Caliber — 6.5 Creedmoor

6.5 Creedmoor cartridge

6.5 Creedmoor has optimum reach with minimum recoil.

For most North American big game the 6.5 Creedmoor has become an ideal cartridge. As gunwriter Ron Spomer said, "For optimum reach with minimum recoil, the 6.5 Creedmoor is worth a look. Although it starts slower than the 270 Win., its sleek, high BC bullets conserve energy and allow it to eventually catch and pass the 270, 280 Rem. 30-06 and sometimes even the 300 WSM. Most rifles chambered for it are built for accuracy. [I ]recently shot 1/2 MOA in two 6.5 Creedmoor rifles I tested."

Ideally, you would use the 6.5 Creedmoor in most places and for most medium to big game that you would hunt with any mid-sized cartridge. Coyotes? Yes. Whitetails? Perfect. Black bear? Sure. Without question it excels with 1) manageable recoil and 2) exceptional long-range accuracy and ballistics. 

General Specifications

  • Bullet diameter: .2644 in (6.72 mm)
  • Case length: 1.920 in (48.8 mm)
  • Parent case: .30 TC
  • Case capacity: 52.5 gr H2O (3.40 cm3)
  • Rifling twist: 1-8" (203 mm)
  • Maximum pressure (SAAMI): 62,000 psi (430 MPa)
  • Base diameter: .4703 in (11.95 mm)

Reference: Ammunition companies, Wikipedia, general knowledge, Ron Spomer. Refer to ammunition companies for any specific technical information. 

Elk Bugling
Buck Whitetail deer
Steel target with Buckmark and bullet hits on it.
6.5 Creedmoor ballistics graph
6.5 Creedmoor cartridge specs


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