6MM Creedmoor Caliber Making Strong Come Back
What started as an idea back in 2007, the 6mm cartridge has taken it’s share of ups and downs. The 6.5 Creedmoor had been introduced earlier that year and the 6mm seemed like a logical candidate for a parent cartridge to the 6.5cm. Top ranked shooters in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and National Rifle League (NRL) are now pulling out the 6mm’s and doing more than just dusting them off. In fact, 7 out of the 8 top PRS & NRL shooters now use a 6mm cartridge.
We all remember the battle between 6.5cm and 6mm a few years back when 6.5 seemed to dominate and be the best of the best. However, it seems at this point the tide has changed because 6mm bullets are dominating the precision rifle competitions. This is not to say a shooter can’t be competitive with the 6.5cm but rather to show the 6mm maybe on a back swing into popularity.
Surely, this will change again in the future with the 6mm Dasher (aka 6 Dasher) and also the 6BR are also quickly becoming a fan favorite – and by a big margin. These newer style calibers are all pushing towards a lower recoil shot while maintaining accuracy at extended distances. The only issue for shooters now is the 6 Dasher and 6BR are still custom chambers and not available on the commercial market, yet. With cost always being a factor to consider the 6mm appears to yield the most results (priced at $1300) vs. the cost to purchase. Where as the 6 dasher and the 6BR being totally custom built can cost upwards of $3000.
I have to admit the caliber evolution is very interesting to watch, and watching what the pro’s are using and winning with, because it also is always changing. It’s my personal opinion that the 6mm will soon be more popular than the current top dog, the 6.5 Creedmoor. The only down side at this point seems to be the barrel life of the 6mm. The shorter, fatter, smaller shoulder angle of the 6mm and smaller projectile ends up being less life to the barrel.