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10 Best 6.5mm Rifle Cartridges Available Right Now

There are currently at least 10 different popular 6.5mm rifle cartridges; five of them, including the 6.5 Creedmoor, were introduced in just the last decade or so. These cartridges span the spectrum from modest, efficient rounds to barrel-burning dragons that spew 6.5mm bullets at shocking speeds.

10 Best 6.5mm Rifle Cartridges Available Right Now
U.S. interest in 6.5mm cartridges has gone through the roof. Here’s a look at the current crop.

Do we need them all? Of course not. But clearly, shooters want them. So which to choose? Which offers the best all-around capabilities? Inherent accuracy? Long-range reach? Which are best for hunting? Here’s a look at 10 of the top 6.5 rifles available. We’ll go more or less chronologically, starting with the Scandinavian favorite introduced 110 years ago.

6.5x55 Swedish Mauser

Undoubtedly the best of a flurry of 6.5mm military cartridges engineered over a century ago, the 6.5x55 provided excellent ballistic performance coupled with moderate recoil. It capably made the transition to modern times, although American ammo companies governed by SAAMI load it gently...

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