting world by storm and may now be one of the most popular hunting rounds among deer hunters, but the 308 has the advantage of being a heavier round with more history and trust behind it. We know both of these rounds are very accurate and capable, so it will really come down to what you intend to use it for.
When it comes to animals like deer or bear, either of these calibers is more than capable of being reliable, long-range hunting rifles. For larger animals like elk or even moose, you will want to stick with the larger 308 Win with heavier bullets. That is not to say that the 6.5 Creedmoor is not capable of taking down an elk, but most hunters tend to favor a heavier bullet from a larger caliber when going after anything larger than a whitetail deer. While things like deer and bear tend to die fairly easily from medium-sized rounds, larger animals like elk will take much more of a beating before dying.
So which caliber should you be using? As you can probably see, there really is no clearcut winner when it comes to these two rounds. Both are very capable when it comes to hunting, and both will be very accurate and reliable. Consider how much money you may want to spend on ammunition, or how important long-range accuracy is to you. For regular big game like deer or bear, either one of these will be more than adequate for your needs!
No matter what you may think of the 6.5 Creedmoor or the 308 Win, there is no denying the fact that both of these calibers are easily two of the most popular hunting rounds in the country. Both are very accurate to long ranges, provide plenty of knockdown power, and are very fun to shoot. No matter which one you end up shooting, you can rest assured that it will kill whatever animal that you are hunting after!
For a review of the 6.5 Creedmoor vs 270 Win and the 6.5 Creedmoor’s viability for elk, keep reading here…