Practical Overview Of 6.5 Creedmoor Ballistics


6.5 Creedmoor ballistics are a thing of beauty and make the cartridge more than simply a long-range flyer.

What makes the Creedmoor so ballistically talented:

  • Designed with long-range match shooting in mind, 6.5 Creedmoor ballistics are among the best in caliber.
  • Improving 6.5 Creedmoor ballistics, excellent bullets with very high ballistic coefficients.
  • Their BCs helps them slip air resistence while minimizing wind drift.
  • Given its exceptional sectional density, 6.5 Creedmoor excellent hunting round that packs a punch when it reaches its target.

Among small-bore cartridges with headline status these days, the 6.5 Creedmoor ranks among the most unlikely—and the most useful! It emerged from the house of Hornady in 2008, brainchild of senior ballistician Dave Emary, who tapped competitive shooters like Dennis DeMille for ideas on 1,000-yard cartridges. A long-range marksman himself, Emary necked the .30 T/C hull (another Hornady product), to .264. The compact case kept overall length within limits imposed by short actions. Dave applied powder technology from Hornady’s then-new Superformance Ammunition, to get blistering velocity.

With a good rifle and solid ammunition, 6.5 Creedmoor ballistics are among the best

The 6.5 Creedmoor is more than a flat-shooting, light-recoiling target cartridge. It’s also ideal for deer and antelope. Not long after it hit shelves, Todd Seyfert, at Magnum Research, shipped me a rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor on a long 700 action. Its carbon fiber barrel had a stainless core rifled by Kreiger. GreyBull Precision provided the stock and a 4.5-14x Leupold. Prone with a sling, I was soon hitting plates at 500 yards.

In New Mexico, my hunting partner called a coyote across a mesa. At 250 yards, the dog collapsed to the bite of my 129-grain SST. That rifle also toppled an elk with one shot at longer range than I’d ever before killed an elk. Civil, accurate, and potent, the 6.5 Creedmoor challenges the .270 Winchester at the muzzle.

Downrange, the high ballistic coefficients of the 6.5’s 129- and 140-grain bullets give it an edge. Truly versatile, the Creedmoor has more sauce than a 6.5×55. Its 1.92-inch case accommodates VLD bullets in short magazines better than does the superb, but under-sung, .260 Remington. Light recoil and efficient burn suit it to compact, featherweight hunting rifles. Pressure is 60,190 psi, standard rifling twist is 1:10.

6.5 Creedmoor ballistics tables

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Wayne von Zwoll's book Mastering the Art of Long Range Shooting.

44-Targetposters-pack-GD-reduced-300NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Storm Tactical Printable Target Pack

62 Printable MOA Targets with DOT Drills - Rifle Range in YARDS This impressive target pack from our friends at Storm Tactical contains 62 printable targets for rifle and handgun range use. Target grids and bullseye sizes are in MOA. Ideal for long-range shooting!

Subscribe to the Gun Digest email newsletter and we'll send your print-at-home target pack right away. Just enter your email address below.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.