New all-round cartridge
I keep hearing about a new round called the 6.5mm Creedmoor and friends say it is the best cartridge for deer. Is that true?
The 6.5mm Creedmoor is one of the new wave of cartridges designed to get the best possible ballistics from an efficient case design. The Creedmoor was developed by Hornady, originally as a long-range and target round based on its 30 TC round. But it soon became obvious that, with its superior ballistics and shooting nature, it would also make a good hunting round.
Hornady loads several hunting rounds for this cartridge as well as offering reloading cases and dies to make your own. It is similar in size to the .260 Remington, but that round is based on necking down a .308 Winchester round to 6.5mm or 0.264in. Though the .260 Remington is slightly faster the newer 6.5mm Creedmoor round uses less powder to achieve nearly the same ballistics and therefore recoils less.
Typically, a 120-gr bullet travels at 2,950fps to 3,000fps velocity and a 140-gr bullet at 2,700fps. Due to the excellent ballistic co-efficients of the slimline 6.5mm bullets, they retain their velocity and hence energy downrange and make for less bullet drop, less wind drift and more retained knockdown power.
The Creedmoor is a winner and more rifles are being chambered in this calibre so yes, I can recommend it as a good all-round cartridge. BP