American Rifleman - September 2017 - 59

In what was described to me as a Benjamin Franklin-esque
"hang together or hang separately" moment, the team made
its case to the boss, Steve Hornady, and according to Davies,
"He said 'yes' on the first ask ... he never says 'yes' on the
first ask." Officially sanctioned, Hornady's new long-range
precision cartridge was well underway.

extended-range performance. Prior to
the hunt, I ran both loads through the
American Rifleman accuracy protocol,
and was incredibly satisfied with the
results. Averages for five consecutive,
five-shot groups at 100 yds. were 0.87"
for the GMX and 0.79" with the ELD-X,
giving my rifle and hunting ammunition
an overall accuracy average of 0.83".
Better still, fired from the Bergara, both
loads grouped at the same point of
impact at 100 yds. Such performance is
nearly unheard of, and you can be sure I
have no plans of parting with that rifle.
Davies and I traveled to the

6.5 MM CREEDMOOR

.30 T/C

seek to maximize efficiency and performance, while also
maintaining a relatively trim profile and reducing recoil.
It's worth detouring here to address another cartridge
that many believe could have influenced the 6.5 Creedmoor's
design-the .260 Rem. Officially introduced in 1997, after a
long history as a wildcat, the .260 Rem. is simply a .308 Win.
case necked-down to accept a .264-cal. (6.5 mm) bullet. In
many ways, given the case capacity and projectile diameter,
the .260 would seem to be an easy plug-and-play solution
to Demille's original cartridge requirements. To this day,
Demille and Emary both receive numerous inquiries regarding the merits of the .260 Rem. compared to the 6.5 mm
Creedmoor, and Emary was kind enough to share with me
his thoughts on the matter, which I paraphrase here.
continued on p. 60

southern portion of the Kalahari Desert
in South Africa's Northern Cape to
hunt with Chapungu-Kambako Safaris
(chapungu-kambako.com) out of its
Kalahari Oryx lodge. Distinguished by
high daytime temperatures and rolling dunes of sugar-fine red sand, the
region is home to a diverse population
of African plains game. The dunes,
in particular, offer hunters a unique
challenge-both concealing game in
their folds, and providing observation
points over vast expanses of land. It
was the perfect opportunity to test
the 6.5 Creedmoor in the wide open.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

.260 REM.

One of the first decisions that had to be made in the
cartridge's development was the diameter, or caliber, of
the intended projectile. It probably wasn't a hard decision
for Emary, considering his opinion that, "You absolutely
cannot beat the aero-ballistic performance of 6.5 bullets,
if they are done right." So, the team would build around
a 6.5-mm (.264-cal.) bullet. This wasn't the safest bet,
considering metric loadings are far more popular in Europe,
and 6.5 mm anything has traditionally been a tough sell in
the States. Still, there is no denying the capabilities of the
caliber, or its long military and sporting pedigree.
For the new cartridge's case, the Hornady team turned
to the then-new .30 T/C cartridge. A joint venture between
Hornady and Thompson/Center, the .30 T/C took advantage of a short, fat cartridge case-a profile known to burn
propellant more efficiently, and thus improve performance,
compared to tall, skinny cartridges. In this way, the .30 T/C
uses a case that is shorter (though slightly wider) than
the .308 Win. to achieve .30-'06 Sprg.-like ballistics, but
with far less recoil than either of those popular .30s. The
.30 T/C saw little commercial success, but was nevertheless an important stepping stone, and the ideal parent case
for the 6.5 mm Creedmoor. Like the .30 T/C, the 6.5 would

.308 WIN.

Components And Contenders

SEPTEMBER 2017

Though we didn't intend to pass up
a Kalahari trophy, Davies and I weren't
hunting for horn. Instead, we asked the
professional hunters guiding us to give
us their tired, their poor and their nonreproducing specimens for harvest, and
our success would be measured in data
points-information like shot distance,
and notes about observed terminal
performance-and our trophies would
be recovered bullets.
A week of hunting yielded more than
a dozen successful harvests, and, as passionate outdoorsmen, Davies and I were
continued on p. 60

59


http://www.chapungu-kambako.com http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - September 2017

Contents
American Rifleman - September 2017 - CW1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - CW2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - Cover1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - Cover2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - Contents
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 3
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 4
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 5
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 6
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 7
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 8
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 9
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 10
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 11
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 12
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 13
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 14
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 15
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 16
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 17
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 18
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 19
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 20
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 21
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 22
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 23
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 24
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 25
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 26
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 27
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 28
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 29
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 30
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 31
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 32
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 33
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 34
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 35
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 36
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 37
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 38
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 39
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 40
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 41
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 42
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 43
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 44
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 45
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 46
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 47
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 48
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 49
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 50
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 51
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 52
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 53
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 54
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 55
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 56
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 57
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 58
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 59
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 60
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 61
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 62
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 63
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 64
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 65
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 66
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 67
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 68
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 69
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 70
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 71
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 72
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 73
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 74
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 75
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 76
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 77
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 78
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 79
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 80
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 81
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 82
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 83
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 84
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 85
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 86
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 87
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 88
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 89
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 90
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 91
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 92
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 93
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 94
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 95
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 96
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 97
American Rifleman - September 2017 - C1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - C2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - E1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - E2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - MW1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - MW2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - S1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - S2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - SW1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - SW2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - W1
American Rifleman - September 2017 - W2
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 100
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 101
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 102
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 103
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 104
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 105
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 106
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 107
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 108
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 109
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 110
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 111
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 112
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 113
American Rifleman - September 2017 - 114
American Rifleman - September 2017 - Cover3
American Rifleman - September 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201608r
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201005_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201002
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_201001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ar_200907
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com