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M39
04-11-2016, 02:22 PM
I would assume the creed more round is more accurate but what is the price on the round? Is it cheap in bulk like the .308? I already have lots of mayo 7.62 x 51mm, can I use that if I buy the .308 version? But the creed more should be more accurate.

VooDoo
04-11-2016, 05:54 PM
It Depends :)

- Do you plan on reloading?
- What distances do you plan on shooting?
- Competitive shooting?
- Obsessive about accuracy?
- Have you decided on your optics?

Rory McCanuck
04-11-2016, 09:15 PM
If you handload, definitely the 6.5.
If not, well 308s are available, some cheap, some match.

M39
04-12-2016, 08:43 AM
Better go .308 I don't hand load

kennymo
04-12-2016, 09:15 AM
I haven't seen the factory Creedmore rounds for less than about $40 a box anywhere local, if they are even available. The .308 wins hands down for factory ammo availability, selection and price. And from the identical platform there should be little difference in accuracy. The Creedmore is intended to have better long range performance, but so far as grouping at 100 M, I wouldn't expect to see any difference between the two in accuracy.

gtr
04-12-2016, 09:30 AM
I would think the 308 is the best way to go as well.

VooDoo
04-12-2016, 09:39 AM
Better go .308 I don't hand load

Good choice and yes you can shoot 7.62x51 in the RPR.

Justice
04-12-2016, 10:35 AM
"...assume the Creedmoor round is more accurate..." The cartridge is only part of the equation.
"....308 I don't hand load..." You will be. Factory match grade .308 or any ammo gets real expensive, real quick. SFRC, for example, wants $40.95 per 20 for Hornady 168 grain A-Max ammo. Cabela's Canada doesn't list match grade 6.5 Creedmoor at all(Hornady SST hunting ammo only) and they want $51.99 per 20 for it.
And you'd have to try a box of as many brands as you can to find the ammo the Ruger shoots best if you don't reload.
Mind you, you probably do not want to use cheap surplus ammo, in a $1700 plus rifle, anyway.

Ztunelover
04-12-2016, 08:24 PM
If you don't reload 308. If you do reload 6.5 creedmore.

Lee Enfield
04-12-2016, 08:57 PM
For sure .308 and when you decide to reload which will be soon you can get some extremely accurate .308 loads.

glockfan
04-12-2016, 09:47 PM
as some previous posters pointed, if you reload the 6.5 ,otherwise the .308 is the easiest path. anyways, if ever you start reloading in the meantime, the 308 can be pushed past 2900 fps easy.

i'm also looking at the precision rifle , although i'd get another bolt shroud, a steel pistol grip, and probably another adjustable cheek comb-stock and safety switch.

Nav13
04-17-2016, 05:58 AM
I'm also looking at the ruger precision rifle and have been racking my brain over which caliber to go with. I've crossed out the 6.5 creedmoor due to the cost and lack of supply for the ammunition and honestly I am leaning towards the 243. It's cost the same as the 308 for ammunition but has better long distance ballistics than the 308 round.

Only down side is there isn't much if any supply of 243 match grade ammo? And it has less take down power than the 308, but I don't intend to hunt with this rifle. Any other holes in my assumptions?

I like the lower recoil of the 243.

VooDoo
04-17-2016, 09:06 AM
Cost wise, nothing will beat .308. Tons of reload and bulk ammo available. If you are concerned about recoil, find a good muzzle brake for it.

kennymo
04-17-2016, 11:33 AM
I'm also looking at the ruger precision rifle and have been racking my brain over which caliber to go with. I've crossed out the 6.5 creedmoor due to the cost and lack of supply for the ammunition and honestly I am leaning towards the 243. It's cost the same as the 308 for ammunition but has better long distance ballistics than the 308 round.

Only down side is there isn't much if any supply of 243 match grade ammo? And it has less take down power than the 308, but I don't intend to hunt with this rifle. Any other holes in my assumptions?

I like the lower recoil of the 243.

You'll find the .243 with 100 grain bullets to be plenty 'nuff gun for deer, black bear and even elk. The old man's been using one for a fair number of years now and it's been a really great hunting cartridge. He likes it mostly for the low recoil, as he doesn't want to carry a heavy rifle around anymore and it's pretty docile out of a synthetic pencil barrelled Remington. But it's a heckuva killer, small and fast seems to kill just about the same as big and slow from what I've discovered with my .257 Weatherby shooting similar sized projectiles...

Nav13
04-17-2016, 09:13 PM
Cost wise, nothing will beat .308. Tons of reload and bulk ammo available. If you are concerned about recoil, find a good muzzle brake for it.

As weak as this is going to sound, I damaged my right ear while scuba diving and it has become super sensitive to louder noise as a result. Nothing that ear plugs and over ear protection can't help with but I would like to avoid increasing the sound of the gun with a muzzle break.

Looks like I will be going with the 0.243.


Maybe I will re barrel it down the road to one of the other calibers but I'll cross that road when the times comes. I guess that's one more negative for the 243 vs the 308, the barrel life is a lot shorter, but I think for my personal situation it's benefits out weight it's down sides.

Now to find the Vortex PST 6-24 FFP at a decent price.