Cadex Defense releases rifles in .260 REM, 6.5 Creedmoor

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Canadian firearms company, Cadex Defense, maker of precision rifles, is now taking orders for their Guardian Lite, and Guardian Tac rifles in .260 Remington or 6.5 Creedmoor. They come in five different colors, and can be ordered in either 24 inch or 26 inch barrel lengths. Both of these cartridges are wildcat rounds that have seen some success among the target and competition shooting crowds. The .260 Remington because the trajectory mimics a .300 Winchester Magnum, without the recoil, and is well suited for actions designed around the .308 round. While the 6.5mm Creedmoor has achieved success because it is a high powered round with good downrange ballistics, while matching the rough profile of a .223, and thus being able to be used in AR rifles because of this. Both of these offerings seem to be aimed at the competition crowd with their calibers, than any military or LE endeavor. Don’t confuse Cadex Defense with the other big name Canadian precision rifle company, PGW Defense, which does make rifles for the Canadian military. We recently saw some of this captured by rebels in Yemen. Something I didn’t know beforehand, is that Rob Furlong, the previous holder of the longest confirmed kill works for Cadex right now, similar to how Craig Harrison works for the British company Accuracy International. From what I can tell so far, this is a Canadian only offering, but I might be wrong and Cadex might be selling these rifles in the U.S. as well.

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Jwedel1231

    Ummm, neither .260 Rem nor 6.5 Creedmore are wildcat cartridges. Have you been living under a rock for the last 2 decades? Unless ‘wildcat’ now means a factory produced, SAAMI spec’ed rounds.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yea, a little weird.

      Maybe he confused Grendle and CM?

      • Mike

        Umm, Grendle? Grendel is SAAMI.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          For being 223 sized to fit in an AR obviously. Because nothing other than Grendel makes sense. Seeing as CM, 260, and 308 are all too large.

          • mig1nc

            Yeah. That is a head scratcher. Maybe I can give TFB the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant AR-10 instead of AR-15.

          • Jwedel1231

            6.5CM is regularly chambered into AR-10s. There is no excuse for the misinformation above.

    • Macht

      Additionally, they are almost identical from a ballistics perspective.

    • El Duderino

      Yeah definitely strange. .223 and 6.5CM have zero to do with one another. Neither it nor the .260 is a wildcat.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Cadex article that doesn’t mention ridiculous price or the very ridiculous weight… Ok.

  • dave

    tfb 101:
    how much?
    so i can compare it against against the rpr

    • Mack

      Wont even be in the same ballpark.

      Rough guess would be 6k

  • FightFireJay

    Neither are wildcats, neither fit AR-15, both have similar ballistics.

    The two cartridges ar so close they take the same bullets and use the same actions.

    WTF?

  • Ebby123

    MILES VINIG:
    There is a LOT wrong with this article:

    -The 6.5 Creedmoor is NOT the 6.5 Grendel. You are confusing the two.

    -Both the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 260REM mimic the trajectory of the 300WIN MAG.

    -The 6.5 Creedmoor is based on the .308WIN parent case, NOT the .223REM; it will NOT fit in an AR-15 platform, although both the 260 and the 6.5 Creed will work very well in a AR-10 platform.

    -Neither the 6.5 Creedmore or the 260REM are wildcat rounds.

    -Both the 6.5 Creed and the 260REM have been around for a long time.

    -Both rounds are extremely popular in PSR competitions – with the 6.5 Creedmoor being the more popular of the two for the reasons outlined below.

    The 260REM has been around longer, but its popularity was hampered by a lack of match-grade brass. Lapua now makes excellent brass for this cartridge. The 260 has slightly more case capacity than the 6.5 Creedmoor.

    The 6.5 Creedmoor was built from the ground up as a match cartridge, and its popularity is largely based on Hornady offering superb match grade ammo for it at a very reasonable price, as well as excellent match-grade brass.

    Ballisticly the two cartridges are so similar its effectively a wash between the two. The reason people choose one or the other is primarily cost. More guns have been made in 260 REM for hunting, but shooting competitions with 6.5 Creedmoor is usually more economical.

    Please do some research on the topic.

  • Eric B.

    I own a Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 CM that I will put up against ANY Cadex rifle for accuracy. Plus the RPR is far more customizable than most competition rifles.
    I plan to put a Bartlein 5R barrel on it when the excellent Ruger barrel is worn out. Then there will not be a competition rifle regardless of price that will be its better for accuracy.
    Finally, CADEX has the unfortunate habit of making their forearm diameter so large that it requires one to adjust the cheekpiece very high to line up with even a scope that is mounted so low the bell almost touches the Pic. rail. Just look at the US army’s XM 2012 .300 Win mag sniper rifle. It is CADEX designed and has that huge forearm and high scope. Meh…