Which caliber to reload

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by shooter2904, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. shooter2904

    shooter2904 Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    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.
  2. AZShooter

    AZShooter Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    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

  3. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    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.

  4. shooter2904

    shooter2904 Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    yea sorry I meant re barrel, ok thanks guys
  5. redgun

    redgun Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    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.:)
  6. Sask_Hunter

    Sask_Hunter Active Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    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
  7. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    I believe you can also use 30 T/C cases to make 6.5 Creedmoor brass. Same basic case.
  8. 7 loader

    7 loader Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    I think, but isn't the creedmoor brass not fashioned of the 22-250.