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Old 03-29-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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Ruger Precision Rifle - .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor ?

I have been reading that 6.5 Creedmoor is flatter between 500-1000 yards.

I have a few .308 rifles, so I have the ammo already.

Is 6.5 really better overall? Same price.

Anything better than RPR near the price?

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I'm not nearly a good enough rifle shot to bother with anything in the 500-1000-yard range. I hope you find what you're looking for, though.
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Not sure how I missed this.

Tbh, I don't have any practical experience behind a 6.5, though I do have some behind a .308. I can't offer you much in the way of a first-hand comparison.

That said, I can tell you that many of my friends who are long-range addicts are going to the 6.5 lately. Apparently it has similar ballistics to a 300WM, with substantially less recoil and at half the price. It won't have the same terminal effects I imagine, but if you're really wanting to reach out past 1000 meters, 6.5 is definitely an option.

6.5 seems to be the trending caliber lately, given what I've seen from my friends and associates. But that said, they all also have .308s, 300WMs, 30.06s, etc. I'm not sure what they would tell you if they only had to choose one.

But I suspect the lighter recoil, cheaper ammo, and great ballistics of the cartridge might put 6.5 on the top of their lists, at least for plinking long range.
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in the RTR the barrel is also 4" longer on the 6.5 which I do like.
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If you run the numbers on a factory Hornady 6.5CM 140gr A-MAX cartridge versus a common match .308 using 175gr SMK, the 6.5 has a G1 BC of .585, while the .308 has a G1 BC of .495. That's a massive difference. When you go to Litz data on ballistics, you have the Hornady 6.5CM 140gr A-MAX with a G7 BC of .299 and Hornady .308 178gr A-MAX with a G7 BC of .240. Point being, there's a pretty demonstrable difference between the ballistic co-efficient of 6.5 and .308 bullets. When you start running the numbers, the 6.5CM is a superior cartridge beyond 500yds. The benefit to the 6.5 bullets is that they are very long and thin bullets, which makes them very aerodynamic. The 6.5 loads are known to hit targets and ring steel plates out to 1300yds and ring the steel hard enough to register. Once you get past about 800yds, the .308 loads all begin to drop like a brick. The only .308 bullet that can perform at long distance is the 155gr Palma loads, which require very long barrels and extensive handload development.

I'd go with 6.5CM. You can find factory ammunition in most places, which is nice. 6.5 ammo is also based on the .308 casing, so if you save your .308 brass you can reform it to 6.5 with a sizing die and a case trimmer.

For the money, there really isn't anything better than the Ruger Precision rifle. I have been debating the Tikka CTR in .260Rem and putting it in a chassis, but I can't seem to move past the outstanding value of the RPR.
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