These are the best 6.5 Creedmoor rifle options on the market today.
No rifle round on the market today is more controversial than 6.5 Creedmoor. The debates over this round vs .308 Winchester are already legendary. However, today we're not here to talk about that debate. That is something for a whole other article.
Instead we're going to focus on the best rifles on the market chambered in this interesting round. The 6.5 Creedmoor is a fine and proven effective long-range round, so we focused mostly on precision bolt-actions here, but you'll find one semi-auto too.
Creedmoor the round.
How did a short-action rifle cartridge that was only designed in 2007 by Hornady become one of the most popular on the market for long range shooting? The answer comes in excellent ballistic coefficients combined with blazing speeds and less recoil than a larger rifle. The 6.5 Creedmoor bullet is almost identical to the .260 Remington. The difference is that the 6.5 Creedmoor's ammo is a slightly better design that gives the round more speed, more stopping power and less wind drift.
Let's dive into the numbers a little. As we have reported in the past, speeds vary based on the type of ammo, but the Creedmoor delivers more than enough power to drop a whitetail or mule deer. Take the 129-grain Hornady SST, which travels about 2223 feet per second, delivering 1,400 food pounds of energy. The slightly lighter 120-grain GMX Superformance delivers near-identical ballistics. Rounds like the ELD Match 140-grain bullet deliver a bit more power, 1,482-foot pounds of energy while offering a slightly slower speeds at 2,184 fps. In any case, all three of these rounds are winners for the precision hunter who demands stopping power on long-range targets.
Many in the precision shooting world wonder just how fast this round can get. There have been rumors of setups reaching 3,000 fps, but manufacturer specs seem to speak otherwise. One of the faster listed rounds we found was the polymer-tip 129-grain Nosler AccuBond, which boasts 2,675 fps at 100 yards, delivering up to 2,049-foot pounds of energy to the target. In any case, these speeds are what help these rounds easily reach out to 400 yards or more. That's important when you're hunting the open areas of the west and stalking into close range is more difficult.
Winchester Model 70 Super Grade
When it comes to hunting rifles, it's hard to go wrong with a classic. Model 70s have dropped thousands of deer across America over the years. Now you can hunt with one chambered in one of the most popular hunting cartridges out there. The Model 70 features a fee-floating 22-inch barrel length and a forged steel receiver. The MOA trigger system is designed for zero creep and over travel. A generous recoil pad helps soak up the recoil, helping you shoot more accurately. This gun has 5+1 capacity. The stock is a beautiful maple wood. The rifle is pre-drilled and tapped for mounting a rifle scope. This gun combines the reliability of an older, proven design with the power and accuracy of a newer round.
Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon
Aside from having an awesome name, the X-Bolt gets high marks for its accuracy and ergonomics. This gun has a fluted, 26-inch Cerakote-coated barrel with a 1:7 rate of twist. An integrated muzzle brake helps reduce recoil and increase accuracy even more. It has a 4+1 capacity in the detachable magazine. The trigger is adjustable between three and five pounds depending on your preferences. The whole package comes in at 7.75 pounds which is just right for most hunting uses. The McMillian synthetic stock is covered with a camo finish. This is an expensive rifle, but it is one you'll be using for big game hunting adventures for years to come.
Kimber Hunter Pro Bolt-Action Rifle
You may know Kimber for their handguns, but they make fine hunting rifles too. Unsurprisingly, the Hunter Pro is a beauty. This is a solid option if you're looking for a much lighter and shorter gun. Their Creedmoor bolt action rifle comes in at an incredibly light five pounds and has a 22-inch stainless steel threaded barrel that is also fitted with a muzzle break. The action is also stainless steel and features a claw extractor. The stock is made of a composite material and features an O2 Octane camo pattern. The trigger is match grade and is fully adjustable. There is a lot to like about the Kimber for the $949 price tag.
Remington Model 700 Magpul Bolt-Action
This rifle takes the classic Remington Model 700 design and gives it a high-quality magpul stock in a black cerakote finish for more adjustability and precision over longer distances. With this gun you can adjust both the comb and the length of pull to whatever best suits your needs. At the same time, the rifle is compact thanks to a 22-inch heavy barrel with a 1:8 rate of twist. The barrel is also threaded. It has a 5+1 capacity and the trigger is adjustable. It is a little heavy at nine pounds, but this gun is a true tack driver that will help you reach out across long distance for clean shots on predators, varmints and deer.
