Recently, the 6.5 Creedmoor style of short action rifle has been gaining a foot in the industry. The 6.5 Creedmoor comes with a case that is similar but not the same as that of the .308 Winchester. It features some skinnier and lighter bullets thus propels them faster as compared to the .308 win counterpart. As a result, it has gained popularity amongst the medium to long range shooters. It is, therefore, one of the best short action rifle types for shooting between 500 and 1000 yards.
In this review, we purpose to give details on the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win. Those who will find this discussion to be of great interest are the hunters, law enforcement agencies, the recreational shooters as well as the aspiring tactical workmen among others.
When making a comparison between the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win, you may not be able to know that they are not the same. This is because they are similar in appearance. Their casings are actually based upon the .30 TC casing. However, the 6.5 Creedmoor cases have been designed with better features. These include the 30 degrees sharper shoulder which when compared with the 308’s 30 degree shoulder results in better brass durability for the former. Feeding is however easier and more reliable for the 308 semi auto ammos.
The skinny 6.5 Creedmoor bullets produce exceptional performances, with the results almost matching that of the 300 Winchester Magnums. However, the recoil and cost of the former are much less than the same for the 300 Winchester Magnums. Since many people may not be well versed with the 6.5 Creedmoor, thus they aren’t able to understand the benefits and drawbacks of the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win, this article gives the summary of the same, so as to enable shooters to make informed decisions.
To begin with, as mentioned earlier, the 308 Winchester will produce some of the best performances within the 500 yard distance range. However, when you go beyond 500 up towards 1000 yards, the 6.5 Creedmoor is the short action rifle to beat. The 6.5 Creedmoor is so fast that even the light Sierra 155 grain Palma bullets can’t compete it when pushed over 2900fps.
Performance in Wind
The wind drift performance on the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win platforms is yet another important aspect worth putting in to consideration. It is interesting to learn that the 308 is more affected by wind drift than the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Taking an example of the common 175 grain Sierra HPBT, 100-inch room is needed for the effects 0f 10mph wind to be overcome at 1000 yards. The 140 grain AMAX on the other side needs a 66-inch correction when travelling to 1000 yards under the same 10mph wind drifts. The 123 grain Scenar on the other side, which is used by the 6.5 Creedmoor, needs about 76 inches of correction.
This shows that we are working with a minimum of 2 feet less drift under the same conditions. For starters, the 6.5 Creedmoor offers 25% better wind correction performance.
One thing that can pose a challenge to you as you go out to shop for a gun is the fact that the 6.5 Creedmoor aren’t yet as popular as their .308 counterparts. This is because the 308 win is available in almost all the Rifle brands. However, the 6.5 Creedmoor is just starting to gain popularity.
This doesn’t mean though that you can’t get it at all. The Ruger Precision Rifle for instance offers the 6.5 and 308 among other options for you to choose from. And since this rifle has been designed for long range precision, the 6.5 Creedmoor option is obviously the standout choice for the same.
Barrel Durability and Lifespan
A comparison between the lifespan of the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win shades more light to us. The two types of ammo have different lifespan in general, with the former having a shorter lifespan than the latter. This is because the 6.5 Creedmoor comes with a smaller bore, complemented with higher speeds. However, it is important to state that its durability is still much better than the likes of 26 Nosler thus it shouldn’t cause much concern.
On average, the 308 Winchester barrels will last between 5000 and 10000 rounds. On the other side, expect the 6.5 Creedmoor barrels to last you only about 2000 to 3000 rounds. This is such a general statement that has ended up misleading so many to think that their guns will knock off too fast. It takes quite some time to shoot 2000 rounds. For instance, for you to shoot 2000 rounds in two years, it means you are shooting about 20 rounds every week, which is quite impossible under normal circumstances. We are talking about firing ammo that will cost in excess of $2,600 to reach the life of the barrel. How many have even come close to half this per gun in their entire lives?
It will also not be very realistic to make a comparison between the 6.5 Creedmoor, which shoots 1 MOA and even better accuracies with the 308 Winch which no longer attains the 1 MOA accuracy mark. These are two players in two different leagues.
First of all, as mentioned earlier, the 6.5 Creedmoor has been designed for precision long range shooting, and it produces exactly that. On the other hand, the 308 Win brothers produce excellent results at shorter ranges within the 500-yard limit.
Shooting with the 6.5 Creedmoor is also very much interesting, thanks to the fact that it produces less recoil as compared with its brother. This can be credited to the lighter bullets its uses. It therefore implies that a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle produces considerably reduced recoil and much increased shooting comfort when compared to the 308 Winchester of the same weight. And by default, by virtue of being a short action rifle, the 6.5 Creedmoor easily unseats the 243 and 7mm-08 as the CXP2 cartridge of choice when it comes to low recoil performance.
The greatest difference between the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 win is the fact that whereas almost all the hunters, law enforcement officers and recreational shooters next to you will have the 308 Winchester hence you can easily borrow from them, the 6.5 Creedmoor won’t even be available at your local fishing place that sells ammo too. It is only available at the big box stores.
If you are looking for the 6.5 Creedmoor, consider contacting big companies like Hornady, or going to renowned gun selling sites such as Cabelas.com among others.
When you consider cheap ammo that you can use for recreational or practice shooting, the 308 option offers you cheaper options. However, when quality and hunting or self defense shooting is what you are looking for, then the prices of the two will almost be the same, with the 6.5 Creedmoor being just slightly cheaper by just a few dollars.
Budget and Pricing
Virtually almost all you will need to load or reload a 6.5 Creedmoor will be cheaper than it would be the case with the 308 Winchester. The caliber itself is slightly cheaper, especially when you are considering qualities that are corresponding with each other. Similarly, if you are an enthusiast in re-casing your bullets, the 6.5 bullets are cheaper to get. All in all, other than the difficulty in getting the 6.5 calibers, as far as ballistics and cost are concerned, it would be more prudent for you to go for them with the 308 counterpart only having but a handful advantages over it.
It is clear that the 6.5 Creedmoor has been designed for better ballistic performance as compared to the 308 Winchester. Technology has been advancing. By this, you can be able to at least ascertain or even suspect that there should be advancement on a product designed 50 years after another.
Whereas the 308 Win came into action in 1952, the 6.5 Creedmoor was designed just the other day in 2007. Its design was focused on better long range performance within the bolt action platform. If you are looking for a rifle that can’t go wrong in ballistics, then consider the 6.5 Creedmoor. However, if you are looking for an arm that can easily be loaded as its rounds can be found in virtually any gun store, I would rather you go for the 308 Win.