If you are a shooter and spend any significant time at the range, you must have seen the influx of the 6.5 Creedmoor rifles lining up on the shooting benches. So what is the big deal with this new round and why is it taking the country by storm? Well, first of all, calling it new would be inaccurate. While the 6.5 Creedmoor has really only gained significant popularity among vast numbers of shooters within the last two years, this cartridge was launched 10 years ago. The brainchild of the engineers at Hornady, it was designed as a long-range competition load and named after the historic Creedmoor range, the location of the first national rifle matches in Long Island, New York.

6.5mm vs 300 Win. Mag.

The big deal with the Creedmoor is that it is capable of generating velocities and a trajectory approaching the 300 Winchester Magnum (based on the heavier bullets in the 300 Win Mag and the lighter bullets in the 6.5) at significantly reduced recoil. Not only does this make it a great precision long range competitive round, but it also makes it an excellent choice for hunting.
When compared with the popular .308 Winchester the recoil is reduced, making a long day at the range much more pleasurable. Many people feel that the 6.5mm projectile provides the best aerodynamic ballistic profile of any diameter bullet designed today, resulting in high ballistic coefficients (BC) and superior long range results as well as reduced wind deflection. Since it has an overall length of 2.825 inches it can be chambered in short action rifles and AR 10 platforms alike.

The first production rifle manufacturer to introduce a model chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor based on the AR 10 platform was DPMS, and was shortly followed by Ruger with the M77 Bolt rifle. Today, there are numerous production rifles chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Countless custom gun makers are building them as well, providing a multitude of options.

Riflescope Pairings

Let’s face it, the best ballistic cartridge is only as good as the ability to aim it. That’s why we feel the TORIC riflescope is a great solution to help enhance the performance of this round. Offered in 3-15x42 and 3-15x50 configurations with either a T-PLEX or Impact BDC reticle, the SCHOTT HT (High Transmission) Glass and ED (Extra low Dispersion) lens provides bright clear images, especially in low light at the higher magnifications. Hand turn, tool-less reset to zero as well as an included high profile turret kit (with zero stop and lock) and locking side focus parallax adjustment take the mechanics of these scopes to another level.

Match Your Exact 6.5mm load For Increased Accuracy

Add the ability to match up your exact load with our Impact Ballistic program (https://www.tractoptics.com/impact-ballistics#:2). Check out how the 120-grain Federal Trophy Copper matches up with the TORIC BDC reticle below. You can’t get much better than having your hold over points line-up in perfect 100 yard increments:

Custom Engraved Turrets

Every TRACT riflescope features the ability to have a custom engraved turret to match your 6.5 Creedmoor load. This will allow you to dial in the distance for long-range, precision shooting. We teamed up with Kenton Industries, the premier leader in turret technology, to provide highly accurate turret solutions for every TRACT riflescope. No matter if you choose the BDC or Custom Engraved Turret, you have everything you need to take the 6.5 deep at targets and steel or add meat to the freezer and a trophy over the fireplace.

Ready to Expand My Arsenal

Now I have to admit, I have been a big fan of the .308 Winchester for many years and it is my cartridge of choice for short to mid-range hunting. But this 6.5 Creedmoor has me excited and I am anxious to get one in my hands. Now the only thing to decide is do I go with the chassis style or standard rifle platform.