6.5mm “Patriot Combat Cartridge”

    Forming the 6.5 Patriot Combat Cartridge (PCC) from virgin brass. Image is from rifleshooter.com

    One thing I have not yet gotten into is reloading, and I know very little about the manufacture of such things. I mean, I know how a round is constructed, but doing it, and further, innovating, is beyond my current skill set. I find things like fire forming and case trimming both fascinating and a little dangerous.

    Shout out to Bill for pointing us to this article discussing an interesting way (created by Illirian Engineering and Design) for adapting a standard .223 Rem casing to accommodate a 6.5mm projectile: http://rifleshooter.com/2014/11/6-5-patriot-combat-cartridge-6-5-pcc-6-5mm-wildcat-for-the-ar15m-16/

    Since it utilizes a 223 parent case and only requires the change of barrel and magazine in a standard AR-15/M16, you can use the rest of your setup, and presumably your shooting mechanics will remain the same.

    And no, I’m not going to include this in the weekly ammo prices… 🙂

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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