Any 6.5 Creedmoor fans here?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by libertyman777, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. libertyman777

    libertyman777 Well-Known Member

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    I've got a build coming. Hopefully will be here in a month. A buddy is putting it together for me. It's a Rem 700 with a Bartlein take off barrel (I don't know the twist) but I think it's 1 in 8. I think it was originally a 6.5x.284 at 26". He rechambered it for 6.5 Creedmoor and I believe it finished at 21".

    Anyway, what would be some load recommendations? I plan to punch paper, get additional LR training, shoot an F-Class match and hunt with the rifle. I hear good things about the Berger bullets. All input is welcome.

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
  2. cwinner

    cwinner Well-Known Member

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    Im in the process for a 6.5 build as well, I hope to have it shortly after the first of the year.......you might find some load info on this forum, not a lot of traffic but its a start.The 6.5 Creedmoor Forum - Portal

    I know several buddies with them and they are very accurate with mild recoil, I'm not sure about the 21" tube as most I have seen were 26-28" but it should give you a feel for the round. It's been said that the Creedmoor is the 260 done right as far a case design.:)
     

  3. submoa

    submoa Well-Known Member

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    Great round I have a savage 11 long range hunter in the creed and its great mine likes the 130s over the 140s but its shot every thing I have feed it under moa ;-)
     
  4. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    I am a 6.5 fan, just not a Creedmoor owner. Anyway, you might find it worthwhile to check out Hornady's factory ammo for a place to start. Factory match ammo can be had loaded with 140 AMAX bullets. Hunting ammo can be had with 129 SST's. I say try 'em and see what you and your rifle like.

    Where handloads are concerned, I would start with the aforementioned bullets plus the 123 AMAX. Not sure what the preferred powder would be, but I would think that H4350 or RL17 would be a good place to start.

    FWIW, I tried Hornady's 140 SST Superformance load in my 6.5 Swede alongside my handloads using Berger VLD's and the Hornady factory stuff shot pretty well. Not as good as my handloads, but darn close.
     
  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    H4350 for the 140 and 130's. RL15, Varget for the 120-123 grain bullets. The 140's guys are starting around 38.0 and working up to about 42.0, but 42 is really a hot load. Looks the sweet spot is between 40-40.5 and 41-41.5 grains of the H4350.
     
  6. kilmer

    kilmer Active Member

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    This.

    I'm at 43.0 of H4350 with 140 gr. Berger VLD Hunting with no signs of pressure. I'm getting 2850 fps with a 24" bbl.

    It's an easy caliber to develop loads for, brass life is good, and it seems to perform out of proportion to it's case size.
     
  7. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    That's good to know. I was going by what I was reading on the 65creedmoor forum. Thanks for the info.
     
  8. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I loved my first Creedmoor so much that I'm having Grit build me my first custom in a Creedmoor. My load was 41.5 grains of H4350 behind a 140 A Max or 140 Berger and both shot great.

    I ran into a guy at the range that doesn't care about brass life (or safety in my opinion) and he was pushing the 142 Match King at 3100 through his Creedmoor and getting 2 or loads per brass. I still think his 3100 fps number was a little far fetched but his recoil seemed to be substantial.
     
  9. shooter7

    shooter7 Well-Known Member

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    For what it's worth, bergers shoot exceptionally well out of my 6.5 284. It's an honest .5 MOA rifle with 'em. They out shoot the Amax hands down. Best advice, experiment with everything you can get your hands on. The Amax is king in my .308. Find what works in your particular rifle. just my 2 cents
     
  10. lessdrop

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    Lost my post, so starting over( in case a double shows up)
    Just rcieved a savage long range hunter in 6.5 cm and love it. Only brass avail was fac. Loaded hornady 120 a-max and it shot easy sub moa. Only bullets at fisrt wedd nos cust comps in 140.(not complaining, just wanted to start lighter) To my suprise, my first 3 shot group with reloads measured .125", and yes I used my glasses. Noslers over 43.5g varget. Also this was shots #10, 11, and 12 right out of the box. After shooting that group I promptly went home so I couldn't screw it up.
    Since then I found berger 120g bt target and 130g vld target, alo nm g with some hornady 123g a-max. Hpoe to get back soon and I hope this beginers luck continues. Really pleased with savage and hornady for the great stuff. Also nosler.
    Good luck with your new build and hope you have as good a time as I have. Spring in wi. has been very snowy and cold, but the f-class shoots in eau claire should start soon. Vld's will be tossed down range like a high tech snowball fight.
    Thanks for letting me vent
    Bla, bla, bla
    Lessdrop
    Whoa, hold up! I meant to say 35.5 grains varget. Dagn dislexsai
     
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  11. cwinner

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    I realized I last posted back in October and have happily been shooting my 6.5 CM for three months, I have 550 rounds down the tube and I'm loving every minute of it!! I have a great load of 42.5 gr H4340 with federal 210M primers loaded to an OAL of 2.810" and shooting bug holes with the 140A-max.

    I recently took two ibex on a population reduction hunt here last month and the 6.5 did the job:)


    Here are some pics....

    6.5 Creedmoor:
    https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#ADJtdOXmGsyoav
     
  12. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I just got my Creedmoor back from the smith. I forgot how much I love pulling the trigger on such a light recoiling round that still shoots well at long range.

    Most of my trigger time with the new gun has just been informal plinking, but last Saturday I broke away to test some loads. This was my last 5 shot group at 100 yards with 41.0 grains of H4350 and a 140 grain A Max.

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  13. cwinner

    cwinner Well-Known Member

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    That's a great group and everyone I know with a 6.5 CM has one similar to their credit. This is quickly becoming my favorite cartridge, another thing I really like is due to the high BC bullets, my windage holds match very closely with my larger 30 Cal's throwing 210&230gr bullets.......almost like having one gun, I can shoot the 6.5CM with the same windage dope as my 30-378 for half the cost to practice.....I'm actually having another 6.5 built that will be my 9 yr olds first hunting rifle.