Since its birth in the heart of Nebraska a decade ago, the 6.5 Creedmoor has taken the shooting world by storm. What’s not to like about Hornady-designed round? It’s flat shooting, its bullets offer superior ballistics, and it’s a pussycat to shoot, even for the recoil shy.
With these considerations in mind, it’s been little surprise to see more and more manufacturers chambering rifles for this competition and medium-sized game round. The latest to go Creedmoor — Thompson/Center Arms. And the company isn’t just sticking its toe into the 6.5 waters.
The Massachusetts gun maker announced it’s taking a full-fledged plunge into the highly accurate round. Four of the company’s centerfire rifle models are now being offered in the 6.5 Creedmoor, with accessory barrels also being available in the caliber. Thompson/Center’s Compass and Venture Weather Shield are available in Creedmoor as complete rifles, while the Dimension and Encore Pro Hunter can be outfitted with 6.5 accessory barrels. The barrel for the Dimension comes with a magazine kit.
The four new guns will each be rifled with a 1:8″ twist rate, which will give shooters the ability to shoot heavier bullets, 140 grains and up, with confidence the projectiles will stabilize. The barrel lengths, however, differ with the Encore Pro Hunter boasting a 28-inch fluted barrel, while the other models have 22-inch barrels.
The new 6.5 Creedmoor Compass has an MSRP of $399, while the Venture has an MSRP of $578. The MSRP for the accessory barrels was not available at time of writing.
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