Starline Adds Small Primer 6.5 Creedmoor Brass – Shooters Rejoice!

Starline has been busy adding more brass to their lineup and at a feverish pace recently. They announced plans to release another option for small primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass that got myself and many other shooters reasonably excited.

But why would we get excited over smaller primer holes? Who wouldn’t get excited over smaller holes?

I am glad you asked. I’ll try to keep it from getting super technical and leave that for our resident ballistics nerd Nathaniel.

When shooting long distance consistency is your friend. Now that may mean a consistently .5 MOA rifle, a consistent wind call, or ultra consistent ammunition. Sure, there are some other factors that play into a successful shot, but those are some of the major factors. So you might be asking, what the hell does primer size have to do with how consistent your ammo is? The thought is that the primer is less likely to move under pressure and allows the pressure to build in the case more consistently than with large primer ammunition as well as the small primer case is ever so slightly stronger allowing a reloader to push the velocity just a touch more.

Small primer brass means that hand loaders that are currently using large primer brass are able to switch to brass with a smaller flash hole resulting in more consistent loads without forking over the cash for Lapua brand small primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass. After all, the perceived consistency gained by the small flash hole is the reason that 6.5×47 Lapua is so popular among competitors in the Precision Rifle Series.

Also awesome is the large primer version of the same brass, although slightly less exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I like that there is another source for the large primer stuff on the market, I am just not quite as excited about the readily available large primer stuff as I am about the small primer brass.

It appears that Starline has the brass ready to ship already with the Starline website showing the 6.5 Creedmoor in stock with an MSRP starting at $125 for 250 pieces and going up to $430 for 1,000 pieces of the large primer brass and $150 for 250 pieces on up to $510 for 1,000 pieces of the small primer brass. You can find the large primer version HERE and the small primer 6.5 Creedmoor HERE.


  • neckbone

    Actually I’m more happy about the 6.8 spc brass they are releasing soon. If you reload, the .260 is better than the Creedmoor.

    • Ebby123

      Though, if you compete in PRS, sometimes you just don’t have time to load. So the availability of reasonably priced high quality match ammo is a big plus.

    • Johnsmyname

      Seeing .260 would be nice, but I think it’s a pipe dream with the 6.5 CM craze taking over all things short action long range.

    • Paelorian

      Ballistically, not if you’re fitting it in an SR-25 (7.62 AR) pattern magazine. To fit a .260 Rem in such a magazine (like a PMAG or Lancer), you have to seat the bullet a little lower than optimal, and between that and the slightly increased efficiency of the 6.5 Creed case the difference in velocity disappears. The 6.5 is a more practical selection for semi-autos at present. But if fitting the round into a magazine isn’t an issue, like for most bolt-action shooters, then I agree .260 offers a little more capability to the handloader.

  • GRV01

    Fingers crossed for LPP 454C Starline brass


    Now how about small primer 10mm and 45acp? That added strength in the web area is really nice for handloaders who push these cartridges to the limits.

    • Ken

      CCI Blazer and Winchester already have small primer .45 available.

      • NINJA del TACO

        Sure, but it would be nice to have the ability to buy brand new brass. Haha, but I also love the people that hate the spp 45, and will literally give it to me for free .

  • Giolli Joker

    6.5 cm would be helluva big bore.

    • Johnsmyname

      Helluva barrel burner too! 🙂

      • ostiariusalpha

        Why exactly would it be a barrel burner? Most artillery pieces in that caliber range don’t have increased wear.

        • Johnsmyname

          Artillery? 6.5 Creedmore or “CM” is a 6.5 mm or .264” bullet. Putting that on a necked down big bore shell would produce a lot of heat and gas. The 3 things that wear out a barrel are mechanical (bullet speed/friction), thermal (heat) and chemical (corrosion). A little bullet stuffed into a big shell will produce a lot of all 3. Not trying to be a smart ass, just not sure what you’re talking about.

          • Rocky Mountain 9


          • mazkact

            It’s hard to wear out a good barrel in 6.5×55, I know as I’ve been trying for a long time.

          • RiverRat

            Yep, 6.5.x55 is my “go to caliber”, no need to switch. It’s been getting things done for a long time……………….

    • Johnsmyname

      Helluva barrel burner too! 🙂

  • PK

    The price is extremely reasonable, too! Starline does it again.

  • Now they just need to release some 6.5 Grendel brass.

  • NINJA del TACO

    Thats a good find! And brand new too!