When it comes to long range shooting, two calibers that cannot be ignored are the 6.5 Creedmoor and the venerable 308 Winchester.
Although the 308 Winchester (7.62 NATO) has been a staple in the long-range target shooting community since its inception over 60 years ago, the 6.5 Creedmoor simply outperforms the 308 Winchester in almost every category when shooting out past 500 yards.
The 6.5 Creedmoor was the brainchild of legendary rifle competitor Dennis DeMille and the chief ballistician at Hornady Ammunition, Dave Emary. After having issues with the wildcat 6XC cartridge in competition, DeMille came up with a wish list of characteristics he wanted in a long-range cartridge and Emary delivered the 6.5 Creedmoor.
The 6.5 Creedmoor is named after the legendary Creedmoor range in New York where the first National Matches were held.
Although not an immediate success, the 6.5 Creedmoor has be quickly gaining a following in the long range shooting community and USSOCOM is considering the round for its snipers.
We have both. One Creedmoor and several 308. The touted ‘Less Recoil’ of the 6.5 is MEH IMO, the 308 braked is GTG for ‘Women & Children’. Don’t get me wrong it is a useful cartridge but I don’t see me getting all wet over it like some do.
This is like some other other cartridge fights. One performs better past 500 ballistically, but the other has better terminal ballistics inside of 500 yards. The best thing about the 6.5 Creedmoor maybe it’s children the 6 and the 22.
I prefer 6.5 Creedmoor over 308 past 600 yards. But anything 600 or closer, 308…
2 different uses…
I have one 6.5 long range bolt gun suppressed. I have 3 long range suppressed 308s and anything semi auto is 308… at the moment.
I do have all the parts for a 6 5 semi auto though… LOL
The 6.5 PRC is a better factory 6.5 for distance. We have one of those too.
Another point in the 308’s favor is at typical hunting ranges the short barrel doesn’t penalize like it does in the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Oh yeah, the 6.5 PRC is a beast. Pity it’s not more popular, but we should go ahead and talk about it soon anyway.