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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the 6.5 Creedmoor. Over the past few years, I’ve spent some serious quality time behind rifles chambered for this long-range cartridge. There are so many things to like about the 6.5 Creedmoor that it is a wonder it has not caught on even more than it already has. But I’m sure that will likely change with time.

Some of the best 6.5 Creedmoor ammo comes from Hornady, with A-MAX, GMX and newer ELD (Extreme Low Drag) rounds that offer excellent ballistics at distance. The company’s 129-grain InterBond provides a round that offers similar performance to the barrier round most commonly used in law enforcement today. For a police agency or just someone who does not want to reload, this covers the 6.5 Creedmoor spectrum pretty well. And although I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, Federal Premium recently unveiled its new 140-grain Fusion ammo. If your rifle pulls double duty on big game, the Fusion line is definitely worth considering.

I recently wanted a new 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that could work for tactical deployments and also compete in a tournament hosted by Dave Lauck with factory-loaded match-grade ammunition. Dave’s competition requires your partner to use a carbine alongside your bolt action, and he doesn’t limit your caliber. Luckily, my DMR was already chambered for the 6.5 Creedmoor—a round that, introduced in 2007, was designed to work well in both bolt actions and semi-automatics thanks to its shorter overall length. So who would build my 6.5 Creedmoor bolt rifle?

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