View Full Version : Reloading for 6.5 Creedmoor

10-18-2015, 11:01 PM

Fitting in between the 7mm-08 and the 243 Winchester, the 6.5 Creedmoor is excellent for long range shooting as well as hunting CXP2 (deer, antelope) sized animals. Ballistically, 6.5mm bullets are better suited for 1000 yard shots than a .30 cal bullet like the 308 Winchester uses. They’re longer, faster, and stay supersonic to longer distances when fired from about a 308 sized case. It also recoils less than 308, which is nice if you’re doing a lot of shooting or reloading for someone of a smaller stature. It gives a bump in energy delivered at medium range over the 243 Winchester, which could be important if it’s being used for hunting.

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Rory McCanuck
10-19-2015, 10:46 AM
I'd really like one of the 6.5s to really catch on, as I think they are an almost perfect balance for just about everything in N. America. One that really intrigues me is the 6.5/06, but they don't seem to be common.
Looking through Browning's selection for the X-Bolt the only 6.5 they show is the Creedmore.
It sure has the wheels turning...
Thanks for the write-up, you're not helping ;)

10-20-2015, 10:09 PM
I just shot my new PGW Coyote chambered in 6.5CM. Was using handloads. 123gr Hornady Amax powered by 40.7gr of H4350. Result at CDTSA 100 yard range was 1/2 inch three shot groups. Incredible accuracy. Negligible recoil. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of this calibre!

10-22-2015, 05:30 PM
I'm not trolling, this is an honest question, how is the 6.5 CM any better than a .260 Rem?

Rory McCanuck
10-22-2015, 09:31 PM
Honestly I don't think it is.
Looking at my Hornady book, they use their old proprietary trick of splitting divisions into 50 fps instead of the usual 100 fps.
They seem to make a point of not using any of the same powders in both cartridges, with the Creedmore tending toward the faster burning powders. Velocities seem quite similar.
If you take the 260's slightly larger case capacity, I think it would have the edge.

Either way, you get to push those long slippery .264 bullets at a useful speed, without beating yourself up with recoil.
What's not to like?

10-22-2015, 10:09 PM
Just held up the picture of the 6.5 CM in my Lee book next to the Hornady one of the 260. The only really tangible difference seems to be the shoulder angle. Maybe the sharper angle on the Creedmore shoulder is intended to give a more positive headspacing for the match guys? Otherwise I can't really see a reason for it to be created ten years after the .260 hit the market. Velocities seem pretty close, the difference almost isn't worth mentioning....

Rory McCanuck
10-22-2015, 10:13 PM
Yeah, it really bugs me that the 260 is the red-headed step-child.
Granted I haven't shot one, but it really should be the one gun solution for most of N.America.

10-23-2015, 03:05 PM
Shifting to the 6.5 x 47, it would seem to be less capable than either the 6.5 CM or the .260 Rem. So again, other than the very good quality of the Lapua brass, is there any niche where the 6.5 x 47 really shines?