Lapua releases 6,5 Creedmoor

In the Nordic, the 6.5×55mm (also called 6.5×55 Swedish (Mauser) and 6,5 × 55 SE) is widely know and used – and will continue to be.

However, not long ago a lot of shooters started talking and (a few) also bought rifles in 6,5 Creedmoor.

My own experience with the 6,5 Creedmoor is nothing but brief, but very positive.

I had the opportunity to shoot 5 rounds of Hornady factory loads in a Rhino Arms with a 22″ barrel at 300 meters. I shot 49/50, and could easily feel the one point I lost. The inner ten is 10 cm (~4″) diameter, but my group was much smaller. I was very impressed, there’s a lot of potential in the round.

Below: Impressive setup, hard to miss in the snow. Rhino Arms 6,5 Creedmoor with carbon fiber handguard, sold via GP Rifle. Kahles 624i in Spuhr mount.


I’m considering re-barreling my Ruger Precision Rifle from .308 Win to 6,5 Creedmoor, but figured I’d at least break it in before I change anything.


Lapua will be using small primers for added accuracy

In any case (pun intended), Lapua seems to have understood the calibers potential and will start manufacturing. The case will be available in Q1 2017.

The press release:


We are happy to announce the addition of the 6.5 Creedmoor case to the Lapua line! Despite a relatively short time on the marketplace, the 6.5 Creedmoor has made a tremendous splash in the field, rapidly becoming one of the most requested cases we hear about from shooters.

Lapua’s 6.5 Creedmoor is designed to function in a short action, which is also a plus for hunters, vitally concerned with the rifle’s weight and compactness. In fact, many of the same features which make for a successful competition cartridge, translate nicely to the hunting fields as well.

For most species of mid-size game such as deer or boar, the Creedmoor will prove to be a deadly performer. And while the selection of high grade Match bullets in the 6.5 bore size is tremendous, there’s no shortage of exceptionally good hunting bullets either. The 6.5’s as a group have always been known as excellent performers on game.

Made with Lapua’s typical dedication to precision, our new 6.5 Creedmoor case has been refined just a bit, to make it an even better performer. We’ve opted for the small rifle primer, which normally produces an optimized ignition and better accuracy than large primers in mid-sized cartridges like the Creedmoor.

We’ve also incorporated our smaller diameter flash hole (1.5mm, rather than the industry standard 2.0mm), which has proven to provide enhanced accuracy, and is used in a number of our other accuracy oriented cases. In this respect, the new 6.5 Creedmoor joins the ranks of our other dedicated accuracy cartridges such as the .220 Russian (6mm PPC), the 6mm BR Norma, the 6.5×47 Lapua and the .308 Win. Palma cases.

Lapua 6.5 Creedmoor case head

And naturally, the new 6.5 Creedmoor will be made with our well known Passion for Precision. Strictest control over the metallurgy, the forming and drawing processes, precise annealing all performed under the watchful eyes of our production experts. For you, the handloader, that means the durability for which our cases are famous, combined with consistency and long life. Already proven in competition, we predict that the 6.5 Creedmoor will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

Just in case you ran thru the press release too quickly, don’t miss that Lapua will use a smaller diameter for smaller primers. Now who is going to test the accuracy based on using larger or smaller primers for us?


Below: 6,5 Creedmoor (Hornady 140 gr A-Max), .308 Win Hornady 168 gr Z.Max and the 6,5×55 Swedish/Mauser. Cold Steel Tanto.

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Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • john huscio

    I prefer 7mm08 to all three of the above cartridges.

    • Joseph Goins

      7mm08 is a great overall round. That and 270 Win are my two favorites.

    • Klaus

      Just curious,but why?

      • john huscio

        Better performance and generally easier availability (with the exception of 308 being more common)

        • Jarrad

          I dunno these days 6.5 creed is fairly easy to find. I would say easier to find in Match Grade loads for sure then 7mm-08

          • Keiichi

            In “match”, yeah… .308 will always have the benefit of military bulk in 7.62×51…

            Btw… I’m building a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle…

    • FarmerB

      Interesting that 7mm-08 was the darling of the target (particularly silhouette shooters) 20+ years ago (when I bought mine). Fashions change, but they’re still fashions. I sort of wonder what will replace the 6.5×55 in Scandinavia?

      • Sarig

        Hah, replace 6.5×55 in Scandinavia? Just not likely to happen.

