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6.5 Creedmore VS 6.5x284

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Unread 11-08-2013, 04:41 PM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore VS 6.5x284

I currently have a rifle in both offerings. I built the 6.5/284 first. It was meant to be a Pronghorn, tactical, long range rig. I'd say it came out pretty good, but is on the heavy side for carrying - 16 pounds. So, I decided to build another lighter model for carrying and deer hunting. I decided to go with the Creedmoor. I will tell you the components used on both and what I like/dislike about both.

6.5/284: 700 Long action, McM A2, Brux Sendero, 26", 16 pound with optics, 140 Bergers, Lapua brass.
Shoots lights out, under .5 moa. Pinging the 1000 yard target at will, Lapua brass seems still available. 2950 fps. It's heavy and with my can is almost cumbersome in some situations (couldn't get swung around fast enough last year on a nice buck)

6.5 Creedmoor: 700 short action, McM A3 sporter, Brux #5 fluted 24", 12 pounds with optics, currently shooting factory 140 loads. About .7 moa(need to work up a load) I have all the brass to load just haven't yet. Brass seems available. 2670 fps.

Here's my take: both shoot really well. I think I can get the same accuracy out of the creedmoor with a little work. They are honestly just set up for different things, but you could reverse them and get the same results. I love both cartridges and you could go with either one and not be wrong.
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Unread 11-08-2013, 04:49 PM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore VS 6.5x284

You put sufficient barrel length behind a 6.5x284 and it'll leave the mighty mouse mid-range cartridges(6.5CM, 6.5x47L) way back in the dust. That doesn't make it a better cartridge at all, but it is not a close comparison.
Neither 'mice' were designed for hunting as primary purpose. They were designed for mid-range competition with 123-130gr bullets, and here they are excellent(more accurate than 6.5x284).
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Unread 11-08-2013, 06:14 PM
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Re: 6.5 Creedmore VS 6.5x284

Id go with a 6.5 Creedmoor but thats just me as Ive wanted one for a while in a GA Precision GAP-10. And like Mikecr said Id probably try to go for a good 130gr Berger load first to try to keep the velocity up some. And for what youre hunting, a 6.5 CM is more than enough power. You could have it in a nice light rifle that still wont recoil very much and could even go with a fairly short barrel without giving up too much MV considering the expansion ratio.

If youre looking for a bad to the bone 6.5 though, look no further than the 6.5 SS. Same length as a Creedmoor, 140s at mag length in a SA without taking up powder capacity, etc. That SS sure seems to have about the best amount of case capacity in 6.5 for a real good compromise between velocity vs powder burned.
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