6.5 PRC: The Creedmoor’s “big brother”
By Jacki Billings
The 6.5 PRC first appeared on Hornday’s lineup bringing match and hunting options to the table. (Photo: Hornady)
The 6.5 PRC — or Precision Rifle Cartridge — is the latest Horandy creation to gain attention and favor among shooters. An interesting competitor to the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6.5 PRC is ready to take the long range shooting community by storm; but, what is the cartridge and why exactly is it poised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Creedmoor cartridge?
Often referred to as the 6.5 Creedmoor’s “big brother,” the 6.5 PRC offers precision rifle shooters and hunters the advantage of a flat shooting, heavy bullet with manageable recoil. Delivering 2,000 foot-pounds of energy at 500-yards, the 6.5 PRC provides an 8-percent increase in velocity over the Creedmoor cartridge as well as 28-percent more capacity within the cartridge itself.
The 6.5 PRC began as an idea formulated in George Gardner’s head. The president of GA Precision Rifles and an avid participant in precision rifle series, Gardner said the first inkling came around 2012 when the PRS rule book was published. The rules dictated that competitors could use any caliber bullet, 30 cal. or below, so long as it did not exceed 3,200 feet-per-second.
“I just kind