Skip to comments.6.5 creedmoor vs 243 Comparison
Posted on 08/20/2018 5:05:53 AM PDT by w1n1
Cartridge manufacturer, Hornady introduced the mission-specific 6.5mm, Creedmoor center-fire rifle cartridge in 2008. Since that time, the cartridge has become a hot commodity in the shooting range and the hunting arena.
The cartridge was originally designed for competitive shooting, before hunters took notice. The hunters were drawn to the cartridge because hunting specific loads did not exist and also due to its superbly accurate performance in shooting competitions.
The other factor is the affordable rates of rifles in the market.
There are some talks in the long range community of how the 6.5 Creedmoor perform against the .243.
From a ballistics view the 243 and 6.5 are almost identical out to 1100 meters. The 243 has an edge as far as bullet drop is concern. If you're a numbers guy, take a look at this:
.243 Nosler 105gr BC .571 Muzzle FPS 2846 Tansonic 1359 at 1100 yd total drop 383 inches.
6.5 Nosler 140gr BC .658 Muzzle FPS 2598 Transonic 1352 at 1100 yd total drop 429 inches.
Some precision shooters make claims to barrel life can be a difference. For example, the 6.5 barrel life is in the 2500-3000FPS range and the .243 is usually under 2000FPS.
Not much of a differences to see in terms of performances only in numbers. (not much differences)
They are both likable rounds that can be used for varmint to long range target shooting.
Either way, youre probably going to hit that deer from any range. Read the rest of this 6.5 Creedmoor vs 243 here.
I can see how that would be an attraction...
Now I did not know that barrel life is measured in feet per second.
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I am happy with my 243. Go to rounds are the Federal 100gr Hornady BT or Federal 100 gr sp. No need to buy another caliber, scope, and a pile of cartridges. If I feel I need a “reacher”, a 300 winny suits me fine.
I think all-in-all we can say that J Hines has never been behind a rifle, and that Am Shooting Journal has no editors, and does not eat their own cooking.
“The Creedmoor has a muzzle velocity of 140 grain, which measure incredibly well with the factory load of 2,710 fps.” ?? I think there were some editing issues with the article, I believe this should have read “muzzle velocity of 2,710 fps ...with factory load of 140 grain.” I am not by any means an expert but at 300 fps less at same distance I would expect a bigger drop from a 140 grain round run vice a 105 grain round launched at a higher muzzle velocity? Creed ammo has gotten a lot cheaper and compares well against .308 for a hunting round. Seems to me the 105 grain round is ok for varmints and tearing holes in paper. Depending on weapon of choice for deer I use either 150 grain 7MM Mag, 150 grain .308 or 180 grain 30-06. Most success has been with 180 grain 30-06 and the 7MM Mag. But that is not factoring in luck. I went with AR-10 .308 for my build because at the time Creed ammo was way more expensive than a a box of quality .308 hunting ammo. I am changing barrels and switching to Creed. I am not a long range hunter, just at my age that .308 kicks like a pissed off mule.
I have 130 year old guns that are tackdrivers, and will still be when I'm done with them. Most of us don't shoot nearly enough to worry much about barrel wear, but that doesn't stop bubba from hyper-analyzing his Walmart bolt gun's barrel every time he pops off a few rounds.
Rember John T. Amber, of the Gun Digest? He was a fan of the 6.5...
Good or bad, newspapers in the old days kept a tight ship. Editing is now dead.
My second oldest son was an editor in his school newspaper, and is meticulous about the language. However, career opportunities in the field are few, so he’s going to waste his life being a lawyer.
Why are they comparing a 6mm to a 6.5? How about 6.5 Creedmoor against .260 Rem?
Has this guy ever seen a firearm? Or was he just impaired while writing?
In addition to what is pointed out above, contemplate this sentence: “Not much of a differences to see in terms of performances only in numbers. (not much differences)”.
Or a 6.5 Swede?
“Why are they comparing a 6mm to a 6.5? How about 6.5 Creedmoor against .260 Rem?”
Preposterous isn’t it? No need for Creedmore...6.5 X 55 Swede has been around forever and is a terrific round. Just a sales gimmick.
I don't think there's another source quoted any more often on FR that's any more worthless.
Can’t import rifles from china but can import articles written there?
A huge part of any rifle’s accuracy lies in the mind of the trigger-puller.
If someone is convinced their .260 RhinoExpress SuperMagnum Jeroboam will outshoot a 6.5 Creedmoor, it probably will.
I grant we’ve seen vast improvements in metallurgy, engineering, and rifle powders over the past 40-50 years. But rifle accuracy still boils down to the one at the trigger.
Barrel life also is affected by rate of fire. This is why automatic weapons are used in burst mode. The usual shooter with a bolt action rifle isn’t going to put that much wear on it. The rate of fire is much too slow.
I just picked the 6.5mm cartridge with closest case length to the Creedmoor. The Swede is a great round too.
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