These are the best rifles in 6mm Creedmoor.
These days, it seems hunters are always looking for the next great long-range shooting hunting cartridges that have low recoil and are extremely flat shooting. The 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge is just one of these rounds. It has managed to reach a legendary status in only just over a decade on the market. However, for some shooters that wasn't good enough. They wanted something more.
This resulted in the 6.5 Creedmoor being necked down again to produce the new 6mm Creedmoor. Although this rifle cartridge is still new to the market, it has quickly gained a reputation as a real winner in competitive target shooting circles.
However, it's also starting to take off a bit as a dynamite hunting cartridge for varmints, pronghorn antelope, and deer. Let's examine this interesting round a little more in depth. We'll also suggest some hunting rifles you might consider for next season.
6mm Creedmoor the round
As we've already mentioned, this short-action round has 6.5 Creedmoor as a parent case. In fact, if you put the two side by side, it can be hard to tell them apart. Be careful not to mix and match Creedmoor ammunition if you own both calibers as they are not compatible. The 6mm has a slightly shorter case length. Outdoor Life's John Snow came up with the original idea back in 2009. Basically, he wanted to see what would happen if you necked down the Creedmoor even more to take down the recoil even more without sacrificing the long-range capabilities of the projectiles. A custom rifle for the new 6mm cartridge was built by GA Precision rifles and tested by snow. However, the idea didn't take off right away. It wasn't until a few years later when the new wildcat round started dominating long range competitions.
After that, the popularity of the centerfire round took off and firearm and ammo manufacturers noticed. You will often use comparisons to the .243 Winchester because it uses the same size bullets. This round has proven extremely popular with reloading enthusiasts as the handloads with Hornady, Barnes, or Nosler 6mm bullets tend to group much tighter. Although there's still some impressive speeds and trajectories demonstrated by the factory loads.
Speaking of muzzle velocity, you can get some seriously impressive speeds depending on the bullet weight. For instance, the boattail Hornady 103-grain ELD-X Precision Hunter does just over 3,000 fps from the muzzle and nearly 2,700 fps at 200 yards. Even out to 500 yards, it's still over 2,100 fps. Drop that down to a light 87-grain Hornady V-Max, and you're looking at over 3,200 fps at the muzzle and 2,962 fps at 100 yards. The predators and varmints will never know what hit them. Nosler Trophy Grade factory loads with polymer tips offer similar performance 3,000 fps speeds and ballistic coefficients.
Is the 6mm Creedmoor a good hunting round?
The answer to this is a resounding 'yes.' Especially if you are looking for something that can reach out and knock down predators and medium-sized game at a distance with less recoil. It's easily handled by youth hunters for that reason. Probably the only reason it hasn't taken off more is that it's not quite as versatile as the 6.5 Creedmoor. Most factory ammo is in the 85 to 108-grain range. Most agree the 6mm Creed is probably best in the 140 to 150 grain range at most, which probably leaves the 6mm caliber bullets just a little underpowered for larger animals like elk.
However, coyotes, whitetails, mule deer, pronghorns, and even bighorn sheep and mountain goats should go down quickly or on the spot with a 6mm Creedmoor. It is something of a niche round at this point, but one that will put meat in the freezer each season in the right hands. If you're comfortable with something like the .243 Winchester for deer, odds are you will like the 6mm Creedmoor. Now, let's check out some of the rifles on the market these days for this interesting round.
Savage Arms 110 Elite Precision Rifle Series
Savage Arms were one of the earliest supporters of 6mm Creedmoor and these bolt action rifles are some of the most popular on the market for precision shooting. They have that buttery-smooth Model 110 action in a rifle built for reaching out to ridiculous distances with match bullets. The 6mm version has a 26-inch barrel length with a 1:7.5 twist rate and is fed through a 10-round detachable box magazine. The stock is skeletonized and made from aluminum with a Cerkote finish. There is also a muzzle brake and Savage's popular AccuTrigger system which allows you to fine-tune the trigger pull for optimum accuracy.
Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Long Range McMilan
This one is a little on the expensive side, but if you're looking for a high-quality 6mm Creedmoor for serious hunting, the Hell's Canyon should do the job. It comes in just a little over seven pounds in weight and features a 26-inch barrel with a 1:7.5 twist rate to help you take advantage of the excellent ballistics of this round. The barrel and receiver are a sharp burnt bronze Cerakote to help protect it from the elements. This rifle features a sporter stock with a pistol grip like what the Marines use on their precision rifles. If it helps them on the battlefield, it will help you put venison in the freezer season after season.
Ruger American Rifle Predator
Many 6mm Creedmoors on the market today are precision rifles with high price tags. The Ruger is a much more affordable package for the hunter on a budget who just wants to take down coyotes and deer at a distance. This rifle weighs a light 6.6 pounds thanks to the Moss Green synthetic stock. It comes with a 22-inch alloy steel barrel with a matte black finish. It has a 1:7.7 twist rate. The three-lug bolt has a 70-degree throw to help cycle faster and cleaner. Mount the optic of your choice to the picatinny base already mounted on the gun. The MSRP on this gun is affordable at $639, but you'll likely find it for much less from your favorite firearms dealer.
Bergara Premier LRP
It's telling that Bergara guarantees sub-MOA groups at 100 yards with factory match grade ammunition with this gun. You don't make claims like that without backing them up. This precision rifle comes in a little lighter than some others on the market at around 9.3 pounds. It has a 26-inch Cerakote graphite barrel with a threaded muzzle ready for a suppressor. Bergara made sure the comb, buttstock, and length of pull are all adjustable to each shooter's frame thanks to the XLR chassis. The action uses a two-lug design and a floating bolt head for a silky smooth and reliable action. If you are looking to reach out to 500 yards or more, this is a gun that can do it extremely well.
Springfield Armory 2020 Waypoint Rifle
This option combines the best of both worlds, a rugged hunting rifle with a precision competition rifle meant for long distance shooting. Springfield Armory makes a .75 MOA accuracy guarantee for three rounds at 100 yards. These rifles come with a carbon fiber stock that helps keep the weight down. The stocks are custom painted and come with an adjustable comb. SA's 'Triggertech' system allows you to adjust the trigger from 2.5 to five pounds. They're fed through five-round AICS short action magazines. We love the barrel options with this one. Springfield Armory offers everything from a 22-inch fluted stainless steel Cerakote to a more compact 20-inch carbon fiber Cerakote option.
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