6.5 Creedmoor was designed and built by ammo manufacturer Hornady and it was released in 2007. Hornady says it’s “The first production cartridge EVER developed from the ground up to be a TRUE match cartridge”.
It has grown in popularity tremendously over the past ten years. I would say it has become one of the most popular rifle calibers on the market today. It is a low recoil round with a flat trajectory, which has been proven to be very proficient on whitetail deer and pronghorn sheep. Virtually every major rifle manufacturer is chambering the round in various models to include; Ruger, Remington, Savage, etc… etc.
Characteristics of the round are based on the 30tc cartridge which is necked down to accept the smaller.264 bullet. The round is most commonly loaded with a 120 grain or 140 grain bullet. Using the 120 grain you will experience a muzzle velocity of 2,910fps, whereas you will experience velocity reaching 2,710 fps with the 140grain.
The most common question I get asked surrounding the caliber is, “What makes this round better than a 308 Winchester?”, or what most refer to as the “Win.” In researching this question I went to accuracy-tech.com here is what they had to say when it came to comparing the drop of the two cartridges. “I’m going to start with the ballistics side of the 6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 Winchester debate. I can sum it up fairly easily; the 6.5 Creedmoor trounces the 308 Winchester. Period. End of discussion, it’s just a faster caliber with better ballistics.” Next they compared the performance of both calibers in a 10mph wind, they found the 6.5 to drift 25% less than the 308 Win.
This all sounds great! Right? Why would you ever buy a rifle in .308 Win. again? 6.5 Creedmore sounds superior in every way! Well… like everything else, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Here are some draw backs to buying a new rifle in 6. 5 Creedmoor as opposed to a 308 win. The ammunition for 308 Win. is considerable cheaper, especially if all you want is a standard load for recreational shooting. Also the barrel life of a 308 will more than double that of a 6.5 Creedmoor’s at 10,000 rounds vs. 3,000 rounds. There’s also the fact that there are just a lot more rifles on the market chambered for the 308 Winchester, and .308 ammo is much easier to find on the shelf of virtually every sporting goods store in the country.
In summary 6.5 Creedmoor is a great caliber for medium sized game and is a very accurate round.