Which 6.5?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by cottontop, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I am thinking of having a custom Shaw rifle built. A pretty good deal at under $900. I am trying to decide between the 6.5 x 55 or the 6.5 Creedmoor. Which might be the better choice and why?
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  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    What's it gonna be used for Top? Cuz both is a dandy cartridge.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     

  3. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I've always preferred the 6.5 creedmoor, I don't own a rifle that shoots it. But I've taken a few coyote's with one and it knocks the living hell out them.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    What is wrong with the .25-06................they are a lot more plentiful.
     
  5. cottontop

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    There's nothing wrong w/ a .25-06, but I already have one. I don't have anything in 6.5. I would be using it mostly for target shooting but also for varmints, deer, hogs.
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  6. billt

    billt New Member

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    The 6.5-.284 is fast getting a good reputation as an excellent, accurate, long range target cartridge. It is one of the most common calibers in use in F-Class shooting today. The round has been commercially produced, and is no longer a wildcat. Savage, along with several other companies produce rifles chambered for it. All have a good reputation for accuracy, and the flat shooting characteristics that all long range shooters love.
     
  7. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    It would be helpfull to know what long yardage would be for target or varments. When you look at the length of the 6.5x55 and the 65-284 there close in OAL with only ,005th's difference in length if loaded at max lenght for a given round they both fit in the mag the 6.5-284 does offer several hundred FPS and both can push a 160gr bullet. It may turn out a 6.5x47 6.5 creedmorr or 260rem would work better, more efficient and a bit shorter allowing longer bullets to set forward more in the case. Go to hodgdon loading info and compair the regular 260 rem to the 6.5x55. Being a bit shorter it may allow you to load to fit your magazine and give better performance. Have your chamber cut for a 260AI and it it will out pace the 6.5x55 instead of basicly matching it. The 6.5 creedmorr is more efficient useing less powder with more fps with a 142gr bullet than the the 6.5x55 and short enought to run cartidge to max lenght for your mags if that helps. I would run a 260AI or the 6.5 creedmorr.
     
  8. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    + 1. Haven't shot a Shaw rifle yet but they are getting great reviews.
     
  9. jpattersonnh

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    OK, 6.5x.284 is a barrel burner. So you may have a rifle that is a tack driver for 2000 to 3000 rounds, but then time to rebarrel. I am a huge fan of 6.5x55. I have 4 rifles in that caliber. I can shoot from vermin to Elk. Sure w/ elk range is limited to 300 yards, but it will do the job. 100gr really move. W/ IMR4064 I can get close to 3100 fps. At 700 yards it has the potential to take a Coyote, not that I would waste my time. The bullet is still at mach 1.19. The 6.5x55 is known as the last of the 800 yard killers (old school snipers). It out lived ever other caliber including the .30-06 in Military service.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    Do you own either?
     
  11. cakesterkiller

    cakesterkiller New Member

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    a buddy of mine has a savage 110 in 6.5x284 and it shoots amazing if had the money to drop on a set up like his I wouldn't hesitate to buy one... and the savage is super easy to rebarrel if ya need to
     
  12. Txhillbilly

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    I recently ordered a 6.5 Creedmoor and a 7mm-08 varmint contour barrels (26") in a group buy from E.R.Shaw.Although Shaw isn't anywhere near the top of my barrel list,for the price I paid for them I couldn't pass them up.
    Most of them shoot really good,but I'll have to find out myself and decide if it was money well spent.

    The 6.5x55 has always been a favorite caliber in Europe,and has a well known track record.
    The 6.5x284 is a well known long range target caliber,but is also short on barrel life.
    The 260 Rem-6.5 Creedmoor-6.5x47 Lapua,are all very close in a side by side comparision,and any of them will serve the shooter well. I went with the 6.5 Creedmoor because Hornady brass is better than most of the stuff for the 260 Remington,and a lot cheaper than the Lapua brass for the 6.5x47,and I strictly handload for all of my guns.

    If you don't reload,then the 6.5x55 or the 260 Remington would be a better choice for better availability of factory ammo.