HEADED FOR THE BIG TIME
If you are still under the impression that 6.5 Creedmoor is a flash-in-the-pan wildcat that will be obsolete in five years, consider the following: In October 2017, U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) tested the performance of 7.62×51mm NATO, .260 Remington, and 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges out of SR-25, M110A1, and Mk 20 sniper rifles. SOCOM determined that 6.5 Creedmoor performed the best, doubling hit probability at 1,000 yards, increasing effective range by nearly half, reducing wind drift by a third and having less recoil than 7.62×51mm NATO rounds. Because the two cartridges have similar dimensions, the same magazines can be used, and a rifle can be converted with a simple barrel change. This led to its adoption and fielding by special operations snipers to replace the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge in their semi-automatic sniper rifles, planned by early 2019.