Browning Announces X-Bolt Rifles in 6.5 PRC.

6.5 PRC Cartridge

Shown in a 6.5 PRC Cartridge. Developed as a long-range target cartridge for short-action rifles, it is now proven as a high-performance big game cartridge. Browning's acclaimed X-Bolt out-of-the-box accuracy is a perfect match for this long-range capable cartridge. 


A perfect match for Browning accuracy.

Browning is pleased to announce rifles in 6.5 PRC. X-Bolt rifles are now chambered in 6.5 PRC to meet the demand for this impressive long-range cartridge. PRC stands for Precision Rifle Cartridge. The Browning X-Bolt is capable of serious long-range accuracy and the 6.5 PRC is a natural fit for obtaining the performance serious long-range shooters expect. The 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge was designed to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, flat trajectory, and extended range performance — and it does it all in a sensible, compact package. Utilizing moderate powder charges that result in repeatable accuracy, low recoil and reasonable barrel life, the 6.5 PRC produces high velocities with performance well beyond 1000 yards.

6.5 PRC cartridge comparison to 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor

Cartridge Size Comparison


The 6.5 PRC is often referred to as the 6.5 Creedmoor’s “big brother.” It is indeed based on a larger basic cartridge size for a bit more flexibility in loads. It has already proven to be an effective hunting cartridge, but make no mistake, the concept for the cartridge was conceived by long-range target shooters -- which accounts for its exceptional long range (exceptional at 1,000 yards) accuracy. It gives precision rifle shooters and hunters the advantage of a flat shooting, heavy bullet with very manageable recoil.

According to the cartridge development team, it is capable of delivering "2,000 foot-pounds of energy at 500-yards." That means that the 6.5 PRC provides "an 8-percent increase in velocity over the Creedmoor cartridge as well as 28-percent more capacity within the cartridge itself." The 6.5 PRC's exceptional ballistics, proven accuracy, and exceptional hunting energy make it an excellent choice for medium to large North American game. 

The 6.5 PRC was shoehorned into the X-Bolt short action; one of the most trim short magnum actions on the market. Browning X-Bolt rifles offer specific, additional advantages for the 6.5 PRC cartridge:

  • Browning's standard barrel length is 24” which means your actual velocities should match the velocities listed on ammunition boxes
  • Long range models have velocity-boosting 26” barrels
  • All barrels use fast 1 in 7” twist to stabilize long, high BC bullets