        It hasn’t been a military cartridge for almost a century, andyet is still super-popular. One of the top three hunting cartridges (together with .30-06 and .308 that both came with NATO), and used for 99% of big bore competitive shooting at least in Norway.

        6.5×55 isn’t a fashion, it’s old and is still around because it works so well.

        • josh

          yeah… in Scandinavia it will not be going anywhere anytime soon, if ever. they have been shooting moose with it for over 100 years. While in North America we think we have to have the latest “ultra superduper long compact magnum” to shoot a whitetail.

        • FarmerB

          Yeah, we have the same thoughts regarding the 7.5×55…

          There is just so much momentum behind it that it’s hard to imagine another replacing it. I suppose it’s very much the same with 6.5×55 in Scandinavia (disclaimer: I have 2 x 6.5×55’s)

      • Smedley54

        Silhouette shooters drifted from the 7-08 when they discovered 6.5mm based cartridges had greater ballistic coefficient, less recoil, and used a bit less powder. On balance, 7-08 barrels last longer because the bullets are slower. If it makes you feel better, I’m sitting here with a locker of nice rifles in .260 Remington, also wondering where the parade went.

        • Charles Applegate

          Well, if you want to sell any of them .260, call me!

          • Smedley54

            Nope! It’s funny, but with age I buy more carefully and very rarely sell anything. There are way too many I let go of when they should have stayed.

        • FarmerB

          Yeah, I’m lucky – the parade passed me by before I’d even opened my wallet…

        • Tassiebush

          That really seemed like it was going somewhere at the time!

        • glenn cheney

          The BC caught em’ and, like the .308, passed em’ waving as the .264 went by.
          The .264 B.C. is said to be about as optimum mathematically as can be had.
          Germans determined 38 degree wing swrep was optimum back in the day. Nothing has changed, it’s industry std.
          Ordinance last year, bout March, handed up its new bullet rec. the .264, 6.5 mm.
          The Creedmoor ammo narrow in availability, but, the benchmark standard us putting shoulder to the wheel , Creedmoor is here to stay and will give .308 fits.
          Lapua brass is a gas!

    • iksnilol

      Then you’re wrong and should feel bad.

      Or you haven’t tried 6.5×55 yet.

      • glenn cheney

        Quality is hard to say no to.
        Bulgaria is hotspot, Greece feeling the Turks, Merkel on way gone, French Dude bows out, and Italian banking system in trouble, like it was ever out, so, you should note a “change in the winds” furrily” soon.
        Gonna be some NATO reverberations.
        Everyone will rave over the Creedmoor accuracy, velocity, and application. THE ONE RIFLE MAN walks again.

  • Rick O’Shay

    With the change in the primer and the primer hole, wouldn’t that also require a change in powder? I’m not a handloader (yet), so I have no idea how those two aspects actually factor into ballistics. I’m also curious how those changes might affect case life.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      No not really.

      Anyone reloading these cartridges is doing load development to their particular rifle/optics setup anyways.

  • Keiichi

    Eric – you and I are in similar circumstances… I have a Tikka T3x in 308 with an MDT chassis and Luth-AR stock that I’m breaking in, which I’m planning to re-barrel to 6.5 Creedmoor… I’m very interested in your experience :-)…

  • demophilus

    Interesting. Lapua is taking 6.5 CM — probably 6.5 Lapua’s strongest 6.5 competitor, apart from 6.5×55 — and making their own version, which UIM, borrows design cues from 6.5 Lapua. That’s sort of like Pepsi making Coke, but changing the flavor.

  • iksnilol

    If you’re moving to 6.5 creedmoor away from 6.5×55 then I can only say one thing: TRAITOR!

    • William Nelson

      Agreed, but I’m also a Swedish Mauser fanboy so I acknowledge my own bias openly.

      But we’re right.

  • Tassiebush

    It seems like it would make a really great mainstream cartridge if it survives. Who wouldn’t want a cartridge that shoots flatter and further than a .308 in the same action length which still readily deals with the vast majority of game a .308 is used for and it could maybe even be a .243 killer if lighter loads are offered.

  • Laserbait

    “Lapua’s 6.5 Creedmoor is designed to function in a short action,”

    It’s nice to see that Lapua designed their 6.5 Creedmoor brass to work in a short action, rather than going with the lass popular 6.5 Creedmoor for Magnum length and 50 BMG length actions. Don’t even get me started on the Belted 6.5 Creedmoor and the Rimmed 6.5 Creedmoor for lever actions.

  • mazkact

    6.5×55 was perfect in 1894 and it still is.