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Old 11-09-2019, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default Barrel length on 6.5 Creedmoor

Thinking about getting a 6.5 Creedmoor. Really wanting heavy and threaded barrel. Seen some with 16.5 inch barrel to a 22 inch barrel. Will I be giving up a lot of performance with going to a shorter length barrel?
Just going to be a general hunting rifle, but would like to be able to take 500-600 yard targets.
Pro and cons please.
Not set on brand of gun, but do not have a open bank account to spend either.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:43 AM   #2
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I cut mine from 24" to 22". And then down to 18".

It's super handy at 18" but only shooting 2400 fps using 143 gr Hornady eld-x.

I kinda wish I had left it at 22", but I'm not sure how fast it was at that length

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:59 AM   #3
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I’m thinking about building a AR10 6.5CM if I do it’ll be at 20in no less. I’ve read that the 308 is the only SA caliber that does fine on shorter barrels.
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:00 PM   #4
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Mine has a 28” barrel but since I don’t have a chronograph I can’t tell you the real benefit.
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Old 11-09-2019, 03:04 PM   #5
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I cut a Ruger American down to 18" and run a Sandman Ti. Gun still shoots .5 moa and around 2500 fps with the 143 eldx (handloads)
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Old 11-09-2019, 04:17 PM   #6
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Worth a read: https://rifleshooter.com/2016/02/6-5...p-a-creedmoor/
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:34 PM   #7
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I read it. If I understood it correctly, I would lose maybe 230-240fps. If I stayed with a 16-18 inch barrel, I should be good to go on a 400-500 yard gun. I do want to go suppressed eventually.

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Old 11-10-2019, 09:18 AM   #8
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This one is updated for 2019: https://rifleshooter.com/2019/03/6-5...velocity-2019/
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:51 AM   #9
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Mine is 20”. Love it! Personally wouldn’t go any shorter. Probably could go to 22” if anything.

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Old 11-10-2019, 12:12 PM   #10
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Mine is 20”. Love it! Personally wouldn’t go any shorter. Probably could go to 22” if anything.

That looks nice!
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:50 PM   #11
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Bergara Ridge SP has a factory 18” barrel on it. They also have the standard ridge is 22” barrel. Both guaranteed to be sub MOA.

They are both threaded and come in 6.5cm or 308


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Old 11-10-2019, 05:41 PM   #12
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My 6.5cm has a 22" barrel and I'm shooting 120gr Barnes tsx handloads just over 3000 fps

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Old 11-10-2019, 05:46 PM   #13
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Buddy has a Bergara HMR with 22” barrel. Comes threaded already and extremely accurate.
Not sure on fsp but I think 22” is going to work best with the creedmoor.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:55 PM   #14
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Buddy has a Bergara HMR with 22” barrel. Comes threaded already and extremely accurate.
Not sure on fsp but I think 22” is going to work best with the creedmoor.

My HMR with 22” barrel is at 2780fps with hornady black 140gr.




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Old 11-10-2019, 10:11 PM   #15
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16.25 on mine but if you don’t run suppressed, it will be loud. Currently running 140gr Gamekings that kills everything I shoot at.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:48 PM   #16
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My 6.5cm has a 22" barrel and I'm shooting 120gr Barnes tsx handloads just over 3000 fps

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That is sexy
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:22 PM   #17
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I'll be selling my HMR very shortly.
22" barrel and great gun for both hunting and the range.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:01 PM   #18
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My HMR with 22” barrel is at 2780fps with hornady black 140gr.

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What scope is that?
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:03 PM   #19
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My Tikka/Criterion/KRG is 22”. It wears a different scope now but it could probably be a 1 hole shooter if I had a scope better than my VX-R 4-12 on it. (That’s why I’m in the market for a LR scope)





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Old 11-11-2019, 08:25 PM   #20
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I run both of my 6.5CM's suppressed, the 20" bbl RAR compact shoots 140 Hornady Black at 2550fps, handloaded 143 ELDx's at 2525fps. The 22" bbl Savage I just chrono'd over the weekend running factory Hornady Precision Hunter 143 ELDx at 2640fps. I'll create a handload for it over the winter. With the suppressor, the 22" Savage is about all the length I'd want to deal with in a box blind, and the Ruger is just "OK". I kind of wish I would have gone with the Bergara I was considering with the 18" bbl, but was concerned about bolt shroud issues I learned of with it. Looking at my ballistics app, the 2640fps factory ELDx out of the 22" bbl drops below 1000 ft/lbs of energy after 650yards, so be mindful that shorter barrels/lower velocity will reduce that figure more.

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Old 11-12-2019, 02:34 PM   #21
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I try to get rifles as short as possible since I only shoot suppressed. Thus, I would love a 16", but both my 6.5CM are 18" and they have plenty of velocity to kill everything I've shot at. Granted the furthest shot at a whitetail was 327yds and he was DRT with a clean pass thru quartered away. Anyway, I'm very happy with 18".
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:44 PM   #22
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I have a 20” Christensen Ridgeline that pushes 135 Berger classic hunters at 2825 suppressed. It will be up for sale soon...


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Old 11-12-2019, 02:58 PM   #23
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Default Barrel length on 6.5 Creedmoor

Ive got a 16.5” manbun to run with a suppressor.
I can’t give a speed but the few things I’ve pointed it at died- somewhat quietly.


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Old 11-12-2019, 09:49 PM   #24
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If I was going shorter barrel I would drop down to 130ish bullet to pick up some velocity
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:15 AM   #25
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If I was going shorter barrel I would drop down to 130ish bullet to pick up some velocity


I’ve been using the Hornady American Whitewall 129gr interlocks with mine, so far so good.


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Old 11-13-2019, 08:24 AM   #26
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Thanks for everyone’s input. Might be a year or so b4 getting suppressor paperwork done, just making sure I have everything else bought beforehand.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:44 PM   #27
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I had a 16.1", it was my go-to for a long time, especially good with a suppressor. Never had a problem with performance.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:33 AM   #28
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I cut mine from 24" to 22". And then down to 18".

It's super handy at 18" but only shooting 2400 fps using 143 gr Hornady eld-x.

I kinda wish I had left it at 22", but I'm not sure how fast it was at that length
I went back to look at some notes. Federal Non Typical 140s (same as blue box) shot 2500-2514 from the same gun w/ 18" barrel
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:50 PM   #29
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One more data point. Hornady GMX Full Boar 120s shot 2770 in my 18"
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:50 PM   #30
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My Tikka/Manners/Bartlein 5r is 17".
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