Howa 6.5creed

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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by Flyer » 14 Jan 2019, 6:58 pm

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Flyer wrote:I bought the 6.5CM because it will shoot anything from 90-160gr and do it efficiently in a short action (stiffer, weight-saving, shorter throw etc) and with a great choice of brass, projectiles and factory ammo. It's also an inherently accurate round.

If I shoot the barrel out, well I'll just get a new one - it's still cheaper than owning four different 6.5s! :lol:


The short action is the biggest advantage the Creedmoor offers, in my opinion, and it's a very valid one. I think all 6.5mm chamberings offer excellent inherent accuracy simply because they use 6.5mm bullets.

A good point well made :-)

Hey no worries. For me it came down to "If you could only have one . . ." and so I started to think about a 7-08 or 6.5. Every time I went to the gun shop, I'd ask what they had in the different cartridges in terms of factory ammo, brass and projectiles, and it became pretty clear that there was a lot more 6.5CM stuff than 6.5x55 or even 7-08. So I pulled the trigger and bought a man bun :D


bigrich wrote:me personally if i get another 6.5 it'll be a 6.5-06 . they all have their uses . mind you , a sako barvarian ( no open sights ) in 6.5x55 would really float my boat . i think the 6.5 family is a good do-all for most australian game, AND lends itself to target shooting quite readily . but i don't need to convince the posters on this topic do i ? ;) here's my 6.5x55 hunting loads ,and yes, the photo's are on their side :roll: the first two shots just about go through the same hole, the third is the flyer. after the first two shots most game has run off anyway :D

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You're probably going to hate me, but I sold a 243 Bavarian to buy my 6.5 Sako A7.

It was a beautiful rifle, but the 243 didn't quite have enough power at 500m to reliably knock over metallic silhouettes. At 500m, the 6.5CM carries about the same energy as a 308 or 7-08, so that was the overarching decision.

I could have kept the 243, and in some ways I regret selling it, but I wasn't shooting it enough to justify keeping it in the safe, so thought someone else might get to enjoy it more.


But I am TOTALLY with you on the 6.5x55 Bavarian. I've even been eyeing off this 260 lately: https://www.usedguns.com.au/Product.aspx?p=137669

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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by bigrich » 14 Jan 2019, 7:24 pm

good on ya flyer :D i hear ya on the a7 sako. i have one in 308. very impressive rifle . silly accurate with handloads . i can make one hole at 100 with 165 gn speer soft points ! when i look at buying a rifle these days i don't consider factory ammo , it's under powered for stuff like 6.5x55 , 7x57 , 8x57. which loaded to their full potential, can make some modern calibers look rather pointless . handloading makes a big difference and adds a great technical challenge for me. once it's understood it can have great rewards and gives rifles with so-so accuracy a new life . my sako shot OK with factory ammo, but man, it can shoot with handloads. :D

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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by JimTom » 14 Jan 2019, 7:45 pm

Flyer wrote:I've got a standard Sako A7 Roughtech Pro. I even managed to talk Jim Tom into buying one :lol:
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The A7 Roughtech Pro and Range models have an alloy bedding block system fixed to an alloy X-frame in their synthetic stock, so they actually have a better bedding system than a Sako 85, IMO. They also top load - which I prefer over the Tikka's mag-load system - and come in different sized actions. The 24" fluted barrel is a mid-weight, so a little larger diameter than a standard sporter. Weights 3.4kg so is easy to carry around and very accurate.


This is true. I ended up with the Sako A7 and it’s a great bit of kit.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by Cal-ApeR » 14 Jan 2019, 10:29 pm

Here I am taking about a howa and you guys have to rub it in with your sakos. I do agree, good kit and beautiful firearm. Out of my price range though.

Will report back here with what I do with regards to my purchase. Thanks for all the input. This thread lit up. I guess all you need to mention is creedmoor and people come out of the wood work.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by bigrich » 15 Jan 2019, 4:35 am

Cal-ApeR wrote:Here I am taking about a howa and you guys have to rub it in with your sakos. I do agree, good kit and beautiful firearm. Out of my price range though.

Will report back here with what I do with regards to my purchase. Thanks for all the input. This thread lit up. I guess all you need to mention is creedmoor and people come out of the wood work.


Creedmore does have a polarising effect doesn’t it ? Good luck on your future purchase. Just to stir things up I wonder if you could build a custom browning BLR in CM ? If they can fire 243&308 I don’t see why not . Just thinking outside the box :D

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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by JimTom » 15 Jan 2019, 5:24 am

Cal-ApeR wrote:Here I am taking about a howa and you guys have to rub it in with your sakos. I do agree, good kit and beautiful firearm. Out of my price range though.

Will report back here with what I do with regards to my purchase. Thanks for all the input. This thread lit up. I guess all you need to mention is creedmoor and people come out of the wood work.


Mate the A7 is entry level for a Sako. Not expensive compared to other model Sako. Doesn’t cost much more than a Tikka.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by PaddyT » 15 Jan 2019, 6:59 am

Ive got the 6.5 CM in a left handed Tikka T3x CTR, its scoped with a Bushnell 2.5x10 40 Elite 4500, its a very nice rifle, shoots 4 different types of ammo i tried very straight, low recoil and very well balanced rifle.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by Cal-ApeR » 15 Jan 2019, 8:49 am

The Howa is only $600. The A7 goes for considerably more. I look at one of those for my next toy in 2020. Ha.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by JimTom » 15 Jan 2019, 2:52 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:The Howa is only $600. The A7 goes for considerably more. I look at one of those for my next toy in 2020. Ha.



Yep no arguing the Howa are an excellent price. Still, in 2020, you should treat yourself. You will love it mate.
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by Flyer » 15 Jan 2019, 3:29 pm

There was a nice Sako 6.5x55 with a Zeiss DL scope on it listed on Usedguns last night. Good price. I notice it's gone today, so must have sold quick smart.

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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by Flyer » 15 Jan 2019, 3:38 pm

There are an awful lot of 260s for sale on Usedguns right now.

If anyone wants to get into a 6.5 Sako hunting rifle at a good price, this is a good deal. I don't know why no-one has bought it yet. If I didn't live in WA with our gun laws, I'd probably get it myself:
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Re: Howa 6.5creed

Post by marksman » 17 Jan 2019, 9:12 pm

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