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The 6.5 Comes Alive…Again

Old and new, left to right: 6.5x53R, 6.5×54 MS, 6.5×55 Swedish Mauser, .256 Newton, .260 Remington, 6.5mm Creedmoor. Of the older cartridges, only the 6.5×55 remains popular, but the Creedmoor is the most popular non-military 6.5mm cartridge the world has ever seen

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you must be aware that the 6.5mm Creedmoor is the hottest centerfire cartridge on the planet! Everybody’s talking about it and everybody wants one. Gunmakers are Continue reading The 6.5 Comes Alive…Again


Past Wildcats Revisited

6.5-Creedmoor-ammo-match-pkg-072816A few months ago, I committed a faux pas. Writing about the 6.5 Creedmoor, a cartridge I admire very much, I was imprudent enough to compare it to an ancient wildcat, the 6.5-.250 Savage Improved. Continue reading Past Wildcats Revisited


Left to Right 6.5x54 Mannlicher Shoenauer, 2x 6.5x54 K Mauser, .256 Gibbs Rimmed
Left to Right 6.5×54 Mannlicher Shoenauer, 2x 6.5×54 K Mauser, .256 Gibbs Rimmed

The 6.5×54 Mannlicher-Schönauer is, by modern standards, a distinctly puny cartridge. With its 160-grain bullet at 2,330 feet per second, it generates only 1,740 ft. lbs. of energy at the muzzle. This puts it on a par with the old .30 Remington, a round that was judged anemic even for whitetails in the early 1900s. Continue reading REINVENTING (OR AT LEAST RENAMING) THE WHEEL