If the search results that lead people to our sister website are any indication, 6.5 Creedmoors have been growing in popularity over the last few years. And for very good reason. In fact, we have put together six very good reasons the 6.5 Creedmoor should be your next rifle.
1. Better Ballistics
The number one reason people are choosing the 6.5 Creedmoor, or any other 6.5 caliber, is ballistics. By design, the 6.5 bullets tout some very high ballistic coefficient (BC) numbers at lower weights. What does that mean practically for the guy behind the trigger? Your bullet is going to be affected by drag and wind drift less than the other guy’s bullets. The higher the BC, the less the drag and drift. And because you’re achieving these high BC with less weight, you’re able to maintain a higher velocity thus cutting down your bullet’s flight time.
2. Design Matters
The second reason is case design. What promotes the 6.5 Creedmoor above some of the other 6.5 caliber choices is the design of the case. It’s a short action, therefore you can build one off of any .308 or .243 action many guys have laying around. The Creedmoor also is a much shorter case design than the .260. So even though the .260 is also on a short action, the Creedmoor has more room in the magazine box which is very important when shooting the longer VLD style Berger bullets.
3. Affordable Ammo
The third reason for choosing the 6.5 Creedmoor is the huge variety of really awesome factory ammo at a good price. Many people don’t realize that Creedmoor ammo is as cheap as it is. A lot of times you can find the ammo around $30 per box and the once fired brass can be as valuable as $.50 per round to reloaders! Factory ammo is available in weights from 120 grain to 143 grain in really good quality loads. Founder and president of Horizon Firearms, Derrick Ratliff, has even personally have taken whitetail deer at 800 yards with factory 129 grain Hornady ammo.
4. Recoil? What recoil?
The fourth reason is quick and simple… the 6.5 Creedmoor very low recoil. Taking advantage of the low bullet weights, even in the worst case scenario, a 6.5 Creed can push a ballistically superior 143 grain bullet at 2800 feet per second. For the .308 to get that kind of BC would need to shoot a 230 grain bullet and would only be going 2300 FPS! Because of the extra bullet weight your felt recoil would drastically increase.
5. Versatility is Key
The fifth reason is all about versatility. While the 6.5 Creedmoor may not be the #1 best rifle in every category, it’s definitely top 3 in all of them. Not only is it a very good option for long range shooting, it’s also a great hunting round. Not only are the 120 grain bullets great for coyotes but the 143 grain bullets are good for elk.
6. Accuracy Matters
The sixth and final reason you need a 6.5 Creedmoor is they are really accurate. All the previous factors like bullet selection, case design, and ammo availability work together to create this perfect storm of accuracy. Through this perfect storm, you get a round that is very forgiving and will put the bullet right where you want it to be with little tuning or reloading headache.