6.5 Creedmoor worth its salt
It would be unfair to ascribe the growing popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor to marketing or its adoption by the US military to ‘military decisions’ as Steve Larkins did in his letter to the March edition of Australian Shooter.
Trials by US Special Operations Command which resulted in the selection of the 6.5 Creedmoor took place in 2017, when 23 different cartridges in 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington were tested on the US Army’s 2000m Doppler radar-equipped range at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground.
This was followed by a reliability test using two firearms currently in US service - the FN SCAR Heavy and KAC M110 - with two weapons of each type used, one in .260 Remington and the other in 6.5 Creedmoor. They found both weapons performed equally as well and were just as reliable in either calibre, with both cartridges being similarly accurate and reliable.
The conclusion was there was more room with the Creedmoor to further develop projectiles and loads, with that cartridge eventually getting the nod for US Special Forces’ next generation self-loading sniper rifles.
I’ve been delighted to shoot my Tikka T3X TACA1 in the 6.5 Creedmoor calibre. Compared to my previous Steyr SSG-69 in .308 it has less recoil and less drift and drop, especially at longer ranges. Our ACT branch of SSAA Combined Services successfully advocated with our national office last year to introduce the Creedmoor into the accredited list of calibres for state and national SSAA events, so more shooters can enjoy shooting this great calibre in competition.
Long may our sport flourish based on venerable older cartridges as well as innovative newer rounds such as the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Simon Troeth, ACT
06 June 2019