10 Great 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles Under $500
Looking for a new deer hunting rifle this fall? Try the immensely popular 6.5 Creedmoor, a caliber that Academy Sports + Outdoors has plenty of ' without breaking the bank!
A few years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a 6.5 Creedmoor deer rifle in hunting camps around the country
Legendary gun writer Jack O’Connor’s favorite, the .270 Winchester? Of course.
Same thing for the .30-06 Springfield, the .30-30 Winchester, the .308 Winchester, and the .243 Winchester. For that matter, you probably would have found a few 7mm Remington Magnums and the flat-shooting 7mm-08 Remington, especially in Texas. Maybe even a few lesser-used calibers like the 6mm Remington, the .280 Remington, and the .25-06 Remington.
But that was then, and this is now — most deer camps have several 6.5 Creedmoors. The 6.5 might even be the cartridge that dominates the slots in the gun rack.
Why is that? First, it’s trendy; everybody has one or everybody wants one. Second, it’s a relatively flat shooter that packs just the right amount of wallop for white-tailed deer. Finally, it’s a cartridge that’s easy to find different ammunition loads for, not to mention several different rifle models.
If you’re in the market for a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle this deer season, here are 10 options that are available from Academy Sports + Outdoors, all for $500 or less:
Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Bolt-Action Rifle ($499.99)
This Wyoming gun maker has cranked out great bolt-action rifles for years and this version of the popular Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 is no exception.
With a cold hammer-forged barrel, a drilled and tapped steel receiver, three-position safety, two-stage trigger, and a hinged floor plate that has 4+1 bullet capacity, there’s a lot of nuts and bolts to like in this gun. Add in the rifle’s handsome Monte Carlo Griptonite stock – featuring a pistol grip, fore-end inserts, and a right palm swell – and there’s little not to like about this top-notch rifle.
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