The 6.5 Creedmoor has been peaking in popularity since 2007 as more and more gun manufacturers chamber the flat-shooting cartridge. Not all reloading books go into much depth on this caliber though. Sierra Bullets recently published 8 pages of data for the 6.5 Creedmoor which should please a lot of bench shooters.
Sierra Bullets also gave an overview of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge for those who are uninitiated:
Developed in 2007 by Dennis DeMille and Dave Emary, the 6.5 Creedmoor is a shortened and improved 30 TC cartridge case that was inspired by the .308 Winchester design. This short action design was created to maximize case capacity and a wide range of loading lengths, while still fitting in standard short action magazines. With the correct twist barrel, the versatile 6.5 Creedmoor can take advantage of the wide range of bullet weights available in 6.5mm. Reloaders should keep in mind that the 6.5 Creedmoor works best with medium to medium-slow powders such as H4350, Varget, Win 760, and RE-17. The light recoil and adaptability of the efficient 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge has already proven itself in high power, precision rifle series and benchrest competitions. Couple that with respectable barrel life and its intrinsic accuracy potential and you have a recipe for success which should insure its legacy for decades to come.
With Sierra Bullets’ Matchking and Tipped Matchking offerings, this should give long-range shooters plenty of food for thought with their reloading.