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The 6.5 Creedmoor: originally conceived as a match load, Hornady's entry into the 6.5 sweepstakes is a versatile game-getter as well.

Few cartridge introductions have had the fanfare of Hornady's 6.5 Creedmoor. It was developed in 2007 by Hornady's Dave Emary and former Camp Perry Coordinates:

Camp Perry is a National Guard training facility located on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio near Port Clinton.
 champ Dennis DeMille. The intent was to create an "across the course" round for high-power matches, and to that end it succeeded admirably. Factory ammo was loaded with Hornady's sleek 120- and 140-grain A-Max bullets, producing flat trajectories with less recoil recoil /re·coil/ (re´koil) a quick pulling back.

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 than the.30s.

It didn't take long for hunters to discover the 6.5CM. The reputation of long-for-caliber 6.5mm bullets for deep penetration is well known, and today's selection of hightech bullets allows you to tailor a load for just about any application.


The 6.5CM is based on Hornady's.30 T/C T/C Table of Contents
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 and has been described as the.260 Remington "done right." There's considerable justification for this. The 6.5CM case is.115 inch shorter and has less body taper and a sharper 30-degree shoulder than the.260.

But unlike the.260 Remington and 6.5-284 Norma, the 6.5CM case was designed from the ground up as a shortaction cartridge. Bullets in the 6.5CM can be seated out to match throat dimensions, so they don't eat up valuable powder space, yet still fit in a short-action rifle.

Our test rifle this month is my Ruger M77 Hawkeye. Its 26-inch barrel rings every drop of velocity out of the powder charge. Ruger cuts 6.5CM barrels with a 1:8 twist that will handle virtually all of the wide range of bullet weights available.

Forget what you've read about "overstabilizing" light bullets. Today's bullets are much more uniform than those of old and typically shoot like a house afire, regardless of twist.


For testing I mounted a new Bresser 6-18x40 True View scope in Warne QD rings. I used Hornady New Dimension dies I got when I bought the rifle. Standard, large-rifle primers are most appropriate for the relatively short and compact charges of the 6.5CM Magnum primers are not needed, but match-grade primers might be worth a try for specialty loads. In addition to factory ammo, Hornady also offers cases.

Appropriate powders are in the medium-to slow-burning range. Several new numbers such as Hornady Superformance powder from Hodgdon, Varget, Hybrid 100V and Vihtavuori N-150 were excellent with selected loads. Additional powders that deliver noteworthy performance are Reloder-17, Norma URP and Winchester 760.

Load development for any 6.5mm cartridge is a real treat because the selection of.264-inch bullets is so varied.

We tested more than 60 different bullet and powder combinations, but the final cut includes only the best load with each bullet listed.


For a light-recoiling load for paper punching or popping the occasional chuck, check out the 95-grain Hornady V-Max over 41.0 grains of Varget. At a velocity of 3,362 fps, it was the fastest load tested, and accuracy was great. A couple of 100-grain favorites are the Nosier Ballistic bal·lis·tic  
a. Of or relating to the study of the dynamics of projectiles.

b. Of or relating to the study of the internal action of firearms.

 Tip and the Sierra HP. Both were exceptionally accurate at a bit over 2,900 fps. The new IMR IMR - Internet Monthly Report  8208 XBR XBR X-Band Radar
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 and good old IMR 4064 were the standouts here.

The 120-grain bullet lineup A criminal investigation technique in which the police arrange a number of individuals in a row before a witness to a crime and ask the witness to identify which, if any, of the individuals committed the crime.  runs the gamut See color gamut.

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 from target to game. The velocity of factory loads offers a clue as to speed goals here. Hornady lists its 120-grain A-Max at 3,020 fps, but it registered 2,818 fps in the Hawkeye.

For a hunting load, 47.5 grains of Superformance with the 120-grain Sierra Spitzer at 2,984 fps punched tidy little groups. The Nosier Partition is always a good choice for big game, and a charge of 43.0 grains of H-4350 gave the 125-grain version 2,737 fps. For pure paper punching, Sierra MatchKings are always tough to beat. The 123-grain MK over 38.4 grains of Varget zipped along at 2,823 fps and averaged a hair over a half inch.

