Early this week Hornady announced the release of a brand new ammunition – the 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) – “designed to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, flat trajectory and extended range performance in a sensibly designed compact package.”
We announced on Facebook shortly thereafter that we are one of the first 6 rifle manufacturers offering a rifle chambered in the new round that has been dubbed the “big brother” to the 6.5 Creedmoor.
The announcement was met with a number of questions … Where does it in the realm between the 6.5 CM and the 6.5 GAP 4s? … What does it offer that the 6.5 gap or saum doesn’t already? … Why didn’t they just standardize the GAP 4s/ 6.5 SAUM?
From what we’ve seen popping up in the forums about the 6.5 PRC, it’s creating two polarized crowds. We saw this same reaction when they first released factory 6.5 Creedmoor ammo.
Here’s why we are excited about the 6.5 PRC:
Knockdown power – When looking at the 6.5 Creedmoor – which is arguably one of the most versatile rounds that’s ever been created and one of Derrick’s personal favorites – it still lacks the delivered energy for large game (elk, mule deer, bear) at long distances. And while mathematically, the delivered energy is technically there, it can leave shooters uneasy and wondering if it’s really a “good enough” round for big game/long distance hunting. The 6.5 PRC uses the same bullet weight as the 6.5 Creedmoor ammo (143 gr) but has increased speeds and in turn, higher delivered energy at longer distances.
Backcountry consideration – For the hunters headed to the backcountry on their big game pursuit, the 6.5 PRC will be one to consider and here’s why: you can run a short 20-22” barrel with a suppressor in the 6.5 PRC while maintaining the same velocity as a 24” 6.5 Creedmoor barrel. The shorter barrel will cut 3-4 ounces from the gun right off the end of a barrel and still have the knockdown power we listed above.
It offers factory loads – To some shooters, that’s not that big of a deal but while the specs of the 6.5 PRC doesn’t do much different than what the GAP or SAUM do (as questioned in our Facebook post), the availability of factory-loaded ammo is a big deal to some.
We use factory ammo whenever available to test shoot our rifles for our .5 MOA, or better, accuracy guarantee. Hornady makes some of the best, most consistent, factory ammo available today.
We’ve already got a 6.5 PRC rifle in the works and are excited to get our hands on the ammo and get shooting! We’ll keep you posted!