Military and Law Enforcement snipers are constantly searching for increased performance and ballistics for their tactical rifles in order to gain the tactical advantage they need to solve today’s complex problems.
The majority of the tactical rifles in service today are chambered for the highly popular .308. If popularity was the ultimate key in deciding who wins or losses in a gun fight, then the .308 would be a hands down winner. Unfortunately, the ability to effectively hit your intended target fast, the furthest, and with the most accuracy is what will allow you to fight another day.
With the growing popularity of 6mm and 6.5mm bullets with high ballistic coefficients, today’s shooters are taking advantage of what ammunition companies are producing to enhance their shooting. Hornady’s new 6.5 Creedmoor Match round has proven to be an effective tactical cartridge with superior ballistic qualities that easily surpasses the .308.
The 6.5 Creedmoor was designed by Dave Emery, Hornady’s Chief Ballistician, and Dennis DeMille, former National Rifle Champion and current General Manager of CreedMoore Sports. The 6.5 Creedmoor comes loaded with 120- and 140-grain A-MAX bullets. The 120-grain factory load consists of 44.5 grains of H4350, a Federal 210M Primer and generates a muzzle velocity of 3020 feet per second (fps). The bullet has a ballistic coefficient of .465 and the cartridge has an overall length of 2.72 inches due to a shorter bullet ogive. The 140-grain A-MAX factory load is charged with 41.9 grains of H4350, a Federal 210M Primer, has a velocity of 2820 fps and a ballistic coefficient of .550. It has an overall length of 2.82 inches due to its longer ogive but will still allow for easy feeding from box or detachable magazine systems.