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Ruger American in 6.5 creedmore does the job

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by mjbskwim, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    So I'm sitting around a gun store yesterday and a gentleman says the U of I farm has a elk problem. So this morning I go see what's up. Then I get on the list,go back to the game dept right down the hiway and get my tag.
    Does this mean I don't get a elk tag during regular season? Nope,still get that tag,this is extra! Gave them $36 and went back to the ranch.(already had my license)
    So I had the shotgun,muzzle loader,and the Ruger American. I didn't need to do a short range hunt but I wanted to use the muzzle gun anyway.
    Then them pesky elk started moving. I put down the ML and took the rifle off my back. Tried to steady it but got on one knee instead. Put the crosshairs on her and clicked it off. She waddled around a few steps and went down. Picked her head up twice and that was it.
    I was loaded with Hornady's precision hunter 143gr ELD-X. I was afraid 143gr might be too light but it did great without severe meat damage.
    It went thru the lungs and up thru the back strap on the opposite side.
    So of course I'm very happy with the rifle and the ammo choice.
    And I guess my shooting,since it was a new rifle.
     
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  2. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    Nice! I've been wanting one of those in the 6.5 but can't find them locally.
     
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  3. osprey

    osprey NW WA Active Member

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    Oh the insanity! Eveybody knows you need a superultramag with at least a 300 gr bullet to down an Elk. Nice going with the CM. I have not killed an elk with mine but I have no doubt it would get it done at reasonable ranges. I have killed several elk with 140 grainers in a 270 including a 400# cow at 300+ yards. She didn't seem to notice I was undergunned.
     
  4. bsa1917hunter

    bsa1917hunter T.D Well-Known Member

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    Awesome on all accounts. Congrats on the cow. Great way to fill the freezer!!
     
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  5. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You next need to buy a camera. Or at least a smartphone that has a camera in it.
     
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  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Oh I have an iPhone but it's such a PITA to figure out how to load from my library. And I'm not loading to somewhere else and then bringing it here.
    I mean even Craigslist all I have to do is hit pics and it goes to my library. Photo bucket does the same thing
    Why not bring that technology here?
    Or if it is here it sucks to find it
     
  7. Joey

    Joey Yamhill County,Or Active Member

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    Nice work. How far was the shot?
     
  8. Stomper

    Stomper Ungovernable! Become Ungovernable! Gold Supporter

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    He was 20 yards.... tops!



    :D
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    200 yards
     
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  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Close:confused:
     
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  11. Joey

    Joey Yamhill County,Or Active Member

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    Cool. Just got an RPR in 6.5 and it'll be our landing Blacktail/Bear/Elk gun.
     
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  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Can't remember if I said it here but I didn't like the cheapo stock. Really turned me off to the gun at first. Then I saw a few vids on it and decided to try it out,thinking I could always put a Boyd's stock on it. Well it's light enough you could almost carry it for a back up rifle.
    I probably won't change this gun but would buy a 6.5 in better rifle if I decided I needed something nicer.
     
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  13. SparksFly

    SparksFly Portland Member

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    I am thinking about getting one of these... if I can suddenly turn 21.
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    Yep. That's a .50 BMG
     
  14. osprey

    osprey NW WA Active Member

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    Sure that is enough gun for a 170# deer?
     
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  15. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter

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    With just the right conditions and under 100 yards. :D:rolleyes:
     
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