CHOOSING THE CALIBER

July 25 2017

How we arrived at the 6.5 Creedmoor

There are countless reasons for the rise in popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor in recent years. It shoots fast and flat with light recoil. Its bullets generally have exceptional sectional densities and ballistic coefficients, which translate to great terminal performance. Its versatility for any number of hunting and shooting applications is unrivaled among short-action cartridges. For all those reasons and more, choosing to chamber the Ultimate Sheep Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor was a no-brainer.

This gun is built to easily handle shots to 600 yards. Given the topographical complexities of sheep country and the animal recovery challenges they can pose, Hairston prefers not to engage sheep past that distance. That said, he always does everything in his power to get as close to his target as possible before squeezing the trigger. Regardless of his rangefinder’s readout, though, Hairston will be able to have confidence that the 6.5 Creedmoor will do the job.

In a future post, we’ll get into the ballistics of the 127-grain Barnes LRX bullet and the 6.5 Creedmoor VOR-TX LR load that Hairston will hunt with.