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Backcountry Hunting Podcast

Jun 30, 2023

Is America's trendiest, most controversial cartridge adequate for hunting America's most dangerous game? Most would say no. Tyler Freel, an Alaskan wild man who's taken many grizzlies with recurve bows, blackpowder rifles, and even stone arrowheads, recently killed a big griz with a 6.5 Creedmoor. 

This episode details his story. 

Freel, an accomplished backcountry hunter and Outdoor Life field editor, tells why he shot the bear with a 6.5 Creedmoor, goes into the specific rifle, ammo, and shot conditions, and shares his views on why it worked. He also outlines grizzly hunting situations in which he'd NOT want to be equipped with a 6.5 Creedmoor. 

This is a practical look at what can be done with the cartridge, free of any hype, paranoia, or verbal lather. To Freel, the 6.5 Creedmoor is just a cartridge that pushes a 140-grain bullet at 2,700 fps, not the "6.5 Needmoor," not the "6.5 Wasting Disease," and not history's greatest gift to hunters.  

In fact, Freel has the audacity to compare the 6.5 Creedmoor to the legendary .30-06. This was a fun one, folks. ENJOY! 



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