6.5 Creedmoor Ammo
The 6.5 Creedmoor ammo cartridge was originally designed and manufactured by Hornady in 2007. The 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo is also referred to as 6.5mm Creedmoor, 6,5 Creedmoor, 6.5 CM, or 6.5 CRDMR. It is a variation of the 30 TC round, which was based on the 308 Win round. The 6.5 Creedmoor round was designed for long-range target shooting and is also good for hunting game.
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Hornady Varmint Express 6MM Creedmoor 87GR V-Max 81393$33.59
Hornady Black 6mm Creedmoor 105gr, BTHP, 20rd Box$34.99
Hornady Precision Hunter 6mm Creedmoor, 103gr, ELD-X, 20rd/box$42.99
Hornady Superformance 6.5 Creedmoor 129gr, SST 20rd Box$41.99
Nosler 6.5 Creedmoor Match Grade140 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Boat Tail$73.99
Sako TRG Precision 6.5 Creedmoor, 136gr, HPBT, 20rd$44.99
The Most Accurate 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo
Not surprisingly, Hornady’s factory 6.5 Creedmoor ammo performed well, too. I’ve shot the 147-grain ELD-Match bullets in the NRL-Hunter series and placed high in the standings running it through my Proof Switch.
But one thing that this broad-based test revealed is that the 140-grain bullets shot notably better than any of the other 6.5mm bullet weights. In Hornady’s case, the 140s did best, followed by the 143-grain ELD-Xs, and then the 147-grain ELD-Match. Here’s how they stacked up:
Hornady 140-grain ELD-Match: Top 20 groups: .808 in. average // Top 10 groups: .627 in. average
Most Accurate 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Load: Hornady 143-grain ELD-X
It’s worth noting that the Hornady 143-grain ELD-X was the most accurate hunting bullet among the 6.5 Creedmoor ammo we shot. I have have killed several elk as well as a bunch of whitetails, mule deer, and antelope with this load and can attest to its excellent terminal performance. Understand that the bullet is designed to upset at longer distances, meaning lower impact velocities. Because of this, the ELD-X tends to lose a significant portion of its weight as it penetrates, especially with closer hits when it still carries a lot of velocity. So, it is less likely to penetrate through an animal and leave two leaky holes, but dead is still dead.
Now, curiously, in the one 6.5 PRC rifle in the test, the Seekins Havak HIT, the 147-grain ELD-Match averaged .639 in. with its 10 best five-shot groups, which just goes to show you how important it is to try a variety of loads in your rifle to land on the best accuracy.
Another good performer in the test was Winchester’s 140-grain BTHP load. The top 20 groups with this 140-grain load averaged 1.122 in., while the 10 best groups averaged .868 in.
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