Birds of a Feather? .260 Remington vs 6.5 Creedmoor

The .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are incredibly similar rounds. Both use the streamlined 6.5mm bullet diameter and both are typically directly compatible with .308 Winchester rifles with a barrel switch. While the .260 Remington was and still is well-known in hunting circles, the 6.5 Creedmoor has been the recent star of the precision rifle crowd.

Sniper’s Hide, an accomplished shooter himself, takes a look at the two cartridges and their intended usages. In short, the 6.5 Creedmoor is a great choice for new shooters or those who do not reload, while the .260 Remington is a better round for those who have experience with reloading.

With its commercial acceptance, the 6.5 Creedmoor is simply easier to find. Compared to the .260 Remington, the typical cost of match ammunition is 50% less. While easily reloadable, the Creedmoor is typically considered to have “softer” brass which will not last as long, or have as high of performance.

In favor for the .260 Remington is base velocity (one can typically squeeze about 50 fps over the Creedmoor) and the brass, which Sniper’s Hide makes a point is from either Hornady or Lapua. Further, the .260 Remington “loaded to the lands” may be a bit too long for the standard AICS magazines.

Sniper’s Hide goes into further detail on his own article available here. Check it out and learn from an accomplished long-range shooter. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Harry’s Holsters

    6.5 is good enough for me. It’s the caliber I’ve chosen for my AR10 style build. Buying bulk match ammo online is easily and cost effective. Where I live I’ll probably shoot it 3-4 times a years since ranges over 100 yards are extremely rare are a 2 hour drive.

  • MechanizedSwede

    6,5×55 wil do for me. Norma Diamondline field 130gr is cheap and extremly accurate for swedes who does not have reloading equipment. How available is 6,5×55 in the US & A?

    • Spencerhut

      6.5×55 is metric, metric is for European places. Americans seem to hate metric. I sell at least 10 .260’s for every one 6.5×55. I like them both, damn near the same thing. The 6.5×55 is better when hand loaded to the max in a good quality action. Currently working on a .260 Rem.

      • Kivaari

        We hate metric? 5.56mm ,6mm Remington, 6.5mm Rem Mag (OK we hate that one), 6.8mm SPC, 7-08, 7x57mm, 7mm RM, 7x64mm, 7.62x51mm, 8mm Remington Magnum, 9x17mm, 9x18mm, 9x19mm, 10mm, 11.25mm (OK that’s the .45 ACP).
        Remember Mauser built every metric caliber around on the 57mm case, 6x57mm (6mm Remington) 6.5mm, 6.8mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm and a few shorter ones like the 7.65mm Belgian. There isn’t much new to be discovered. The .260 Remington failed because, in typical Remington fashion they put the wrong rate of twist in it so American hunters that favor
        heavy-for-bore slugs. The little M7 .260 shot OK with small bullets. Horrible with heavy. The same thing when they brought out the .244 Rem. It needed a new rate-of-twist and created the 6mm Remington.
        I used to buy rifles especially if they had metric markings. The fantastic 7x64mm Brenneke visually I a mirror image of the .280 Remington. Not the same, but damn close. Today I only own metric rifles. It’s easy I just buy 5.56mm and 9mm rifles.

    • Full Name

      As great a cartridge the 6,5 Swede is, it is too long for the AR10 platform, and is too long to use in the short actions that most precision rifle shooters use. It is available here, but not really common. I am planning to put a 6.5×55 barrel on my long-action Savage, though, as soon as I shoot up all my .30-’06 ammo.

      • Kivaari

        Ruger, Remington and Others (?) made 6.5 Swedes.

    • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

      I want Noreen to come out with an AR 10 in 6.5×55. But for some reason they keep ignoring me. Sigh Just have keep shooting my 1896

      • Kivaari

        It’s the bigger bolt face and a good magazine. It’s tough since the 6.5x55mm is longer than the .308 Win. Especially if loaded with those wonderful long heavy bullets.

    • Spencerhut

      This is my wife’s 6.5×55 Husqvarna. Damn fine gun, sill on the original barrel and shoots clover leaf groups with Hornady 140 SST bullets and IMR 4831SSC.

  • CanadianShill

    So I’m reading that 260 fits my bill a bit better… When I purchase a rifle in one of these calibers I plan on starting to reload for myself, not looking to competition, just really long range plinking and learning how to reload…. I didn’t realize 6.5 CM brass was softer…. Well there goes that plan lol 260 it is for now… Gonna continue my research though.

    • ostiariusalpha

      That soft brass info is outdated, Norma makes 6.5 Creedmoor cases now. You can buy it from them or get it through Nosler’s rebranded boxes.

      • Julio

        +1. Unless that 50 FPS means the world to you, I see no reason other than having more .260 rifles and ammo available to you locally to favour the .260 over the 6.5 CM. In the UK, having a .260 is perhaps seen more as a statement of experience and expertise in riflecraft, whereas the 6.5 CM comes across as everyman’s plug-n-play range-extender. Both are plagued by ammo shortages, however, and for the same reason this is holding back the CM.

    • Kivaari

      Just make sure it has the right twist rate. Many used .260 are too slow.

  • Mike N.

    As someone who has owned a .260 and several 6.5x47s but never any Creedmoors, a couple of points in the Creedmoor’s favor:
    1) Cheap factory ammo, to the point where sometimes it’s costs the same to shoot loaded ammo for the brass than it is to buy brass
    2) Shorter, more modern case design (30deg. shoulder, less taper) that allows you to both reach the lands in a chamber and fit it in an AICS mag
    3) For the same reason works better in a gas gun (also wouldn’t want my $1.15 a piece 6.5×47 brass mangled by a semi-auto)
    4) More factory chamberings, of the three mid-sized 6.5s, the Creedmoor is the only one commonly available (see, e.g. Ruger Precision Rifle).

    • Spencerhut

      My .260Rem AR-10 has yet to hurt a piece of brass, so not sure where that comment is coming from. Cost difference between .260 and 6.5Cr is nil. ~$30 for 142SMK in 260 or the same for 140’s in 6.5Cr.
      29 firearms chambered in 260 available today at one of my distributors, 56 in 6.5Cr.
      If you are just getting into 6.5mm I don’t think either is a bad choice.

      • Kivaari

        Some semi-auto rifles just chew up brass. Try an HK91, and you may as well not bother with salvaged brass.

  • Joseph Goins

    6.5 Creedmoor simply has good ballistic coefficient which makes it good for precision (which the article focuses on) at also hits a little bit harder if someone wanted to use it for hunting.

    • FightFireJay

      You do realize that these cartridges use the same bullet, right? At nearly identical velocities (slight edge to the 260), right?

    • Kivaari

      See FightRireJay, below.

  • William M Durham

    Give me the Grendel every time Creedmoor is a puppy compared

    • Rusty S.

      Not sure if this is in jest, but 6.5 Grendel is plenty accurate, but does not have the long range performance of 6.5 creedmoor or .260 rem.

  • RayRay

    Points for .260 on brass doesn’t make sense, all the 6.5 Creedmoor ammo I have is, or originally was, Hornady Match.

    As for Lapua, that can be had if you really, really want it. .308 Lapua brass, lots of Dillon case lube, and even more patience with sequential use of dies to push the shoulder back and shrink the neck down followed by a trim for length. Easier to just buy the Hornady ammo, I think.