6.5 Creedmoor or .260 Rem on a long action??

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  1. 2frogeyes

    2frogeyes Well-Known Member

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    Im looking to build 2 rifles. 1 deer hunting rifle and a lr rifle setup. I want to use the same caliber for both. I’m down to these 2. I was told a .260 is a sa won’t have enough room for the bigger bullets. I only reload
     
  2. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    A 260 will have more room inside the case for powder and bullets than a 6.5 Creedmoor.
     
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  3. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    I went this same route but did two 6.5x47’s. One on a Defiance that shoots 130 bergers at 2950 fps. Other one on a Remington SA shooting 130 Accubond at 2900 fps. Both great deer bullets. No problem loading the x47 in a short action. Not quite the case capacity as the creed or 260, but it gives good performance. 130 Berger load carries enough velocity and energy for deer out to 750 yds.
     
  4. wbm

    wbm Well-Known Member

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    Since you reload I would probably go with the 260.
     
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  5. Heavyiron

    Heavyiron Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I am partial to the 260. It has probably harvested about 30 deer, all 1 shot kills. The nosler ballistic tip has given me a lot of confidence in it
     
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  6. jmcmath

    jmcmath Well-Known Member

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    6.5-284 is calling your name
     
  7. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    If you go 260 i would do the improved version. I went 6.5 creed and have been very pleased. I use it as a bench gun not hunting so the creed kept the cost down. Has the 6.5-284 been ruled out? It seems to fit what you want perfect.
     
  8. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    Either cartridge would be fine. If you didn't mind having a wildcat in that long action you could have a reamer made that would allow you to seat the heavy bullet way out so that you could pick up that case capacity.
     
  9. Dgd6mm

    Dgd6mm Well-Known Member

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    Simple, long action = .260.
     
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  10. nmbarta

    nmbarta Well-Known Member

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    Of those two, .260 for sure, but if your building on a long action there's better options.
    Building a 260 or a 6.5 cm on a long action won't gain you much over a short action.

    Jmcmath mentioned the 6.5x284 which can be shot on a long or short action, but has a lot more to offer in a la.
     
  11. predator 22

    predator 22 Well-Known Member

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    Do something different like a 6.5x55 Ackley improved. Some of the cheapest brass Lapua sells and I bet it would at least equal the 6.5x284 if not best it. Plenty of room left in a long action to seat the bullets out as well.
     
  12. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    .260 AI on a long action would be a stellar setup. OR a 6.5x284 Norma on a LA, or take full-advantage of the long action and get the most out of your rifle with a 6.5 Sherman.
     
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  13. Hondo64d

    Hondo64d Well-Known Member

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    On a short action, I would, and have done 6.5x47 and 6.5 Creedmoor. They both work fine in a short action. On a short action hunting rig, I have done a .260 with a Wyatt extended mag box. That worked fine.

    Of the two you mentioned in a long action, I would go with .260. My own choice in a long action would likely be a 6.5/06.

    John
     
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  14. Dgd6mm

    Dgd6mm Well-Known Member

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    I went with the title to the thread. If I was choosing another cartridge other than the two mentioned in the title, 6.5x55. Because of the action, brass availability, performance.
     
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