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6.5 creedmoor vs 243 Comparison
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/20/2018 | J Hines

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, you’re probably going to hit that deer from any range. Read the rest of this 6.5 Creedmoor vs 243 here.


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1 posted on 08/20/2018 5:05:53 AM PDT by w1n1
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To: w1n1
The hunters were drawn to the cartridge because hunting specific loads did not exist

I can see how that would be an attraction...

2 posted on 08/20/2018 5:11:48 AM PDT by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: w1n1
For example, the 6.5 barrel life is in the 2500-3000FPS range and the .243 is usually under 2000FPS.

Now I did not know that barrel life is measured in feet per second.
Learn something every day!

3 posted on 08/20/2018 5:14:01 AM PDT by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: grobdriver
---and---"The Creedmoor has a muzzle velocity of 140 grain, which measure incredibly well with the factory load of 2,710 fps.""

--the things we learn each day---

4 posted on 08/20/2018 5:24:41 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: w1n1

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.


5 posted on 08/20/2018 5:36:55 AM PDT by Mouton (The media is the enemy of the people.)
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To: rellimpank
:)

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.

6 posted on 08/20/2018 5:43:48 AM PDT by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: w1n1

“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.


7 posted on 08/20/2018 5:47:00 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO (No Caitiff Choir of Angles will sing for me)
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To: grobdriver
I find the current fixation on barrel life very interesting. Granted some of it is legitimate, with an uptick in long-range competitive shooting and whatnot, but I always chuckle when guys who go to the range once every month or so fret and preach about the barrel life of their hunting rifle after watching a documentary about snipers in Afghanistan.

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.

8 posted on 08/20/2018 5:50:34 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard ( Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: w1n1

Rember John T. Amber, of the Gun Digest? He was a fan of the 6.5...


9 posted on 08/20/2018 6:16:58 AM PDT by W. (Brap!)
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To: OldGoatCPO

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.


10 posted on 08/20/2018 6:27:02 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: w1n1

Why are they comparing a 6mm to a 6.5? How about 6.5 Creedmoor against .260 Rem?


11 posted on 08/20/2018 6:30:05 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: w1n1

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)”.


12 posted on 08/20/2018 7:03:09 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Rinnwald

Or a 6.5 Swede?


13 posted on 08/20/2018 7:12:01 AM PDT by matthew fuller (How many of today's voters have ever seen a half-dollar coin (or silver dollar)?)
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To: Rinnwald

“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.


14 posted on 08/20/2018 7:55:06 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: grobdriver
"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."

I don't think there's another source quoted any more often on FR that's any more worthless.

15 posted on 08/20/2018 8:00:16 AM PDT by Paal Gulli
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To: w1n1

Can’t import rifles from china but can import articles written there?


16 posted on 08/20/2018 8:11:09 AM PDT by old-ager
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To: w1n1

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.


17 posted on 08/20/2018 8:15:23 AM PDT by Sam_Damon
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

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.


18 posted on 08/20/2018 8:20:57 AM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: Bonemaker

I just picked the 6.5mm cartridge with closest case length to the Creedmoor. The Swede is a great round too.


19 posted on 08/20/2018 9:37:54 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: w1n1
The Creedmoor has a muzzle velocity of 140 grain, which measure incredibly well with the factory load of 2,710 fps.

I...uh...what?

20 posted on 08/20/2018 9:43:57 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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