Bergara B14 HMR In 6.5 Creedmoor

The Bergara B14 HMR is nothing short of an impressive collection of specs that will wow even the most discerning of buyer. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes the B14 HMR out to the range with the intention of finding out if all of those specs come together as a well-rounded rifle that is capable of hanging with some of the high-quality custom builds that it resembles. Unfortunately, the wind did not want to play nice and Patrick’s range day didn’t quite go as planned.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Heartbreaker

    It’s a very cool gun and I would be tempted to get one in 6.5CM, but only if they make a 24-26″ barrel. 22″ is a bit too short for 6.5CM.

    • iksnilol

      Nah, it’s just enough.

      • Anonymoose

        I guess if you think 16″ is enough for .308.

        • iksnilol

          *18″

          • Anonymoose

            12.7″

          • Nicks87

            Oh my!

          • Anonymoose

            I’m talking about the G3K. Did you think I meant something [LEWD]? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8661e00aae71db05b265cf4dfdcef9ffcd8a0c28b849a57df5ebbe9e3e359d5c.jpg

          • iksnilol

            A 22″ barrel on a 6.5 creed is like an 18″ on a 308. Just fine in other words.

          • Anonymoose

            Just fine for hunting within 500-600 yards, maybe not fine for 1000+ yard work.

          • iksnilol

            Nah, would be fine for 1000 meters. Stick to heavier bullets (140 grain) and Bob’s your uncle.

            308 in general isn’t suited for 1000 meters.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Right, 26″ is more necessary for something like 6.5-284 Norma due to its large, overbore case capacity. The Creedmoor is pretty effecient.

          • Dougscamo

            That photo is almost 6 years old….lose the rifle in a boating accident?

          • Anonymoose

            It’s not mine. I don’t have any SBRs. I just posted it for illustrative purposes. :

        • Nicks87

          16″ is just enough, 18-24 is better. For 6.5CM I would prefer something 24-26.

        • Klaus Von Schmitto

          8 3/8″

          • El Duderino

            You lemme know when the S&W X-Frame is chambered in 6.5CM.

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            I was referring to an HK 51 in 308.

    • Raptor Fred

      Here’s some data as to barrel length and velocity in the 6.5Creed with 3 different loads. You are gaining nothing with that long ass cumbersome barrel.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21cc5d51f4de730c8130539f77c5e5675c2dbe637e604c8c3446b98fe174562d.jpg

      • iksnilol

        But, like 15 m/s extra, bruv.

    • Tassiebush

      it looks like it’s only a difference of 50fps or less between 24″ and 22″.
      rifleshooter.com/2016/02/6-5-creedmoor-effect-of-barrel-length-on-velocity-cutting-up-a-creedmoor/

  • noob

    Would this also make sense with a long eye relief scout scope for relatively shorter range ultra high precision marksmanship? or would that be a waste of the 6.5’s potential and you’d be better off with a different cartridge?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Probably a waste. I think I would rather have a micro action chambered in .300 Blackout or 7.62×39 for something like that.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Depends on what you’re shooting. If you want to punch paper or ring steel plates, then you would be better off with something chambered in 6mm PPC or 6mm AR. If you want to dependably kill a wide range of critters at varying (medium to very close) distances, then the Creedmoor is a good choice.

    • Tassiebush

      I think the cartridge would fit the scout rifle concept pretty well except it would probably be best to go for a more conventional variable power scope instead to exploit it’s potential.
      This package (with 3-10x scope) pretty much hits the nail on the head albeit maybe a slightly lower bottom magnification could be helpful. Still Cooper did consider 3x acceptable iirc steyrarms.com/firearms/hunting-rifles/steyr-scout-package.html
      You would lose some field of view but gain a whole lot of optical performance.

      • ostiariusalpha

        I needs to use muh stripper clips though!! Cooper came up with his concept before reflex sights became popular, so an RDS could be a nice, lightweight replacement for the forward mounted scope. A long eye-relief Trijicon sight might be interesting also.

        • Tassiebush

          I tried to post some visual stuff of my stripper clips but it wouldn’t go up…
          Yeah optics have really advanced hugely since the scout concept. It was unthinkable how durable and long battery life an rds could have.

        • iksnilol

          Isn’t such a cartridge a waste on something equipped with a red dot?

          • Tassiebush

            I tend to think so but then again we could probably say that about nearly every context where a red dot sight gets put on a rifle like a .308 or. 223 etc. I just finally used mine today (Sauer 100) doing some zeroing and barrel break in. It really struck me as mild. I didn’t find the kick noticeable prone. Considering it’s almost 6.5×55 performance with less powder that’s not bad at all. I think someone who just wanted a mild rifle for the less heavy deer species and pigs could do quite nicely with it even if they were only setting up for hunting in close to medium range because the great thing is it just isn’t a whole lot of fuss in the first place unlike some traditional long range choices. You’re not putting up with something obnoxious for the performance. Ammo cost would be the only negative.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Not entirely. Sure, you lose most of the medium to long distance capabilities of the cartridge, but it still works fine as a hunting round (and with a bit less kick than a .308). Using a red dot with a chevron or trangle reticle can be quite precise despite the lack of magnification, you just zero on the tip point and you can make very reliable hits out to 300m, especially with a flat shooter like the 6.5 CM.

          • iksnilol

            Was just thinking it was a bit expensive. But I can see the appeal.

        • Tassiebush

          I guess too with those aimpoint magnifiers on a pivoting mount it certainly increases versatility

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Freedom Group look out, this Bergara is nice enough to give any thing made by Remington a run for it’s money.

    • Amanofdragons

      Freedom group wishes they could build something this nice.

    • iksnilol

      Please don’t insult Bergara like that.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        It was meant to downplay the over-popularity of the Remington 700. Or anything Remington for that matter.

  • mazkact

    I bought my Grandson a CVA Scout in .243 Win. The single shot CVA rifles have Bergara barrels. I can tell you that the little CVA is a shooter and has me thinking of buying a Bergara rifle.

  • Gary Kirk

    Slow down the bolt throws there sparky.. And are you left eye dominant? Looked to be squinting awful hard.. There are many more things I could hit you on, but.. At least you acknowledge that you have an issue reading wind.. Anyway, good review of an interesting rifle, and thanks for that..

    • iksnilol

      What’s wrong with the bolt throws?

  • Charlie Victor Alpha

    This rifle is on the top of my “to buy” list, in .308 though. Hopefully I’ll have it in hand by the end of the year.

  • Marcus D.

    Patrick, you failed to note that “The B-14 HMR rifle features our integrated mini-chassis molded into the
    stock to give the rifle repeatable bedding and accuracy. It also
    supports a fully free-floated barrel to achieve optimal precision.” I would think the embedded aluminum chassis makes a real difference.

  • Rusty S.

    Seems like a solid value!