FACTORY loads for the 6.5 Creedmoor

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Buzzsaw, Sep 15, 2018 at 1:11 PM.

  1. Buzzsaw

    Buzzsaw Well-Known Member

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    Have a new one due next week. Which factory load is best for deer sized game?
     
  2. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    I was shooting the Hornady Superformance 129 SST ammo a couple months ago while playing with a new rifle. I was getting some 3/4 to 1 MOA groups with it at 640 yards. I was surprised with it. I had checked and corrected runout with though with the Hornady concentricity gauge. I don't remember the runout being that bad though.

    As always probably depends on what your barrel likes, but I think the 129 SST would work well on deer.
     
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  3. Buzzsaw

    Buzzsaw Well-Known Member

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    Thanks barrel nut, what twist is your rifle?
     
  4. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    8 twist
     
  5. Buzzsaw

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    perfect thanks
     
  6. Schnyd112

    Schnyd112 Well-Known Member

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    Shot this out to 600 yards with results similar to barrelnut. Nothing super impressive but easy 3/4” at 100 and reliable hits on moa plates out to 600.

    I forgot ammo and wanted to shoot while on vacation so bought this. No chrono, no measurements, just checked 100 yards with 3 shots then the rest were at steel. 2700 FPS is what I ran for ballistic calcs.
     

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  7. jmcmath

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    My first try in my ruger predator was hornady precision hunter. It was also my last because it shot so dang well.
     
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  8. cheechin

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    I found the Hornady AMAX 140 was hard to beat. I had to work a bit on handloads to get better groups that it would produce...5 shot under .75moa and several 3 shots under .5moa. The Prime 130gr were not far off from the Hornady. All of this was at 100yds.
     
  9. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Sako started making 6.5 cm ammo. It’s quality stuff
     
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  10. stx

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    Shot NRA Whittington PRL 1 course out to 1300 yds with Hornady 140 gr. ELD Match ammo. Exceptional accuracy with -.25 MOA groups at 100yds. I can’t beat these with my best handloads in my custom 6.5 Creedmoor! Should work well on whitetail.


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  11. Peddler 76

    Peddler 76 Well-Known Member

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    My wife’s Savage Lady Hunter Creedmoor likes 129 SST’s my LAW Professional likes 143 ELDx.
     
  12. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

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    The 143 Precision Hunters have worked very well for me.
     
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  13. Hondo64d

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    I don’t know how the Hornady 140gr BTHPs are on game but 6 consecutive five-shot groups have averaged .481” from my Beanland Creedmoor. We’re it not for two fliers, they would have averaged .384”. Not sure I’m going to be able to tune a handload to do any better than that.

    John
     
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  14. Weatherby Fan

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    The Hornady Precision Hunter 143gr ELD-X shoot .25" groups in my custom 6.5 Creedmoor, perfect for deer hunting.
     
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