Long-range shooter Ray "RayDog" Sanchez summarized the Tubb rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor as "boringly accurate" at 1000 yards.
This is the third article I've written about mid-sized 6.5 mm cartridges in the last year. The first was .260 Remington, a .308 necked down to 6.5 mm (0.264-inch). The second was the 6.5x47 Lapua, which was designed by Lapua for 300-meter CISM competition and is about 0.3-inch shorter than the .260. Now the 6.5 Creedmoor joins the mix. Changing from the ubiquitous .308 to one of these 6.5 mm calibers is a big improvement, but how much difference is there between these three 6.5 mm calibers?
Despite the sub-freezing temperatures of the Colorado plains, the Tubb rifle and 6.5 Creedmoor made it easy for North Carolina shooter Tim Pack to make some of his first hits ever beyond 800 yards.
There will always be those who bash new cartridges, claiming that they don't do anything better than their favorite cartridge. By this logic, we'd all be shooting .30-06. Put simply, the 6.5 Creedmoor is what the .260 Remington should have been. It looks like Hornady has the right mind-set to make its new cartridge a success in the competitive and practical market, unlike Remington who basically let the .260 languish in a few hunting rifles. The 6.5 Creedmoor enjoys additional case capacity over the 6.5x47 Lapua, which allows better ballistics at a lower peak chamber pressure.
With the 6.5 Creedmoor, Hornady is offering a complete long-range solution, from a better case design through components to providing factory-duplicate load data. It provides ballistics conventionally limited to the big magnums in a low-recoil short-action cartridge. While it was designed specifically for NRA High-Power Long Range matches, it's an ideal cartridge for practical long-range shooting or general-purpose North-American hunting.