Hornady Debuts New 6mm ARC Cartridge as Barrett, CMMG & Others Offer Rifles
By Chris Eger
Nebraska-based ammo maker Hornady on Wednesday announced a new short-action cartridge designed to push the limits while at the same time big name gun makers unveiled rifles for it.
Based on the 6.5 Grendel case, the new SAAMI-approved Hornady 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge, in a nutshell, was designed for a military user that wanted a round delivering comparable ballistics to a .308 Winchester from an AR-15 platform.
“The 6mm ARC began with a simple question: What can we do with today’s technology to maximize the performance of the AR-15 platform?” said Hornady Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. “We subsequently modeled and tested a variety of designs in different calibers until we were able to produce the most flexible cartridge possible within the limits of the AR-15 system.”
While Hornady is dubbing it the “6.5 Creedmoor of the gas gun world,” the new round can also be used in a mini-action bolt gun as well. (Image: SAAMI)
The 6mm ARC will be offered this year in 105-grain BTHP BLACK, 108-grain ELD Match, and 103-grain ELD-X Precision Hunter loads by Hornady.
When speaking about ballistics performance, the BTHP Black, for example, is billed at producing a muzzle velocity of 2750 fps which translates to 1,763 ft./lbs of energy. When dialed