6.5 Creedmoor

Overview


The 6.5mm Creedmoor, designated 6.5 Creedmoor by SAAMI, 6,5 Creedmoor by the C.I.P. or 6.5 CM or 6.5 CRDMR for short, is a centerfire rifle cartridge introduced by Hornady in 2007 as a modification of the 6.5 Carcano and the .30 TC, and is based on the .308 Winchester. It was developed in partnership by Hornady Senior Ballistics Scientist Dave Emary and Dennis DeMille, VP of product development for Creedmoor Sports, hence the name. The cartridge was designed specifically for long-range target shooting, although it has success in game hunting. Bullet-for-bullet, the 6.5mm Creedmoor achieves a slower muzzle velocity than longer cartridges such as the 6.5-284 Norma or magnum cartridges such as the 6.5mm Remington Magnum. However, due to its overall length of 2.825 inches (71.8 mm), it is capable of chambering in short-action rifles.

Sellier & Bellot 140gr FMJ


A 140 grain Full Metal Jacket loading of the 6.5 Creedmoor, currently the primary issue 6.5 Creedmoor round for USSOCOM.

Sierra Match King 150gr


Sierra Match King is a precision engineered projectile designed for accurate long range shooting. This 150gr variant is unusually heavy for a SMK round.

Tipped Match King 107gr


Tipped Match King is a variant of the Sierra Match King that has a closed tip which helps improve its ballistic coefficient through the reduction of bullet drag.

Tipped Match King 130gr


Tipped Match King is a variant of the Sierra Match King that has a closed tip which helps improve its ballistic coefficient through the reduction of bullet drag.

Sierra Match King 123gr


Sierra Match King is a precision engineered projectile designed for accurate long range shooting.

Sierra Match King 142gr


Sierra Match King is a precision engineered projectile designed for accurate long range shooting.

Matrix 160gr


Matrix 160gr is a FMJ load designed by Matrix Ballistics for long range precision shooting.

Lehigh Controlled Chaos


Lehigh Controlled Chaos is designed to burst the bullet into numerous particles at a predetermined depth creating many wounds and a large temporary cavity. 

Lehigh Match Solid


Lehigh Match Solid rounds are made from a single piece of machined metal to remove manufacturing variations making the round great for repeatable accuracy at range.

Interlock 160gr


Hornady Interlock ammunition is a projectile design meant to keep the bullets jacket connected to the bullets body to improve penetration capabilities deep into a target.

Browning Expansion Tip 129gr


Browning Expansion Tip is a round intended for hunting which utilises a expanding bullet tip designed to create a larger wound channel in a target.

Browning Expansion Tip 129gr


Browning Expansion Tip is a round intended for hunting which utilises a expanding bullet tip designed to create a larger wound channel in a target.

Hornady ELD-M


A custom load with Hornady Exteme Low Drag Match projectile. Specifically loaded to be subsonic yet retain accuracy.

SOCOM Aeroshell


SOCOM Aeroshell is a 6.5 Creedmoor Sniper Armor Piercing round designed specifically to meet a set of requirements laid out by US Special Operations Command for a highly accurate and powerful 6.5 load capable of penetrating body armor at significant distances.

Lapua ScenarL


Lapua’s Scenar-L bullet is the result of decades of experience and state of the art manufacturing capabilities combined with extensive testing. The Scenar-L has the refined qualities of the original Scenar bullet with higher standards of jacket wall concentricity, weight variation and dimensional uniformity. Scenar-L has truly earned its reputation as the go-to bullet for the best possible results in long range rifle shooting. For top shooters in the world in benchrest, long range or F-class, Scenar-L is the ultimate match bullet, proven by the countless long range records set using it.

Berger OTM Tactical


These Tactical bullets are designed to bridge the gap between functionality and the highest possible ballistic performance. They are also made with thicker jackets, allowing them to perform reliably under the most abusive conditions found in tactical competition, tactical situations and in combat.

Hornady VMAX 95gr


Hornady VMAX is a round designed for small game and varmints. While not greatly suited to hunting people it does provide higher velocities than a majority of other 6.5 Creedmoor offerings giving it some benefit over other 6.5 loads.

Lapua Mega 156gr


Lapua Mega is a soft pointed big game hunting round for the 6.5 Creedmoor. It is designed to massively expand upon impact causing massive wounds in large game.

Barnes TTSX 100gr


Barnes Tipped Triple Shock-X is a hunting round designed to expand upon impact. It expands into three razor sharp fins that cause massive amounts of internal damage in a short amount of time. 

 

 

Stats


Note: 343.2 m/s is the subsonic barrier - anything below that is considered subsonic. Subsonic ammunition removes the bullet crack down range making the round better suited to stealth.

Ammunition Type Damage Bullet Velocity (m/s) Barrier Penetration Armor Piercing
Sellier and Bellot 140gr FMJ 9.3 810 1.95 4
Sierra Match King 150gr 10.6 899 1.56 5
Tipped Match King 107gr 9.75 1021 1.2 11
Sierra Match King 123gr 9.95 928 1.45 11
Sierra Match King 142gr 10 902 1.48 11
Tipped Match King 130gr 10.73 912 1.25 6
Matrix 160gr 10.3 811 1.78 6
Lehigh Controlled Chaos 10.44 853 1.34 4
Lehigh Match Solid 10.24 1280 1.65 6
Interlock 160gr 10.5 859 2.3 6
Browning Expansion Tip  10.65 868 0.89 6
Hornady ELD-M 10.4 320 1.56 6
SOCOM Aeroshell 8.2 995 6.7 90
Lapua Scenar-L 10.4 918 1.72 4
Berger OTM 10.7 868 2.15 4
Hornady 95gr VMAX 6.4 1194 3.12 4.5
Lapua Mega 156gr 11.1 843 2.6 4.3
Barnes TTSX 100gr 10.3 993 1.95 4

Note: Barrier penetration represents the rounds ability to go through walls and barriers. Armor piercing represents the rounds ability to penetrate body armor plates.