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6.5 MM CREEDMOOR
Movers And Shakers

HORNADY 120-GR. A-MAX

Parameters for a new precision cartridge were conceived
by veteran High Power competitor Dennis Demille. Precision
rifle shooting, and accuracy in general, has much to do with
consistency, uniformity and repetition-whether in physical
action or the construction of loaded ammunition. It's understandable then, that by the 2005 National Matches at Camp
Perry, Ohio, Demille had taken a dim view of the wildcat
loads prevalent in across-the-course shooting competitions,
and their inherent inconsistencies-in recipe, construction
and, ultimately, performance. (Interestingly, despite his dissatisfaction with his own 6XC ammunition, Demille nevertheless shot that wildcat to victory, becoming the 2005 NRA
High Power Champion with a score of 2385-119X.)
As is often the case, it's not always what you know, but
who you know, and for Demille the who was good friend
and senior Hornady ballistician Dave Emary. Fortuitously,

the two were sharing a condo during service rifle week at
Camp Perry. During the matches, Demille formulated a list of
requirements for his ideal High Power competition cartridge:
* Be magazine-length for use during the rapid-fire string
in competition.
* Have significantly less recoil than the .308 Win. to
enhance performance during rapid-fire strings, and for
general shooter comfort.
* Shoot flat with accurate, high-ballistic-coefficient bullets.
* Promote good barrel life.
* Use readily available components, including powder, so
that it can be easily replicated.
* Include the reloading recipe and data on the packaging
of production loads.
* Be manufactured in sufficient quantity to meet demand.
Requirements in hand, Emary returned to Hornady and
assembled a team to make the wish list a reality. Emary, Joe
Thielen-another crack engineer at Hornady-and
then-sales and marketing manager Neil Davies
became the cartridge's prime movers, but according
to Davies, the effort really began as an internal
"black op." So, while the co-conspirators had a
mission and the horsepower to carry it off, they
still needed formal approval to launch the project.

Accuracy Afield

I

didn't have to hunt the Kalahari to
prove the accuracy, power and versatility of the 6.5 mm Creedmoor
cartridge. A decade of dominance on
the Precision Rifle Series and High
Power circuits stands as evidence, and
range work aided by chronographs
and Doppler radar can detail just how
stingy the .264-cal. bullet can be in
terms of shedding velocity and energy.
But there was perhaps no better way
to illustrate the 6.5's capability as a
serious sporting load than to pit it
against the Dark Continent's diverse
non-dangerous game species, with

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a focus on accurate, extended-range
shooting, and terminal performance
against the likes of zebra and blue wildebeest, long held to be some of the
toughest of Africa's plains game.
For the hunt, I chose to shoot
Bergara's Premier Series Stalker rifle
topped with a Leupold VX-6HD 3-18X
44 mm scope. The rifle features a premium 22" barrel, a carbon-fiber stock
and Bergara's own Premier Action, and
the scope was quintessential Leupold-
excellent glass, precise adjustments,
rugged construction and, of course,
American manufacture. Together, the
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rifle and scope made for a handy package, weighing just more than 7 lbs.,
and it proved to be one of the most
accurate combinations I've ever laid
hands on, but more on that soon.
For ammunition, I consulted with
my hunting partner, good friend, and
one of the original Creedmoor conspirators, Neil Davies of Hornady. Happily,
we were in agreement that two types
of ammunition should be taken: 120-gr.
GMX Superformance for the bullet's
durable construction and penetration
capability on tougher and larger game,
and 143-gr. ELD-X Precision Hunter for



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