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Top 5 Most Accurate Factory-Loaded Rifle Cartridges

In the world of accurate shooting, some cartridges achieve renown for predictable accuracy; here's a breakdown of five of the best factory-loaded rifle cartridges.

Top 5 Most Accurate Factory-Loaded Rifle Cartridges

Why certain cartridges excel over others is usually partly intentional, partly serendipitous. Inherently accurate cartridges are a combination of ideal technical design, which enterprising engineers can model, and an otherworldly natural precision, which every design team hopes for, but few achieve.

Over the decades, a few cartridges have emerged as the best of the best. Some are relatively obscure to the average shooter; they’re handload-only propositions used primarily by passionate competition shooters. Examples include the .22 PPC, 6mm BR, 6mm Dasher, 6mm GT, and 6.5x47 Lapua. However, as remarkable as these cartridges are, they aren’t practical for hunters and...

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