Thompson/Center Compass Now in 6.5 Creedmoor

Thompson Center Compass 6.5 Creedmoor

It seems that 2017 may be the real breakout year for the 6.5 Creedmoor. I don’t think I’ve seen as many new ammo loads and rifles being introduced in this caliber before now. Thompson/Center just happens to be the latest company to throw in with its Compass rifle.

The Compass is designed as a value priced rifle with a MSRP of $399. For that money, you get a bolt gun with a detachable 5-round magazine, adjustable trigger and synthetic stock. The rotary magazine fits flush to the stock and the 5R rifled barrel is threaded for the addition of a brake or suppressor. On this rifle, the barrel length is 24″. Although some promotional photos of this gun show a mounted scope, Thompson/Center does not include one at the $399 price.

As I mentioned, I’ve seen a lot of 6.5 Creedmoor products rolling out ahead of the SHOT Show. Smith & Wesson, a sister company of Thompson/Center, also announced a new AR-style rifle chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor. Several other rifle companies, including Mossberg, Fierce Arms, Savage, Weatherby, Christensen Arms, Bergara, 2A Armament and Browning, are also introducing rifles in the caliber. There are also a number of new ammo loads coming from the major companies like Hornady and Federal.

The 6.5 Creedmoor offers a lot of advantages for long range shooters, so it should not be any surprise the cartridge has caught on. Do you shoot a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle? Thinking about it?

Richard Johnson

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  • Tom Stearns

    I’ve closely followed the 6.5 Creedmoor since it was introduced. I’m saving my nickels for a long rang precision rifle and it WILL be in 6.5 Creedmoor.

  • Keiichi

    I recently put together a rifle with the intention to join the precision long range competition crowd – Tikka T3x Lite as a base, MDT HS3 chassis, Vortex Viper PST 4-16 ffp scope, etc.

    Only thing left is to rebarrel from the hunting profile .308 to a 6.5 Creedmoor with something like a medium palma profile and threaded muzzle.

    It is quite exciting to see support for the cartridge continuing to grow.

    • gusto

      why didn’t you get a tikka varmint, tactical or sporter in 6,5×55?

      • Keiichi

        For a variety of reasons.

  • Jake

    Glad to see yet another new rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. With each new announcement it becomes less of a niche round and more of a new staple.

  • Tassiebush

    Seems like a good deal!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    All aboard the 6.5 Creedmoor hype train. It’s time for military and police units to replace their firearms chambered in .308.

    • Anonymoose

      You’d have a smoothbore M240 really quickly that way, and sniper rifles need to go in the opposite direction (wider and longer, as in .338), but there is this:

      • Marcus D.

        Few sniper shots taken by police are over 100 yards, for which purpose a .223 with the appropriate bullet such as the M855A1 should be more than sufficient. To tell the truth, I have never understood why a few PDs in California (LA I seem to recall was one) that insisted on buying Barret .50 BMGs.

        • Anonymoose

          Because they can and the normies can’t. Maybe the cops should use .22-250s like the Aussie military? Reduced chance of ricochet and only sufficient penetration, with enough range to push out a long way if they do need to…

        • Nashvone

          Barret doesn’t sell to any LE in California since they can’t sell to the civilians there.

          • Marcus D.

            Barret stopped selling to and servicing weapons previously sold to CA LE–which means that LE had purchased those rifles.

      • MeaCulpa

        I’m not so sure about the m240 thing, the Swedish Ksp58 (same gun as an m240) was originally chambered in 6.5×55 and that worked quite well.

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    With Lapua now making brass for the 6.5 Creedmoor I don’t see any remaining benefit to the .260 or the 6.5×47 Lapua. The horror….the horror…

  • Mark Horning

    I like the controls on the Ruger quite a bit more, but it is certainly nice to see another rifle chambered in a 6.5 caliber.