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JUN 2019

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F IR E A R M S TA C T I C S GUNS, GEAR, TRAINING AND BEST PRACTICES Lindsey Bertomen A retired police of ficer and militar y small arms trainer, Lindsey Ber tomen has taught shooting techniques for over a decade, in addition to teaching criminal justice at Har tnell College in Salinas, California. Of f the clock he enjoys competing in shooting spor ts, running and cycle events. 24 T he 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge has gained a lot of attention in most of the rifle shooting markets and law enforcement agencies are beginning to take notice. I set out to test several 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges using a Savage AXIS II XP. History and design The 6.5 Creedmoor was developed in 2007 by Hornady Senior Ballistics Scientist Dave Emary and High Power Competitor Dennis DeMille. DeMille wanted an off-the-shelf cartridge that gave a competitive edge but with less recoil than the .308. He sought several other specs, including something that could be fed from a box magazine and could be reloaded with standard components. When it first came out, I'll admit, I was not quick to jump on the bandwagon. After all, I was doing pretty well with a .308. The 6.5 Creedmoor was designed around a 6.5mm (.264 caliber) bullet. Bullet designs in this caliber tend to be a little slicker than the .308, and a little easier to stabilize. I want to make it clear that 6.5 Creedmoor perfor- mance is not spectacular. That is, it does not carry any significant terminal performance over similar cartridges. It is better because the design of this cartridge makes it easy for it to be consistent. Why is it successful? First: It had the entire Hornady team behind it. Second: It is designed around common components. Third: Both auto and bolt gun shooters carried the 6.5 Creedmoor flag. I'm sure the designers of 6.5 Creedmoor did not have "commercial success" on their minds for this cartridge. DeMille likely had the same outlook I have seen from the shooters with whom I have shot rifle matches over the years. He wanted to win competitions using whatever engineer- ing advantage one can get from cartridge design. Having said this, Hornady now Cartridge Review: 6.5 Creedmoor Test results through the barrel of a Savage AXIS II XP SIG SAUER sent us two cartridge combinations to test: 140 grain OTM Match Grade Rifle Cartridges (2,690 ft./s at 2,249 foot-pounds) and 6.5 Creedmoor HT rounds (2,825 ft./s at 2,126 foot-pounds). If I were to recommend a 120-grain combination, the HT is definitely the way to go. It did an outstanding job in crosswinds, yet produced ver y low recoil. SIG SAUER rifle rounds have a cannelured crimp, which looks unusual, but performs extremely well.

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