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First, I would like to thank you all for the hard work the Guns & Ammo team obviously puts into the making of this excellent publication. I've read other shooting publications, but G&A stands head above shoulders among the rest. I read Craig Boddington's September article, "6.5: Past, Present, Future" (page 78) and noticed a bit of incorrect information concerning the 6.5 Creedmoor. In the article (if I read it right), Boddington states that the 6.5 Creedmoor was created ground up by Hornady and was based on "the old .300 Savage case." Referencing the company's own 9th Edition of "Hornady's Handbook of Cartridge Reloading," the 6.5 Creedmoor was indeed built from the ground up. But Boddington also states, "Based on the .30 TC, a 2007 Hornady introduction, it is a shortened and improved design based loosely on the .308 Winchester"--not the .300 Savage. Keep up the great work! Anonymous, Minnesota

I suppose it's a matter of semantics, and exactly what cartridge a given reference wishes to give credit to, because there isn't much new under the sun. You could say that all cartridges with a .473-inch rim diameter are based on the ,30-'06, but that lineage would also go back to the 7x57 Mauser (1892). Similarly, all belted cartridges with a .532-inch rim diameter can trace their lineage back to the .375 H&H (1912). You are correct that Hornady used their .30 TC case to create the 6.5mm Creedmoor case. However, in chronologic progression, the .300 Savage (1920), .308 Winchester (1952), and .30 TC (2007) have all been attempts to achieve ,30-'06-like performance in a shorter case, which is much easier today with newer powders. Without question, I should have mentioned the .30 TC, and I'm surprised I didn't. I'm very much a Johnny-come-lately to the 6.5mm Creedmoor, but I wrote one of the first stories introducing the .30 TC and, to my knowledge, I managed to shoot the first deer ever taken with the cartridge! Here's a picture of the whitetail I took in Kentucky with the .30 TC during the fall of 2007. --C. Boddington

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Title Annotation:READER BLOWBACK
Author:Boddington, C.
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2017
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