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10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor
      #371453 - 15/11/22 03:45 AM

10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor

If you love the idea of .26-inch bullet diameter but hate the 6.5 Creedmoor, here are 10 cartridges of the same, well, caliber

By Richard Mann | Updated Oct 29, 2021 2:02 PM

https://www.fieldandstream.com/outdoor-gear/best-6-5-cartridges/

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: NitroX]
      #371466 - 15/11/22 08:17 AM

Good summation.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: DarylS]
      #371467 - 15/11/22 09:45 AM

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Good summation.



But far from complete imho. Some other important 6.5mm hunting cartridges:
6.5x53R Mannlicher: Saw much use both in the Scottish Highlands and in Africa. The first small bore widely used for hunting.
The developed famous 6.5x54 Mannlicher – Schoenauer was used worldwide by famous big game hunters. It can be loaded to equal the Creedmare.
The 6.5x57 and the 6.5x57R are very popular in central Europe. Only recently replaced in part by the 6.4x55 SE.
The 6.5x68 does the same as all the 6.5mm “Magnum” cartridges mentioned though it predates them by decades.


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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: kuduae]
      #371475 - 15/11/22 01:06 PM

I agree, he sure left out some dandies that precede most mentioned.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: kuduae]
      #371481 - 15/11/22 06:31 PM

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Quote:

Good summation.



But far from complete imho. Some other important 6.5mm hunting cartridges:
6.5x53R Mannlicher: Saw much use both in the Scottish Highlands and in Africa. The first small bore widely used for hunting.
The developed famous 6.5x54 Mannlicher – Schoenauer was used worldwide by famous big game hunters. It can be loaded to equal the Creedmare.
The 6.5x57 and the 6.5x57R are very popular in central Europe. Only recently replaced in part by the 6.4x55 SE.
The 6.5x68 does the same as all the 6.5mm “Magnum” cartridges mentioned though it predates them by decades.




100% misses. Missed the real ones except for the 6.5x55. Alright some mentioned are mentionable. But many were flaccid marketing attempts that never rose. Hot air never succeeded. The European successful cartridges already existed.

It's another flaccid Dick Mann article!

I have a 6.5x55, a 6.5x53R, 6.5x54 M-S, and a 6.5x65 RWS. I do need a 6.5x68!

They do need to be used more. I always preferred a 6.5mm to the .243/6mm for Australian hunting.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: NitroX]
      #371504 - 16/11/22 04:02 AM

The only trouble with the 6.5x68 was the 12" rifling twist in normal factory rifles chambered in that round in years gone buy - unless that has changed in the last few years.

I re-chambered a M96 to 6.5x68. I kept my loads on the low side, with 129's running 3,000fps, not the 3,300fps my buddy was 'getting" in his re-barreled and chambered m1917 Enfield.

The only thing I shot with it, was 2 snowshoe hares - 1 shot. They were 210 and 220yards from me, one directly behind the other, on the Bowran (logging) Road. Pow - 2 bunnies down.

The un-chamber a loaded round, I had to partially pull the bolt.
Gunsmith by the name of Arch chambered up a 6.5x55 to .264 Win, Mag once. Noted in Ackley's #2 book, so I did a similar thing.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: DarylS]
      #371585 - 19/11/22 04:20 AM

I would add the 256 Newton to the list.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: 85lc]
      #371586 - 19/11/22 05:39 AM

Ahh yes, the .256 Newton a very slightly shortened 6.5/06.

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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: DarylS]
      #371633 - 20/11/22 08:56 AM

Surprised no one mentioned the 6.5x65R by RWS ? It’s a wonderful “6.5”
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Re: 10 Great 6.5mm Hunting Cartridges That Are Not the Creedmoor [Re: bwanabobftw]
      #371637 - 20/11/22 01:00 PM

Yes, it would be, just as the 6.5/06 is a decent round.

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