For medium game, the Hornady SST SST: see airplane.  was fine with 43.5 grains of Hybrid 100V at 2,785 fps. The Nosier 130-grain AccuBond liked 39.0 grains of IMR 4007 SSC SSC Secondary School Certificate
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. Velocity was 2,655 fps, and groups averaged.87 inch.

The 140-grain selections are ably represented here by the Speer Hot-Cor and Hornady SST. Both are excellent medium-game bullets and preferred Vihtavuori N-550 and Hybrid 100V, respectively.

Finally, there's the grand old 160-grain RN, one of the best designs ever. At reasonable ranges it shoots plenty flat enough and has contributed to the reputations of many 6.5mm cartridges.

With appropriate handloads, target shooters can be highly competitive without developing a flinch flinch  
intr.v. flinched, flinch·ing, flinch·es
1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.

2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.

, and hunters can take medium to big game efficiently. The 6.5 Creedmoor is the real deal.


WARNING: The loads shown here are safe only in the guns for which they were developed. Neither the author nor InterMedia Outdoors InterMedia Outdoors is an outdoors magazine publishing group in the United States. They publish 17 hunting, fishing and shooting magazines, and own the The Sportsman Channel cable network, which was purchased from its founders in June 2007.  Inc. assumes any liability for accidents or injury resulting from the use or misuse of this data.

              BULLET                 CHARGE   MUZZLE         CART.
              WEIGHT                 WEIGHT  VELOCITY  STD.   OAL
BULLET        (CR.)   POWDER         (CR.)    (FPS)    DEV.  (IN.)

HORNADYV          95  Varget           41.0     3,362     2  2.540

NOSLER           100  IMR8208XBR       38.0     2,983    13  2.540

SIERRA HP        100  IMR4064          39.5     2,904    14  2.560

BARNES           120  Viht. N-150      41.0     2,875  0.77  2.203

NOSLER           120  Norma URP        42.1     2,824    16  2.772

SIERRA           120  Superformance    47.5     2,984    16  2.72G

SPEERHOT-        120  W-760            43.0     2,795     2  2.731

SIERRA           123  Varget           38.4     2,823    12  2.803

NOSLER           125  H-4350           43.0     2,737    17  2.759

HORNADYILSP      129  Norma URP        41.2     2,737     9  2.705

HORNADYSST       129  Hybrid 100V      43.5     2,785    16  2.818

NOSLER           130  IMR4007 55C      39.0     2,655    15  2.767

SWIFT            130  Reloder17        42.5     2,787    12  2.766

HORNADYSST       140  Hybrid 100V      39.5     2.545    19  2.811

SPEERHOT-        140  Viht. N-550      39.5     2,673    13  2.721

HORNADYILRN      160  H-414            41.0     2,517    17  2.840

               AVG.    MUZZLE
               GROUP   ENERGY
BULLET         (IN.)  (FT-LB.)

HORNADYV        0.68     2,385

NOSLER          0.71     1,976

SIERRA HP       0.80     1,873

BARNES          0.77     2.203

NOSLER          0.82     2,126

SIERRA          0.83     2,373

SPEERHOT-       0.79     2,082

SIERRA          0.54     2,177

NOSLER          0.85     2,080

HORNADYILSP     0.88     2,146

HORNADYSST      0.69     2,222

NOSLER           0.8     2,035

SWIFT           0.90     2,243

HORNADYSST      0.74     2,014

SPEERHOT-       0.75     2,222

HORNADYILRN     0.84     2,251

Notes: Hornady cases and Federal No. 210 primers were used for all
loads. Results are from a Ruger M-77 Hawkeye with a 26-inch barrel
with 1:8-inch twist. 5ight was a Bresser 6-18x40 set at 10X. Accuracy
is for two or more five-shot groups at 100 yards from a bench rest.
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