6.5 Creedmoor ammo has gained an incredible following since the Nebraska-based Hornady introduced it in 2008. According to the ammo company, the idea of 6.5 Creedmoor ammunition emerged during a casual conversation at an elite shooting match. Those involved in the discussion expressed a desire to create a match-grade cartridge from the ground up. It would be the first of its kind. Months later, Hornady released the 6.5 Creedmoor round. Since then, the cartridge has become wildly popular among long-distance target shooters and hunters worldwide.
While performance varies depending on cartridge features, 6.5 Creedmoor bullets do not disappoint. With a 95-grain bullet, 6.5 Creedmoor delivers a muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet-per-second with 2,297 foot-pounds of energy. At 140 grains, the 6.5mm round has a muzzle velocity of 2,710 fps with 2,283 ft-lbs of energy. Using 6.5 Creedmoor for hunting purposes, the round is suitable for a variety of game including prairie dogs, coyotes, deer and even elk.
Many compare 6.5 Creedmoor to the venerable .308 Winchester because they can take down the same game. But when pitted against one another, 6.5 Creedmoor v .308, many have found that 6.5 Creedmoor outperforms at longer ranges. Shooting enthusiasts found that a match-grade 6.5 Creedmoor bullet will maintain supersonic speed after 1,000 yards whereas .308 drops off at around 900 yards.
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