6.5 Creedmoor vs. 6.5×47

Load Development and Accuracy
The rifle more than lived up to expectations when we took it to the range. After a couple of zeroing shots at 100 yards, Rob kindly allowed me to shoot the first group. My first shot hit the tiny red spot (see photo) that Rob was using as an aim-point. Shot two touched the first and the third shot made a nice clover-leaf which, as you can see from the photograph, measured about three-tenths of an inch. Rob took over and not to be out-done, fired a five-shot group under one-half an inch. Off the bipod, with no load development, I thought that this was an excellent result and accuracy may improve once we have played with the load and run-in the barrel.

Our loads were based on work done by Darrell Jones for his 6.5×47 bench rifle (see Gun of the Week 72). Darrell tested many powders and bullets, and he worked up some good loads using Vihtavuori N550. We used this double-base powder, moly-coated Lapua 123gr bullets, and Federal primers. I’ve already built my own 6.5×47 and I must thank Darrell for sharing his very thorough load development. With a brand-new cartridge such as the 6.5×47, the “official” load data is very limited. Being able to follow Darrell’s recommendations saved us a whole lot of time and money. Availability of American powders varies in the UK and the supply of Vihtavuori is much more reliable (and cheaper!). This influenced my decision to go with the N550.

2 responses

28 04 2008
bergman

can You test som of 6,5 ammo. 6,5 creedmoor,6,5×47,260 reminton and 6,5 grendel.
maybe this is on of the new caliber for military and police?topp bc.
r: bergman

21 09 2009
NICK G

have already tested the 260 rem with excelent results . wILL BE TESTING THE CREEDMOORE SHORTLY .WAITING FOR MY BARRELED MAUSER ACTION TO COME BACK FROM DOUGLAS NUMBER 2 CONTOUR ,1X8.5 TWIST 23.5 INCHES STAINLESS . THIS DESIGNED FOR SOME TARGET AND HUNTING FROM VARMITS TO DEER

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