Talk on or suggest a 6.5 Creedmoor

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Combat_Medic, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Combat_Medic

    Combat_Medic New Member

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    I am in the market for a bolt action rifle chambered for a 6.5 Creedmoor. Does anyone have any rifles to suggest or give me any information about this decision?
     
  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Savage Arms makes a fine rifle, but does it have to be a Creedmoor, When loaded with heavier bullets, cartridges such as the 6.5x55mm and 6.5-284 are capable of greater muzzle velocity due to their longer cases and larger powder capacity, and unless you just have to have a short action, Savage builds one in 6.5-284 & its a much better cartridge............
     

  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    What are the intended uses of the rifle? Target's/Hunting/Long Range

    The 6.5 Creedmoor/260 Remington/6.5x47 Lapua are almost identical across the ballistic table,and are great Target/Hunting/Long Range calibers.
    I have an AR10 in 260 Remington,and as soon as I get another action,I'll put my 6.5 Creedmoor bolt action together.
    The 6.5 CM has a shorter case,and lets you use the longer match bullets and stay within magazine length.That's the only advantage that I see with the 6.5 CM over the 260 Rem.
    While factory ammo is available,these calibers are cheaper to handload.
    If your wanting a caliber that factory ammo is easy to find look at the 6.5x55 Swede. It has been around a very long time,and is still a favorite target/hunting caliber in Europe.
    The 6.5x284 is a great Long Range caliber,but it's also got a short barrel life from what I've been told.
     
  4. Combat_Medic

    Combat_Medic New Member

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    Tom & TxHillbilly
    It doesnt have to be the CM, I just came to that option while looking at some of Rugers Rifles and It got me interested in it. I know I hear of guys swapping out AR uppers for the 6.5 Grendel and It all just got me really interested in the caliber. I would be using this for deer hunting and range shooting. I wont be doing any shooting with it until I get back from Afghanistan. So I have a lot of time to throw around 6.5, 30-06 or .308. All for same purpose
     
  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    So then why not go with something a little easier to find like the .25-06, & cheaper to..............
     
  6. Combat_Medic

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    Very good point Tom, Thank you... Where have you guys found to have the best prices on ammo? I want to get into reloading when I get home but will be starting at square 1 with that.
     
  7. mrm14

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    I shoot the .260 Rem for 1000 yard target rifle. My observations is that the 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Rem. are near the same in ballistic performance with the barrel life of the 6.5 Creedmoor being longer. Used to be said that brass and ammunition was limited for the .260 Rem., but that is no longer very much of an issue. Very good quality traget as well as hunting ammo is factory loaded for both now if you don't reload. Also, I would think that a 6.5mm cartridge should be fine for most all deer and some larger critters within the normal ethical shooting distances.

    http://demigodllc.com/articles/6.5-creedmoor-260-done-right/?p=1


    I think you will be fine with a 6.5 Creedmoor if you decide to go with it.
     
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  8. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Combat Medic,Thank you for your service!

    While any of the calibers that Tom and I listed will work fine for what your wanting,I agree with Tom.
    Unless you load your own ammo,the 6.5 Creedmoor is limited in what you can find in factory offerings. It's even worse for the 260 Remington,and also expensive for factory ammo.
    I love the 25/06,but factory ammo doesn't give many options.
    The 243 Win,6.5x55 Swede,270 Win,7mm-08,308,and 30/06 have a lot of factory ammo choices,and the price of the ammo is cheaper because they've been around a long time and are very common calibers.
     
  9. mrm14

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    I reload, however, I have bought good ammunition on and off from Copper Creek Cartridge and Southwest Ammunition.

    http://coppercreekammo.com/

    http://www.southwestammunition.com/category_s/107.htm

    Their prices aren't too bad for what they have to offer in quality.
     
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  10. Combat_Medic

    Combat_Medic New Member

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    You all have brought up very good points and ive taken your advise into consideration. Im probably going to hold off on the 6.5 until I am ready to pick up a 6.5 creedmor upper receiver for my ar15 but thatll be down the road a bit. I got it narrowed down to 30-06 vs .308 and currently am leaning towards 30/06 since it has such a large grain variance. Remmington 700, Marlin xl7, Mossberg 4x4 maybe browning A bolt... saw it going for 555 on Buds....Thanks again guys
     
  11. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    The 6.5 Creedmoor is on the AR10 platform,the 6.5 Grendel is on the AR15 platform. There's a big difference in the performance between the two calibers.
     
  12. Combat_Medic

    Combat_Medic New Member

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    Txhillbilly,
    Yes thank you I meant to say Grendel there