New all-round cartridge

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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

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