6x47 Lapua vs 6mm Creedmoor

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Not sure which one to go with. Wanting to shoot the 108gr ELD. Will be used for long range hunting (medium sized game) as well as some matches. Gonna build it on a trued Rem 700 action. I reload only so the availability of factory ammo doesn’t matter to me. Both has good brass to choose from. I’d us the SRP brass if I went 6 Creedmoor. They seem quite equal as far as ballistics so I’m stuck on which to go with. Which would you go with and why?
 

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I am building a 6CM as we speak. I was torn between the 6x47L, 6XC and 6CM. I wanted a bit more speed potential, to push a 105-115 hopefully in the 3050-3100+ range for long range varmints and medium range deer/antelope. I don't think any are more than 100fps difference. So brass availability drops the 6XC, leaving 6x47L & 6CM.

6CM w. 110 SMK vs 6.5SLR w. 140 HVLD


 

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I've found 6XC brass easy to come by.

But my BIL uses a 6x47 with 105 VLDs as well as the gent who owns the shop who builds his rifles. They've taken black bears, blue wildebeest, elk, countless deer, etc. Longest kill was on an elk at around 900 yards.
 

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Take a look at Alpha's testing comparing small vs large rifle primers.
 

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6x47 is a very efficient cartridge. I have had both and I reload only also. In the load work I did the 6x47 seem to edge out the creed. Both are fantastic and with the new lapua 6.5 creed brass you now get that small primer for the 6 creed. Either one will serve you well and both are about the same amount of work to convert brass. Best of luck.
 

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Not sure which one to go with. Wanting to shoot the 108gr ELD. Will be used for long range hunting (medium sized game) as well as some matches. Gonna build it on a trued Rem 700 action. I reload only so the availability of factory ammo doesn’t matter to me. Both has good brass to choose from. I’d us the SRP brass if I went 6 Creedmoor. They seem quite equal as far as ballistics so I’m stuck on which to go with. Which would you go with and why?
Lapua brass is unbeatable and they developed the 6.5x47 so you know they'll always make brass for it. Between the two that's what I'd probably go with.
 

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That was my first thought as well but as popular as the 6.5CM is I don’t see the 6.5CM Lapua brass going anywhere either.
I wouldn't count on that being the case. We go through a lot of fads as shooters and already the comp guys are moving pretty rapidly from the 6.5's to 6mm's and someone will capitalize on that soon with a shorter, fatter case.
 

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Lots of PRS guys favor the 6x47. I have a 6.5x47 that I like a lot. In addition to being pretty accurate (but it doesn't shoot 2's all day long), feeding and extraction have been great and this from a budget donor rifle for the action. I'm fairly confident that if they called it the 6.5 Barbarian instead a line of metric numbers, everybody would have one or build a variant from one. Some case shapes just seem to give less problems with all the same smiles. I'm sort'a getting away from the "speed trumps everything" mind set. I'm sure the Creed is good too.
 

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Having lived through high volume shooting of both the 6.5CM and the 6.5x47 Lapua, I would easily choose the 6.5x47 for competition(PRS). The Lapua case design/brass makes reloading consistent, high precision loads a mindless exercise. A box of 100pc Lapua Brass will last the life of the barrel. For hunting/general shooting, the 6.5CM may be a better choice, offering a bit more capacity for beefed up hunting loads, and versatility of brass and factory ammo offerings. IMO.
 

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One thing not being mentioned is that today not 20 years ago we have 3 domestic sources of brass that perform at least as well as Lapua brass. All have both options of large or small primer. Alpha, ADG and Peterson. I've use the peterson side by side with Lapua in the 6.5 creedmoor. With winter and large primers running Rl 26 Lapua never got close to what Peterson did in sd speed or group size. This was in 0-23 degree weather. Running H4350 would be different except in the cold.
With the 6mm creed you can run H1000 or Rl26 for better barrel life/more speed. Since hunting is a foremost use. Cold weather can be expected.
If your hunting weather is always above 35 not an issue. All of my coyote hunting is below that and more than half of my deer hunting is as well.
 

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