Savage Axis II XP
If you're looking for a bolt action on a budget, the Axis from Savage Arms is a firearm to consider. At just $349, it's a bargain. As a bonus, they make this gun in a slightly smaller and lighter youth model for younger hunters. The standard version comes in at 7.36 pounds with a 4+1 capacity and a 22-inch barrel with a 1:8 rate of twist. The receiver is a light carbon steel. The safety system is a reliable two-position tang. The synthetic stock is pre-dipped in a True Timber Strata camo finish. As another bonus, it also comes straight from the factory with a 3-9x40mm weaver scope that is already bore sighted. This is a great gun for someone just getting started in hunting.
Savage MSR 10 Hunter
If you live feral hog country, you need a hard-hitting, semi-automatic capable of taking out whole groups of pigs in a hurry. That is where this Savage tactical rifle can help. This AR-style gun has a capacity of 20+1 rounds thanks to the Magpul magazine. A Blackhawk pistol grip helps provide ergonomics and control. The carbine stock has six adjustable positions for different shooters and the 18-inch barrel is fluted. This rifle also features a free float M-LOK handguard. The flat top allows you to attach your choice of optics for the type of area you'll be hunting. This rifle starts at about $1,300.
Ruger American Rifle Predator
The American Rifle line has proven to be a huge hit for Ruger. These mid-priced rifles offer exceptional accuracy at a price most average hunters can easily afford. The Predator features a cold hammer forged free-floating barrel that is 22 inches long with a 1:8 rate of twist. The whole package is only 42 inches long and weighs just 6.6 pounds thanks to the light composite stock. This gun was made for long spot and stalks in open country. The trigger pull can be adjusted between three and five pounds. The magazine provides a 4+1 capacity. For $500, this is a solid rifle that will put plenty of meat in the freezer season after season.
Daniel Defense Delta 5
This is another high precision rifle designed for reaching out to long distances. In fact, the company says they guarantee it will shoot .75 minute of angle (MOA) or less at 100 yards out of the box. A bold claim. This is something of a cross rifle, combining features of an AR platform into a bolt-action design. This rifle has a pre-threaded, 24-inch stainless steel, cold hammered barrel. The single stage trigger is adjustable between 1.5 to four pounds. This rifle has a three-lug bolt with a 60 degree throw and floating bolt head. This is a highly customizable firearm, featuring 11 M-LOK slots on the polymer stock. The magazine capacity is 5+1 rounds. It is hefty at 9.5 pounds, but this rifle is a tack driver that you can trust to drop big game quickly and humanely.
Christensen Arms Ridgeline
Another high-grade hunting rifle for men and women looking for serious performance. The Ridgeline features a carbon fiber wrapped, 24-inch, free-floating barrel with a 1:8 rate of twist. It also comes with a removable muzzle brake. The light barrel material and carbon fiber stock give this rifle an incredible light weight of just 6.25 pounds. Christensen Arms guarantees sub 1-MOA accuracy with their guns out of the box. The match grade trigger can be adjusted from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. Some other features of this gun include an M-16-style extractor, spot bedding and a LimbSaver recoil pad. Christensen Arms guns aren't cheap, but this rifle has a fantastic look are users praise it for the crisp trigger and excellent accuracy.
Bergara B-14 HMR Hunting/Match
This is one of the highest-rated rifles on the Cablea's website. Bergara combined features from high-end hunting rifles with those of precision competition guns to create a hybrid hunting/match gun that gets high praise for its tight groupings. The 24-inch barrel is pre-threaded for a suppressor and features a 1:8 rate of twist. The barrel is also free floating thanks to the aluminum mini-chassis. The HMR stock has an adjustable cheek riser and multiple flash cup mounts so you can attach a bipod or other accessories for even more accuracy. It's probably not a spot and stalk gun because of the 9.25-pound weight, but you can rest assured deer and other predators will be well within range of this firearm.
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