A recent “Latest Loads” column featured the 6.5 mm Creedmoor cartridge capped with Hornady’s new 143-gr. ELD-X bullet; however, the lead-core projectile cannot be used in California’s condor zone, ecological reserves and wildlife areas. Moreover, some hunters prefer to use leadless bullets due to their high-retained weights, which increases penetration depths. Whatever the reason, the recipe below is for you. Featuring the streamlined, all-copper Barnes 127-gr. Long-Range X Bullet (LRX), when propelled to 2705 f.p.s., the projectile—which has a ballistic coefficient (BC) of .468—drops 4.4", 18.9", and 42.2" at 300, 400, and 500 yds., respectively—when zeroed at 250 yds. The corresponding comeups in m.o.a. are 1.4, 4.5, and 8.1. And, with nearly 1,000 ft.-lbs. of energy still available at 500 yds., this “eco-friendly” load is bad news for all but the largest non-dangerous, big-game species.
The California-Friendly 6.5 mm Creedmoor
Follow American Rifleman staff on this “Gun Of The Week” with the Browning Firearms Citori Hunter Grade II, a field-ready, 16-gauge shotgun that sure doesn’t disappoint. In fact, this boxlock shotgun has everything you need and nothing that you don’t.
I was reading an auction catalog, and a reference was made to an American military Thompson submachine gun. It stated it was a “1928 Colt Navy overstamp, not a Savage.” The catalog made that verbiage seem important. What’s the significance of the “overstamp,” and were there other military 1928 Thompsons besides the Navy guns?
Purchase a new Trijicon REAP-IR 3 or IR-HUNTER 2 scope through one of the company’s Electro Optics retailers before February 1, and you qualify to receive a select model of a Trijicon Tenmile riflescope.