I'm agreed with you 100%.To be honest, I was going to actually start answering things in order of the posts... but something became very clear; you guys want him to go 6.5mm. So be it... OP, do the new cool thing. Just don't do it too late when the next new cartridge comes out.
I don't need to sit here an spout out about myself. Personally, I'm not that type of person. I don't need to talk about 18 years of my shooting life, nor which instructors I've learned from. Instructor wise, wouldn't have much in this discussion, either... as I never paid anyone for long range rifle training (it's on my list, when I can put time/money aside for it). Definitely not an ex-military sniper or SEAL, as I had Type 1 diabetes... thus unable to enlist. However, that doesn't make me an internet commando, either.
In regards to calibers, I have experience with quite a few. .308/.30-06 up until recent years was predominantly irons and fixed 8x scopes. Personally, have not owned a 6.5mm Creedmoor, but have tried my cousin's out in PA. It is a nice rifle combination (I will likely pick one up when I can put money towards one... have things higher on the list), but still stand by my original post. I've read a lot into Cleckner's views on the subject, and agree with him on this very suggestion.
I am very familiar with 6.5mm as a bullet size (in a sense, slightly different diameter), as I'm into 6.5mm Carcano (and getting out of 6.5mm Japanese). I also like the historical value of certain cartridges.
I also don't need to say a few years ago that I was in a similar position as the OP... and put my money into .300 Win Mag. Was a great time... lost a lot on the gun when I actually moved over to .308. Why I recommended the book I did, as I wish it was out back when I started.
Great, you are making suggestions based on how many years in this style of shooting? Reloading? I'm making a suggestion knowing money is difficult to put up at certain times in life, and that shouldn't stop someone from shooting. Classes end early, and you want to run to the range... more likely to find some sort of .308 on a shelf than 6.5mm. Plus, don't have to look for a brand new rifle... find a used .308 that someone made the move over to 6.5mm. There are plenty of good deals to be found in .308, as people always tend to want the latest/greatest. Personally, I won't be selling my Remington .308 when I do acquire a 6.5mm.
OP... enjoy your new 6.5mm, since that is the decision the group made for you. Sorry I gave a view to a question you asked that didn't go with the "right." Hope you get plenty of range time. Best of luck in college.
Start .308 if he want he can switch to new 6.5 creedmoor barrel in later.
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