.260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are two common cartridges used for rifles.
Both these bullets have the same 6.5 mm diameter and are perfectly housed in short-action rifles. Firearm owners believe in the quality of both bullets.
So which one is better, .260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor?
To answer this question, we need to look into both cartridges carefully, so let check out our analysis of these two fantastic bullets below.
The Differences Between .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor
The Design and Quality Difference
The diameter of .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor is slightly different - 6.7 mm and 6.5 mm, respectively.
These cartridges have long and thin shapes, but the .260 Remington is longer than 6.5 Creedmoor (about 0.025 in). That’s why it can hold about 2% more powder than the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Although the weight of the two bullets is similar (120gr), the brass in the 6.5 Creedmoor has a lower quality than in the .260 Remington, which determines the durability of bullets.
The brass in the 3.5mm Creedmoor is softer than the Remington, so this cartridge doesn’t have high durability. However, the soft brass in 6.5 Creedmoor is the reason why it can reach long distances.
Nowadays, it’s not easy to buy the .260 Remington because this cartridge is a classic model, and not many manufacturers make it. So, you will have to spend a lot of money and effort to buy the .260 Remington, while the 6.5 Creedmoor is more easily available.
This scarcity of .260 Remington can be explained by the quality of brass mentioned above. It costs twice as much as the Creedmoor to make a Remington, so of course, the producers don’t want it at all.
The Performance Difference
After some experiments, we have some comments about these two bullets on accuracy and strength.
The .260 Remington and 6.5mm Creedmoor are almost identical, but the Creedmoor can have a higher load pressure than its counterpart, thus giving it more power.
The .260 Remington is faster than the Creedmoor because it has a higher case capacity. On the battlefield, speed is essential.
We had a test for the accuracy of these two bullets with a range of 1000 yards.
And the result was great. The accuracy of the .260 Remington and 6.5mm Creedmoor is similar. And it’s your skill that determines your victories.
If you are an experienced shooter, you don’t need to care about which bullets to use for better accuracy.
However, there is a difference between .260 Remington and 6.5mm Creedmoor in the distance they could reach.
While the Creedmoor can easily reach up to 1000 yards, the other can only reach the distance of 800-900 yards. Therefore, the sniper shooter prefers Creedmoor as it suits long-distance shooting.
In the army, they prefer to use the 3.5mm Creedmoor to the Remington. They claim that the Creedmoor not only has great long-distance shooting but also has an excellent ability to avoid wind resistance.
Therefore, a bullet with high-distance shooting capacity and less wind drift will be more effective.
Which Is Better? - Individual Opinion
From our point of view, we think you should select the 6.5 mm Creedmoor instead of the .260 Remington.
You may ask why we suggest that?
First, the 6.5mm Creedmoor is more modern than the Remington as it was first available 10 years later than the other. People nowadays are usually using the Creedmoor instead of the Remington.
Although .260 Remington has more brass and a little higher durability, we think it doesn't matter. The Creedmoor is lighter and can target a higher distance.
Otherwise, you can find 6.5mm Creedmoor easier on the market as many manufacturers prefer to produce these cartridges.
Another thing making the 6.5 Creedmoor suitable for modern weapons is the automatic-reloaded feature, so it will be more convenient for the shooters.
But if you are a shooter experienced in loading and setting up the gun or love the classical beauty, then the .260 Remington is better for you.
From all the information above, we hope that you have enough information to distinguish the .260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor.If you find this article useful, please share it on social media with your friends who have the same hobby as you.
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I am Jerry Gonzalez, and my heart beats for the great outdoors, especially in the breathtaking landscapes of Helena, Montana. Engaging with fellow enthusiasts online and at local hunting clubs has been a rewarding experience, and I find great joy in sharing knowledge and experiences with like-minded individuals. My goal is to empower my fellow hunters with well-informed choices, regardless of their experience level.