The most common problems with the 6.5 Creedmoor are related to barrel wear and chambering issues, but there is a lot of misinformation out there about these rifles that can cause confusion for shooters who have never owned one before.
This article will cover some of those misconceptions so you don’t get stuck in an endless loop of frustration trying to figure it all out on your own.
6 Most Common 6.5 Creedmoor Problems
1. Gas Problems
The 6.5 Creedmoor is a modification of the 6.5 Creedmoor round based on the.308 Winchester. This cartridge was developed to be used with gas-operated rifles such as AR15s or M16s.
The problem here is that this cartridge does not have enough power to cycle these weapons reliably at longer ranges. This means that you will need to adjust your sights accordingly if you are using them regularly.
If you do not want to change your sight settings, you can always opt for another cartridge like the 7mm Remington Magnum.
2. Accuracy Issues
The accuracy of the Creedmoor is not as good as some other rifles, but it’s still pretty darn accurate for a.308 rifle. I’ve had my shoot groups at 100 yards that were 1/2″ or less in diameter with no problem.
The only thing you need to be aware of when shooting this gun is that if your bullet has any twist, you will have to compensate for that by adding more lead into the barrel than usual.
3. Feeding Problems
The 6.5 Creedmoor is a modification of the 6.5 Carano round based on the.308 Winchester. This problem occurs when the bullet fails to feed properly into the chamber due to improper seating of the case mouth against the extractor groove. If the bullet is too large, there will be no contact between the base of the bullet and the extractor groove.
4. Firing Pin Sticking Problem
If the firing pin sticks during loading, then the gun may jam up. You can fix this issue by cleaning the bore after every shot.
5. Hang Fire Problems of Round with Small Primers
The 6.5 Creedmoor is a modification of the 6.5 Creedmoor round based on the.308 Winchester. Another common problem experienced by many shooters using 6.5 Creedmore is hanging fires. These are caused when the bullet fails to ignite after being fired.
This could happen due to improper priming techniques. You need to ensure that the powder charge is seated correctly before seating the case mouth against the rim of the breech face. If there’s no proper seal between them, then the propellant will fail to burn completely.
6. Resizing Problems for 6.5 Creedmoor
Modification of the 6.5 Creedmoor round based on the.308 Winchester. Resizing Problems for 6.5 Creedmoor Cartridges.
This issue applies mainly to those who are using factory resized magazines. If you want to make sure that your ammunition will work properly, then you need to buy new magazines. You may find yourself having to pay extra money for these magazines.
If you don’t like spending so much money, you could go ahead and purchase some resizers. These tools allow you to resize any standard AR15/M16 magazines without changing their original dimensions.
Other Reasons to Avoid 6.5 Creedmoor
6.5 Creedmoor has been known to cause some serious injuries. If you are looking for a safe caliber, then stick to.308 Win., 7mm Rem Mag., 300 Winchester Magnum, etc.
If you want something powerful, go for.300 Weatherby Magnum,.338 Lapua Magnum,.375 H&H Magnum, etc.
You may find yourself having to reload your ammo frequently due to the low velocity of the 6.5 Creedmoor.
6.5 Creedmoor Problem FAQ‘s
What is a hang fire problem?
The hang fire problem occurs when your round refuses to eject off your rifle for a short while after you have pulled your trigger and the pin strikes the hammer.
What is the 6.5 Creedmoor Problem?
The reason for this 6.5 Creedmoor problem is because the gas blocks the barrel.
What is the problem with firing pin pressure?
The firing pin pressure of most 6.5 Creedmoor rifles which sometimes pierces the primer also allows loose materials to eject from your rifle, redirecting and letting gas out from the rear of the cartridge.
What other cartridges are available?
The .300 Winchester Magnum, the .260 Remington, and 6.5-284 Norma are all equally better options.
What is the best cartridge for hunting?
There have been newer and better options for competitive shooting and hunting generally such as the .350 Legend.
What if I have a 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge problem?
When this happens, your cartridge would not be able to transfer from the magazine into the chamber.
What is 6.5 Creedmoor?
It’s only a cartridge, a vessel for holding primer, powder and bullet, but if you bring it up in conversation, you will find some people foaming at the mouth, with bloodshot eyes and a rising heart rate.
What is a successful feed?
A successful feed is when you are able to take a Creedmoor round from the magazine and slide it into the chamber so it can be ready to go.
What are the feeding issues?
One major issue is that the round may not be able to transfer from the magazine to the chamber itself.
How do I fix hang fire?
One of the best possible solutions for hang fire is to find better cartridges.
What is Hang Fire?
Hang fire is when a round is delayed in being ejected from the rifle after you pulled the trigger.
What is the gas system in a 6.5 Creedmoor?
The gas system in a 6.5 Creedmoor is powerful enough to deliver a good amount of recoil and eject cartridges that will travel far and fast.
What should I do?
Our first possible solution that we can offer for gas issues is reducing the diameter size of the firing pin on your Creedmoor.