After the Second World War, when military leaders of the United State called Americans committed to replacing the honorable M-1 Garand rifle and .30-60 Springfield cartridge, right after that was the starting of the tale of .308 Winchester. Despite the fact, in the hands of the American soldiers, the M-1 Garand rifle and .30-60 Springfield cartridge worked commendably. But the leaders of the military desire to get a new rifle, which has the remarkable capability of completely automatic fire as well as detachable magazine too. This was quite similar to the German StG-44 or Soviet AK-47.
After many years of growth and testing, the United State military did the replacement of the M-1 Garand rifle with the M-14 rifle with an advanced cartridge that is 7.62X51mm. In the case of the shooting market and civilian hunting, the 7.62X 51mm indicates great potential in development. But 7.62X51mm has almost similar features as .380 Winchester.
Up to the one hundred and eighty grain bullet, 380 Winchester able to do everything as .30-60 Springfield do, but it has a little edge in precision and also able to fit in the small action of a rifle. Hence, because of the increasing power, inherent accuracy, precision, and efficiency of the cartridge, the shooters and hunters mostly used .308 Winchester. Then the .308 Winchester became the most popular as well as mostly used for many years and best among the Short-action cartridges.
The 6.5 Creedmoor shows development and success in the ideal competition regarding shooting cartridges. DeMille and Mary developed 6.5 Creedmoor. 6.5 Creedmoor is very accurate as well as it has lesser recoils. 6.5 Creedmoor has no eye snapping ballistics. 6.5 Creedmoor also uses high ballistic coefficient bullets, so that it helps in resisting the wind drift as well as helps in maintaining the level of the energy. As a result, the 6.5 Creedmoor has more success in the case of competitions of shooting, and most shooters use it. Now, it is said that 6.5 Creedmoor also shows vast importance in the hunting community.
MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 6.5 CREEDMOOR AND 308:
The main differences between the 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 are as follow:
The length of 6.5 Creedmoor is 1.92” as well as the length of 308 Winchester is 2.015”.
DIAMETER OF BULLET:
The diameter of the bullet in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is .264”, while 380 Winchester diameter of the bullet is .308”.
OVERALL MAXIMUM LENGTH:
The overall length of 6.5 Creedmoor is a little bit longer which is 2.825”, while in the case of 308 Winchester, the overall length is 2.81” and is slightly longer too but less than the overall maximum length of 6.5 Creedmoor.
The capacity in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 52.5gr of water. On the other hand, the capacity in the case of 308 Winchester is 53.5gr of water.
The ballistics loads in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor are 143gr Hornady and 120gr Nosler. On the other hand, the ballistics loads in the case of 308 Winchester are 178 Hornady and 150gr Nosler.
WEIGHT OF RIFLE:
The rifle weight in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 8.1lbs. On the other hand, the weight of the rifle in the case of 308 Winchester is 8.0lbs.
VELOCITY OF RECOIL:
The recoil velocity in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 10.47fps. On the other hand, the velocity of the recoil, in the case of 308 Winchester is 12.06fps.
VELOCITY OF MUZZLE:
The muzzle velocity in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 2,700fps. On the other hand, the velocity of the muzzle, in the case of 308 Winchester is 2,600fps.
A load of powder in case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 41.5gr. On the other hand, a load of powder, in the case of 308 Winchester is 42.5gr.
- FREE RECOIL ENERGY:
The free recoil energy in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 13.8ft-lbs. On the other hand, the free recoil energy in the case of 308 Winchester is 18.08ft-lbs.
MAIN SIMILARITIES BETWEEN 6.5 CREEDMOOR AND 308:
The main similarities between the 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 are as follow:
DIAMETER OF RIM:
The rim diameter of 6.5 Creedmoor is .473”. On the other hand, the diameter of the rim in the case of 308 Winchester is .473” too.
The maximum pressure in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor is 62,000psi. On the other hand, the maximum pressure in the case of 308 Winchester is 62,000psi too.
WHICH ONE BETTER?
6.5 CREEDMOOR VS 308 WINCHESTER:
IN CASE OF RECOIL:
To get a perfect shot, then the catch of recoil should also below. We can say that both are directly proportional to each other, the less the recoil catch, the perfect the shot. So in the case of 6.5 Creedmoor, weighing seven pounds, the 140gr bullet at 2,700 fps turns up to 15ft. lbs. While in the case of 308 Winchester, having the same seven pounds weight, the 165gr at 2650fps imparts under 19ft-lbs. So, in that case, the best is 6.5 Creedmoor. IN CASE OF ACCURACY:
In case of accuracy, at an extremely large range, 6.5 Creedmoor can take the edge over the 308 Winchester. So, the best is 6.5 Creedmoor.
IN CASE OF AVAILABILITY OF AMMO, COST AND VARIETY:
In case of availability of ammo, the 308 Winchester has more ammo. 308 has ammo of all different varieties, types, and costs. Whereas the 6.5 Creedmoor has very high rates. so in that case the best is 308 Winchester.
IN CASE OF BARREL LIFE:
In the case of barrel life, the 6.5 Creedmoor rounds almost 2000 to 2500. On the other hand, the 308 Winchester rounds almost 5000. So, in that case, the best is 308 Winchester.
IN CASE OF HANDLOADING:
In case of ease of handloading, the 6.5 Creedmoor has the benefit of having longer bullets as compared to the 308 Winchester. Hence, as a result, the best in ease of handloading in 6.5 Creedmoor.