@norcal_in_az but all the experts on snipershide say creedmoors only last 2500 before they become a shotgun! lol
Problem is the “experts” on snipers hide have probably shot out a 6.5 creed barrel and therefore have no clue what the actual barrel life of a 6.5 cm is other than what they have heard each other say.
Exactly this. When I was looking into barrel life on the 6.5 Creedmoor a few years ago, lots of guys posting very low round count. 2500-3000 (on the extreme high end, they say) seemed to be the magic number. A lot of those guys are also big 308 shooters, and I suppose they see the rising popularity and have to "guard" against their 308s going out of style... or something.
Even today on other forums you can see guys still arguing that it doesn't get any cheaper than a 308 to learn on.
I was at a match recently where a 260 went down on a guy at the 1800ish mark. Can a 6.5cm barrel die around 2500? Perhaps... but certainly not this barrel with this load.
Is my load too light? 41.0gr H4350 puts a 140VLD @2750fps out of this 26" barrel. I've proofed my firing solution out to 1650 yards multiple times. This is a lower node but it sure is stable. Doing a 20 round string without pressure signs sure is nice as well :D
Part of me kinda hopes it goes out in the next 200-300 rounds as I'm about out of my current lot of H4350, and the 3 8lb'ers of a new lot I got should take a new barrel to about 4,000rnds...or 2 barrels, because a 6.5cm magically turns into a shotgun after 2000 rounds.