6.5 Creedmoor vs 6.5×47 Lapua – Which is More Powerful?

6.5x47 lapua vs 6.5 creedmoor
Alfred Mendoza
When comparing the 6.5×47 LAPUA vs 6.5 Creedmoor, we talk about powerful long-range capable ammo that most shooters prefer. Introduced by a Finnish company in 2006, the 6.5×47 LAPUA proved its name for long-range precision and target shooting, while the 6.5 Creedmoor is a medium-power cartridge comparable to the 6.5×47 LAPUA. When compared side by side, which would turn out to be the better choice for your hunting rifle?
One significant difference is that the 6.5×47 LAPUA is a smokeless powder rimless bottlenecked rifle cartridge that was developed specifically for competition shooting. In contrast, the 6.5 Creedmoor has a relatively-higher sectional density and ballistic coefficients. The rifle competition features of the 6.5 Creedmoor made the ammo widely known.

Specification Chart

6.5×47 LAPUA

  • Brand: Copper Creek LAPUA Scenar
  • Model: 6.5×47 LAPUA
  • Bullet Size: 2.795 inches
  • Bullet Diameter: 0.264 inches
  • Shell Case Length: 1.850 inches
  • Bullet Weight: 139 gr
  • Energy (per 500 yards): 1,320 ft-lbs
  • Velocity (per 500 yards): 2,068 ft/s
  • Muzzle Energy: 2,454 ft-lbs
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,820 ft/s

6.5 Creedmoor

  • Brand: Hornady ELD-X
  • Model: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Bullet Size: 2.825 inches
  • Bullet Diameter: 0.264 inches
  • Shell Case Length: 1.920 inches
  • Bullet Weight: 143 gr
  • Energy (per 500 yards): 1,308 ft-lbs
  • Velocity (per 500 yards): 2,030 ft/s
  • Muzzle Energy: 2,315 ft-lbs
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,700 ft/s

Comprehensive Comparison

LAPUA 6.5x47 vs 6.5 Ballistics & Trajectory

Ballistically-wise, the 6.5 Creedmoor has a higher Ballistic Coefficient in G1 with .625 against the .578 BC of the LAPUA 6.5×47. But when it comes to the trajectory, the LAPUA 6.5×47 has a better trajectory against the 6.5 Creedmoor. The 6.5 LAPUA has a relatively lower trajectory of -41.5 inches than the 6.5 Creedmoor with -44.4 inches at a range of 500 yards. With the given trajectory data, the LAPUA 6.5×47 takes its first win against the 6.5 Creed.

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Although the 6.5×47 LAPUA is more prevalent in some states and could be almost always available, too, when it comes to the price category, the 6.5 Creedmoor offers more affordable ammo than 6.5×47 LAPUA.

The 6.5 Creedmoor is at par in ammo availability, provides a higher ballistic coefficient, and more energy and power, so the team decided to claim that 6.5 Creedmoor, being more budget-friendly, is a good point.

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6.5 & 6.5x47 Loading Type

The 6.5 Creedmoor ammunition has a good selection of bullets ranging from 85 grains to 160 grains in various styles. In the 6.5×47 LAPUA vs 6.5 Creedmoor comparison, the 6.5×47 LAPUA cartridge uses bullets ranging between 108 grains to 140 grains in weight. But since the 6.5 Creedmoor also uses a LAPUA brass and their bullet diameters are the same, our team decided to give this point to both ammo.

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Bullet Weights

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When it comes to bullet loads, the 6.5 Creedmoor offers heavier and longer bullets than the 6.5×47 LAPUA. The case of 6.5×47 LAPUA is shorter vs the Creedmoor, reducing powder capacity and velocity.

Although lighter bullets usually mean faster air travel and longer staying power in the air, the 6.5 Creedmoor bullets have more advantages because they have features that outplay the specs of the 6.5×47 LAPUA.

For shooters who like ammo with a flat trajectory, more velocity, and more energy, the 6.5 Creedmoor still trumps over the 6.5×47 LAPUA in this category.

6.5 Creedmoor & 6.5x47 Recoil

One would expect that the 6.5×47 offers a bit less recoil for the same bullet weight as the 6.5 Creedmoor since its velocity is slightly lower. But truth be told, the differences in recoil between 6.5×47 LAPUA and 6.5 Creedmoor are so marginal that you won’t be able to tell the difference. In this category, the team decided to give the point to both ammo. The result is a draw.

6.5 Creedmoor Pros & Cons



6.5x47 LAPUA Pros & Cons



1 thought on “6.5 Creedmoor vs 6.5×47 Lapua – Which is More Powerful?”

  1. Any bullet that can be loaded in 6.5 creedmoor can be loaded in 6.5×47, so sectional density is the same. Case capacity is slightly lower for the 6.5×47 than the 6.5 Creedmoor. That doesn’t mean the velocity or energy is higher for the 6.5 Creedmoor. In my tests using the same bullets in both, the 6.5×47 is faster and has higher energy. This is due to 6.5×47 more efficient cartridge design. I have both 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5×47. For me the 6.5×47 is a better cartridge using less powder and with higher velocity, more energy and less drop.

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