Howa has gone 6.5 Creedmoor, offering the better part of its rifle collection in the accurate cartridge.
Howa has gone 6.5 Creedmoor, offering the better part of its rifle collection in the accurate cartridge.

Dynamite on everything from small to medium sized game, the 6.5 Creedmoor has plenty of versatility. But, in all actuality, the cartridge is a specialist.

When it comes to tapping tacks a zip code away, few rounds match the consistency and accuracy of the Creedmoor. The flat-shooting round’s bullets offer some of the highest ballistic coefficients around and they are backed by plenty of cartridge space to really get them moving.

Apparently, these desirable attributes have not been missed by Howa Rifles, because the Japanese company has gone in big on the cartridge. Howa recently announced it is now offering a good share of its rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor.

The new chambering is available in the following models and packages: the Alpine Mountain Rifle, Kryptek Highlander/Cerakote finish, Black or OD Green Hogue stocks (blued or Cerakote Gray finish on metal parts), the Howa/Hogue/Nikko Stirling Gameking Package, Howa/Hogue Youth 2•N•1 Package with youth and adult stocks as well as Ranchland Compact Packages.

The Alpine Mountain Rifle in Creedmoor could make an interesting package, in particular.

The rifle is feather light (5.7 pounds), designed for hunters who push deep into the backcountry. The Creedmoor’s superior ballistics could be just the ticket for those who tramp along ridgelines and sometimes have to pull the trigger on a long shot. As a bonus, the 6.5’s light recoil has the potential to lessen the rifle’s punishment.

Depending on the model, Howa is offering the 6.5 Creedmoor with a 22-inch standard barrel and 24-inch heavy barrel. In the future, the company plans to offer a lightweight 20-inch barrel version.


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