6.5 PRC

Yes, the 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge is Big Enough for Moose Hunting


Some people say that the 6.5 PRC is too small for moose. On the other hand, others think it's acceptable with good shot placement. Watch this video and decide for yourself if you think it's big enough.

The 6.5 Creedmoor has taken the hunting world by storm in recent years and it's a great precision shooting cartridge as well as a very good hunting cartridge.

Well, the 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge is the big brother to the 6.5 Creedmoor, and some hunters think it's a better choice for hunting larger game or hunting at longer range.

Firing a very aerodynamic bullet at a higher velocity, the 6.5 PRC has a flatter trajectory, more resistance to wind drift, and more retained energy at longer range than the 6.5 Creedmoor. This certainly gives the newer cartridge a few advantages when taking a longer range shot.

As these things sometimes go, the suitability of both of the 6.5 cartridges for hunting various species of game is a pretty contentious subject at times. Most hunters are in agreement that both the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 6.5 PRC are very good for deer as well as similarly sized game (like chamois).


However, not everybody is sold on using the 6.5 PRC on really big game like moose or elk.

Watch the video to see how the 6.5 Precision Rifle cartridge performed on a few moose up in Canada and make your own decision on whether it's big enough for the task.

If you've never seen one in person before, moose are really, really big animals. With that in mind, it's easy to understand why many hunters lean towards larger and more powerful cartridges like the .280 Ackley Improved, 7mm Remington Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, or the .338 Winchester Magnum for hunting moose.


The conventional wisdom says that hunters should be using bigger cartridges like those and nobody would blink an eye if you brought one of them on a moose hunt.

That said, this video demonstrates that the 6.5 PRC is certainly capable of quickly and cleanly taking down a moose with good shot placement.

That shouldn't be earth shattering news. Hunters have been taking moose with the .270 Winchester (and similar ones) for years with good results. Well, the 6.5 PRC shoots bullets of a similar size and with similar amounts of kinetic energy when compared to the venerable .270.

Just because it worked for the guy in the video doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you though. His shot placement was very good on both moose and he made a good follow-up shot on the second one to finish closing the deal.


Things could have turned out very differently if he would have muffed his shot on that hunt. By the same token, a bad shot on a moose from a 7mm Rem Mag or a .300 Win Mag will probably result in a long day as well.

Should you hunt moose with a 6.5 PRC? That's for you to decide, but it clearly will work for that task.

In case you were wondering, the hunter in these videos was using a Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range firing Hornady's 147-grain ELD-Match bullet pushed at about 2,910 fps.

Nice work, Brandon!


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