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#7095343 - 02/27/18 07:52 PM 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation
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Heard a lot about the 6.5 Creedmoor and decided I'd like to have one. Any recommendations on action & barrel ? I have built before and I also reload. What's the best approach ?

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#7095346 - 02/27/18 07:54 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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#7095363 - 02/27/18 08:07 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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Budget?
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#7095367 - 02/27/18 08:13 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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Curtis action as long as you're not left-handed. Defiance makes an excellent action, as does Suegeon. Most of my actions are trued Remingtons, and my rifles shoot just fine.

Any cut-rifled barrel. I like Bartlein but the #1 PRS pro shoots Kreiger. My buddy that's #14 in PRS shoots Rock Creek. I think the gunsmith that chambers the premium cut-rifled barrel is more important than the barrel or the action.

Your budget will determine your options.


Edited by ImTheReasonDovesMourn (02/27/18 08:16 PM)
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#7095373 - 02/27/18 08:16 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Budget?



That...and purpose might be good to know, too.
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#7095374 - 02/27/18 08:17 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: FiremanJG]
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Around $1.5k for drive out. Not necessarily looking to spend that much but quality matters. I have heard of folks converting Tikkas too. I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 that is great. Just looking for options.

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#7095376 - 02/27/18 08:20 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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Originally Posted By: StraitShot
Around $1.5k for drive out. Not necessarily looking to spend that much but quality matters. I have heard of folks converting Tikkas too. I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 that is great. Just looking for options.


Converting that will be the only way to hit that budget. Excellent cartridge that rifle is already chambered in, though. So, that leads me to the next question, assuming your 7mm-08 barrel is a thin "sporter" contour. What's the use for the 6.5 Creedmoor going to be?
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#7095377 - 02/27/18 08:21 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: RiverRider]
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Hunting and target.... Not looking for competition shoots.

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#7095387 - 02/27/18 08:26 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: FiremanJG]
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I wasn't planning on converting the 7-08. Just noting it's a good rifle. My daughter took her first deer with it. As far as budget... I want to build a good setup but starting off with a surgeon action would be a bit much. As far as a barrel .... I'd like about 22 to 24 inches in #3 contour.


Edited by StraitShot (02/27/18 08:30 PM)

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#7095389 - 02/27/18 08:27 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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What you already have will do that. Ever consider loading equipment instead? And base, rings, and scope are a major factor as well. What do you have in that regard?

Also, stock swap can be a major improvement. I've got three Manners T-4 and one Mammers EH-1. Have had a McMillan A-5 in the past. The EH-1 s extremely light, if you wanted to keep the stock that way, 26 ounce stock. All of those stocks will cost you $560-ish.
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#7095393 - 02/27/18 08:29 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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Originally Posted By: StraitShot
I wasn't planning on converting the 7-08. Just noting it's a good rifle. My daughter took her first deer with it. As far as budget... I want to build a good setup but starting off with a surgeon action would be a bit much.


Even using a different Tikka donor action, you're going to bust your $1.5k budget by almost $1k.
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#7095403 - 02/27/18 08:34 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: FiremanJG]
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I reload... Forster coax and redding dies...decent setup


Edited by StraitShot (02/27/18 08:36 PM)

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#7095420 - 02/27/18 08:47 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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go buy a Barrett Fieldcraft and be done with it. $1500 will get you a good action if your going to build.

what about optics?
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#7095423 - 02/27/18 08:50 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: StraitShot]
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You could get a savage and a prefit barrel from ER Shaw. Itíll be better than factory, but not as good as a cut rifles barrel. Just buy a factory rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor with the barrel contour you want.
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#7095427 - 02/27/18 08:52 PM Re: 6.5 Creedmoor Build Recommendation [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Until recently I usually ran leupold VX-3s. I have started looking at other brands.

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