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Old 07-24-2012, 09:19 PM
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Which caliber to reload

I currently have 22-250 that I will be rechambering into a 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, or 6.5x47 lapua havn't decided. I don't need anyone telling me which one is better I know its preference. I am wanting to know which cartridge be the most practical and which would offer best performance putting all things into consideration on reloading one of these. Here is what I have come up with:

260 Rem-Longer than the other 2 so will need to to work the magazine feed or seat the bullets deeper into case which I don't like doing do to a number of reasons.

6.5 Creedmoor-best cartridge design to me anyway but have heard bad things about hornady brass ie: soft brass,primers loose in pocket, not very consistent and limited to only hornady. Yes I know I could use another cartirdge to form but thats just a pain in the a**.

6.5x47 lapua- best brass also most expensive, only lapua brass. Very limited reloading components and availability.

I leaning more towards the last two, can anyone confirm if hornady is still having trouble with their brass or was that just a bad batch? All you reloaders out there please give me your thoughts and which one you would pick to RELOAD(NOT SHOOT) and why considering all pros and cons of each.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:22 AM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

Based on your possible issues with the 260 and 6.5 creedmore, IMO you should go with the 6.5 x 47 Lapua. I found all necessary components in seconds using a search engine. Found Redding S bushing die, Competition seater and brass easily.

It will fit and feed from a SA.

Best brass. The only thing you can complain about is brass price. But there will be minimal brass prep, no need to turn necks just get what is called a no neck turn chamber reamer.

The links below were very easy to find. What component availability issues are you referrring to?

S bushing die:
Redding Type S-Neck Bushing Dies, Category III Cartridges - Brownells


comp seater die:
Redding Competition Seating Dies, Category III Cartridges - Brownells

Brass: Graf & Sons - LAPUA BRASS 6.5x47 LAPUA UNPRIMED 100/box
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:05 AM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

You are going to have to re-barrel your .22-250, re-chambering won't work because of the different bore sizes.
I would second the 6.5x47 for the reasons indicated in the above post.

Bob
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:13 PM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

yea sorry I meant re barrel, ok thanks guys
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:29 PM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

First off, I will say that you would be happy with any of the rounds you have listed, in my opinion.

A friend built a Creedmoor and is loving it. Hornady brass seems to be pretty good quality, from what little I have messed with it.

I think it will boil down to what bullet weight you want to shoot. 260 Remmy and the Creedmoor will handle the 140 gr bullets better, while the 6.5x47 seems better suited to the 130 gr class.

After all this, my next build is going to be a 6.5x47L.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:00 PM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

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I currently have 22-250 that I will be rechambering into a 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, or 6.5x47 lapua havn't decided. I don't need anyone telling me which one is better I know its preference. I am wanting to know which cartridge be the most practical and which would offer best performance putting all things into consideration on reloading one of these. Here is what I have come up with:

260 Rem-Longer than the other 2 so will need to to work the magazine feed or seat the bullets deeper into case which I don't like doing do to a number of reasons.

6.5 Creedmoor-best cartridge design to me anyway but have heard bad things about hornady brass ie: soft brass,primers loose in pocket, not very consistent and limited to only hornady. Yes I know I could use another cartirdge to form but thats just a pain in the a**.

6.5x47 lapua- best brass also most expensive, only lapua brass. Very limited reloading components and availability.

I leaning more towards the last two, can anyone confirm if hornady is still having trouble with their brass or was that just a bad batch? All you reloaders out there please give me your thoughts and which one you would pick to RELOAD(NOT SHOOT) and why considering all pros and cons of each.
any of those 3 would be the same work to reload, i would go 260 and have your barrel thoated for what ever bullet you like. the 6.5creedmore is just a 22-250 necked up and improved, just needs one extra step for formed cases.

flip a 3 sided coin and pick what fits your needs best. they all shoot the same bullets all have lapua brass and all are well know for shooting small groups
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:11 PM
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Re: Which caliber to reload

I believe you can also use 30 T/C cases to make 6.5 Creedmoor brass. Same basic case.
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