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Thread: 6.5x47 vs 6.5x55

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    6.5x47 vs 6.5x55

    I was reading a few posts recently about the 6.5x47 lapua and it seems to be a very interesting round and ticks a lot of the boxes as an all rounder.
    If we take the need for a short action and economical powder requirements as a given bonus, is it still that much better than the 6.5x55.

    Would it be similar too comparing say a 243win with a 6br or 6ppc? (no offence to 243 owners intended).

    The likes of this caliber would really appeal to me when fitted out as a light-middle weight sporter, with bipod and Moderator,coming in around the 10lb,that's fox and deer (all species) capable and that's not going to knock you about with too much recoil.

    Not 100% about this, but alot of the 6.5x55's are 1 in 8 or 8.5 this allows them to handle the heavier stuff, if you had a 6.5.x55 in say 1 in 10 would that be closer to the 6.5x47?
    Last edited by huntsman; 30-06-2014 at 10:10.

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    As I understand it, the 6.5x47 was developed from new for match bullets, so has less freebore than you'd get in a standard 6.5x55. Most new factory rifles are available in 6.5x55, with 6.5x47 only available through the custom makers, so your choice of rifle will largely define which one you can choose.

    We're spoilt for choice really, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5x47, 6.5x55, 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmore, 6.5-284, you could make a good case for any of them.

    Last edited by M275; 30-06-2014 at 15:04.

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    I would say the only thing to think about is whether you hand load or not. If not then you will get more choice of factory 6.5x55. Ive got a 6.5-284 its got a 1 in 8.5 and handles anything from 120-140. I prefer 140

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    This is just one view of what calibres are currently popular - Best Long-Range Caliber Cartridge: What The Pros Use | PrecisionRifleBlog.com however 6.5 x 55 doesn't feature.

    In terms of your original question, the comparison I see debated much more is 6.5 x 47 Lap v 6.5 Creedmoor v 260 Rem.

    Regards

    JCS

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    That's a bit of a surprise, how well the 6mm's performed vs the 6.5's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman View Post
    That's a bit of a surprise, how well the 6mm's performed vs the 6.5's.
    At least for hunting paper
    I just sold my 223 T3 and plan to replace it with a fast twist 243 T3. Should be enough for our small deer and perfect forlong range vermin.
    edi

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    This is just one view of what calibres are currently popular - Best Long-Range Caliber Cartridge: What The Pros Use | PrecisionRifleBlog.com however 6.5 x 55 doesn't feature.

    In terms of your original question, the comparison I see debated much more is 6.5 x 47 Lap v 6.5 Creedmoor v 260 Rem.

    Regards

    JCS
    The 6.5x55 however, is very popular in Scandinavia for both target shooting, long range and hunting.

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    6.5x47L is the current choice of the discerning, precision rifle enthusiast, and perfect for all uk deer with a 120/123 grain bullet. it is not a perfect fox rifle, it can be used, but there are much better options.(which reminds me i must phone Gregor!)

    6.5x55 is for old farts that like shooting deer in the ribs from close range. a lot of people use the over heavy and unecessary 140gn bullets in it which is why we refer to it as "the pitching wedge".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad Gary View Post
    6.5x47L is the current choice of the discerning, precision rifle enthusiast, and perfect for all uk deer with a 120/123 grain bullet. it is not a perfect fox rifle, it can be used, but there are much better options.(which reminds me i must phone Gregor!)

    6.5x55 is for old farts that like shooting deer in the ribs from close range. a lot of people use the over heavy and unecessary 140gn bullets in it which is why we refer to it as "the pitching wedge".
    Actually the 156 or 160 grain is good in the 6.5 Swedish just like the 215 grain bullet is good in the 303.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad Gary View Post
    ......6.5x55 is for old farts that like shooting deer in the ribs from close range. a lot of people use the over heavy and unecessary 140gn bullets in it which is why we refer to it as "the pitching wedge".
    Whilst I am not sure that I agree, that did make me laugh.

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