6.5 Creedmoor craze makes Pennsylvania legalize .26 caliber rifles for elk hunting

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Old Mossy Horns
6.5 MM CREEDMOOR COULD BECOME LEGAL ROUND FOR ELK

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would permit the state’s elk hunters to use the 6.5 mm Creedmoor round and related .26 caliber firearms.

Existing regulations require elk hunters to use firearms that are .27 caliber or more, with bullets of at least 130 grains. But after a review, the Game Commission has determined that increasingly popular firearms in the .26 caliber range provide adequate and commonly accepted kinetic energies to efficiently and ethically harvest elk.

The change would allow use of .26 caliber firearms with bullets of 120 grains or more for elk hunting.

The measure will be brought back to the July meeting for a final vote.
Is the 6.5 Creedmoor that better at killing elk than a .264 Win Mag or a .260 Remington?
 

JJWise

Eight Pointer
It’s not that it’s better at killing elk than others, it lacks the power of the 264WM, 6.5x284 and 6.5PRC. It’s that bullet technology has come a long way, making 6.5mm cartridges viable for killing elk size animals, especially at ranges often found in the east. In all reality, I doubt there’s much you can do with a 308 or 30-06 that you can’t do with a 6.5CM anymore.
 

Winnie 70

Eight Pointer
I reload for a 308 and can go from 110-130-150-165-168g and see no need for a 6.5CM.....a 110 loaded to take out coyotes is the ticket and all the way up to elk with the right load. All where you put that piece of lead.
 

shadycove

Twelve Pointer
I reload for a 308 and can go from 110-130-150-165-168g and see no need for a 6.5CM.....a 110 loaded to take out coyotes is the ticket and all the way up to elk with the right load. All where you put that piece of lead.
X2 on the 308 but I would stay above the 150gr loads, always with a premium bullet.
I have a pet 110gr load that is certain death on deer under 200yds but I would not shoot an elk with it, just sayin'.
 
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