Hornady new rifle caliber: 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge)

In demanding long-range competitions such as the Precision Rifle Series (PRS), advanced precision rifles in calibers like the 6.5 Creedmoor are the preferred choice for professionals. In addition, rumors still persist that the US Army is interested in introducing a new sniper rifle caliber. Hornady has now developed the 6.5 PRC rifle caliber with which it has found the mark.

Features of the new Hornady 6.5 PRC Ammunition

The big brother of the hugely successful 6.5 Creedmoor is based on the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum (RCM) case. The case features a 30-degree shoulder angle as well as a 147-grain Hornady ELD match projectile with a diameter of 0.264″/ 6.5 mm that accelerates to around 887 m/s.

The cartridge is 75.18 mm long and comparable to existing calibers such as the .260 Remington, the .264 Winchester Magnum, the 6.5-284 Norma or the 6.5 SAUM (Short Action Ultra Magnum). It is intended to fit rifles with short/medium action sizes and is designed for barrels with a twist rate of 1-7  or 1-8.

The service life for absolute match precision is specified at about 2,200 rounds for the 6.5 PRC. This is comparable to other high-performance cartridges such as the 6.5-284 Norma.

Here are some basic ballistics data from the 6.5 PRC with the 147-grain ELD-Match projectile and its “Heat Shield” polymer projectile tip fired from a 24″/610 mm test barrel:

887 m/s3.747 J-3, 81 cm
100 yds845 m/s3.408 J3, 81 cm
200 yds806 m/s3.095 J0 cm /  zeroing
300 yds767 m/s2.805 J-16, 51 cm
400 yds730 m/s2.537 J-46, 73 cm
500 yds693 m/s2.290 J-92, 71 cm

New Hornady 6.5 PRC caliber: conclusions

According to the manufacturer, the new 6.5 PRC is about 65 to 80 m/s faster than the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Whether it shall prevail in the still booming scene of the tactical long-range rifle shooter remains to be seen.

The top shooters at least tend to use smaller calibers such as the 6-mm Creedmoor or the 6mm Dasher. These are not just a bit cheaper with regard to the price of the ammo, but more importantly they also generate less recoil.

In addition to the 6.5 PRC 147 grain ELD “Match” version for sports shooting, Hornady also offers a 6.5 PRC Precision “Hunter” version with a 143-grain ELD-X bullet for game hunting.

The new 6.5 PRC caliber in the Precision Hunter version 
Hornady also offers the new 6.5 PRC caliber in the Precision Hunter version with an ELD-X bullet for game hunting.

More information about Hornady products can be found directly on the manufacturer’s website.

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