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Page 24 of 55 JUNE/JULY 2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 25 carries 6.5 Creedmoor in most of their rifle bullet lines. The 6.5 Creedmoor has some design features that tend to make cartridges inherently accurate. It has the same overall length as the .260 Remington, a well-known, flat shooting hunting cartridge. It has a longer neck and steeper (30 degree) shoulders. This puts the powder in a shorter chamber, which often gives more reliable igni- tion and burning. A short powder column makes for full case loads, which increases consistency. The long neck allows for premium long-range bullets and a longer crimping surface for even pressure around the cartridge. The neck also gives plenty of alignment sur- face for the bolt to seat it concentric to the barrel. Combined with a minimum taper in the base, the 6.5 Creedmoor allows for maximum alignment before bullet touches rifling. 1/8" rifling seems to be the sweet spot for bullets in the .260 range, and the case design allows for bullets with a long history of accuracy. The 6.5 Creedmoor can handle a wide range of bullet weights, from about 100 to 150 grains. The AXIS II XP liked bullets around 140 grains. Even with 120 grain bullets, I could shoot consistently into changing wind conditions. The further out I got, the more the 6.5 Creedmoor outdistanced my .308. Shooting through the Savage AXIS II XP I shot the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges through a Savage AXIS II XP, side- by-side against my AXIS .308, using a similar lineup of cartridges. I was the shooter, and although I know my .308 better, I shot the 6.5 more accurately and it did not punish my shoulder. At 6.3 pounds, the AXIS II XP is light for a 500-plus yard rifle, designed :/66;/6<:,:-0905.9(5.,:)<33,;;9(7:;(9.,;9,;90,=(3:@:;,4:)(--3,:)(330:;0*9<)),9 ,5/(5*05.7,9-694(5*, WITHOUT COMPROMISING SAFETY At Range Systems, performance and safety are the driving forces behind every shooting range we build. Engineered ^P[OZ[H[LVM[OLHY[IHSSPZ[PJY\IILYHUKHS^H`ZKLZPNULK^P[O`V\YL_HJ[Ă„YPUNHUK[HJ[PJHS[YHPUPUNULLKZPUTPUK Contact us for assistance at 1-888-202-0409 or visit us at The Federal Premium 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges functioned flawlessly in the Savage AXIS II XP rifle. This combination preferred the heavier 140 grain bullets over the 120 grain. Request information at

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