6.5x47 lapua barrel life?

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  1. diderr

    diderr Well-Known Member

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    what is the expected accurate barrel life w/ a 6.5x47 lapua w/ zero hot loads? better or worse than a 260?
    thanks,
     
  2. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    I have heard a couple of arguments regarding this, but do not know the answer. But I do know that performance usually comes with a price. Both have relatively long necks but the .260 has a tad more performance so I would say the 6.5x47 has a slight longevity advantage. I would guess that the 6.5x47 lapua will go a miminmum of 3k rounds the way I load it. I would bet that most will get more than I will get. 123s at velocities too fast to post lest the pressure police come in the dead of the night have a way of eroding a barrel:)

    I think when you figure in time prepping .260 brass that the 6.5x47 looks even better. I have 12 loadings on my 6.5x47 brass and it still feels new when I seat the primers and bullets. For some reason the necks stay more consistant with the 6.5 version of the lapua case. In the 6mm version neck tension starts going downhill around 8 loadings and I do not anneal.
     

  3. diderr

    diderr Well-Known Member

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    thanks, that explains it well. I'm going to buy a SA remmy 700 action w/ my stimulus check to begin the project lol.
     
  4. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Haven't been able to compair heads up the 6.5x47 Lapua to the 260 , I have a couiple 260's and use 308 Lapua brass to make my cases ,if you wanting to shoot the 140 class bullets real fast out of a short action then I'd suggest the 260 or the 260 Ackley as the added capacity with a 28+" barrel will do that but if your not worried about an extra 100-150fps then the 6.5x47 Lapua would be my choice.
    1) its a good big shorter and that will allow you to feed from a mag much easier without alot of trouble and the need for an extended mag box
    2) Less powder will not wear the bore as fast so it should get a decient amount longer barrel life
    3) Lapua brass ready to shoot right out of the box

    BUT

    the Lapua brass for the 6.5x47Lapua is almost twice the cost of 308 Lapua for the 260 and if you even "need" that extra FPS the 260 will be more likely to give it to you

    But with the new Berger 130gr bullets I'd certainly build a 6.5x47 Lapua without hesitation
     
  5. flims

    flims Active Member

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    with a 30" barrel can one expect 2850ft/s with the 139grain scenar out of the 6.5x47lapua or would that be running it hot? what about the 130grain, how fast can it be driven from a 30" barrel?
     
  6. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Guys Im running 130 JLKs at 3040 fps in my 6.5x47 comp rifle. It has a 29" Lawton 8 twist. OAL is 2.815 in AI 10 round mags. Feeds perfect. I will not put load on here..if you want I will PM it to you. Sorry, its a touch warm but runs great in my rifle. It literally shoots through the exact same hole at 100 and has shot several sub 5" groups at 1000 in dead calm conditions. Witnessed, not just me talking up the rifle

    Chase

    PS- ordered a can for this rifle yesterday, I will be interested on how this does in terms of accuracy...
     
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    I am running 3011 with the 130 vld's (6.5x47) out of a 27.5 brux using 43 grains 4350 with a 205 with no obvious pressure issues. It shoot's bugholes, most of the time is shoots in the low 2's and if I mess up it shoots in the mid 3's. This is from a hunting weight (9lb 4oz) rifle with a 4.5x14 scope on it.
     
  8. 6BR4ME2

    6BR4ME2 Well-Known Member

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    have a friend that has 3400 plus rounds down his comp rig and it still shoots however he is going to rebarrel anyway

    this is with no set back either !!!

    this is all with RL15 and 123 scenar combo
     
  9. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I really dont think you'll see much difference at all....giving the 6.5 x 47 the nod towards slightly longer barrel life. Neither seems to be of the "barrel eating" variety....like a 6.5-284 is.
     
  10. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    The 6.5x47 Lapua will get about 1000 rounds better barrel life than the 260. So I would say that is very significant!!!
     
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    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    In direct opposition of what 3 different barrel makers / gunsmiths told me.! Some of you guys act like a 260 burns them out at 950 runds and the 6 x 47 goes a country mile. Taint so!
     
  12. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Whats all this prepping?? My 260 brass came right from Lapua...and my loaded ammo sure didnt need any "prepping" at all????
     
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  14. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    Sully, i am thinking more like the .260 going 2000 rounds and the 6.5x47 going 3000 rounds.

    or those numbers could also be 2500 and 3500. Which is about spot on! Are there exceptions? well of course but this is a good average to go by.