The American shooting community has come to the realization, which has been revolutionary for European hunters for more than a century: 6.5mm cartridges are superior. In contrast to the market dominance of cartridges such as the 308 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield, the emergence of the 6.5 Creedmoor has incited a shooting fervor among enthusiasts seeking the most effective 6.5 cartridge for hunting and long-range shooting.
The fleet is led by the legendary 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, whose introduction in 2007 shook the shooting community. It rapidly gained fandom among competitive long-range shooters due to its remarkable accuracy, flat trajectory, low recoil, and flat recoil. Furthermore, the Creedmoor demonstrated its prowess as a hunting cartridge by effortlessly dispatching medium-sized wildlife. The 6.5 Creedmoor even garnered the interest of the United States military, as testing revealed that snipers employing it achieved a doubling of their hit percentages at 1,000 yards. Given its adaptability and widespread appeal, it is unsurprising that the Creedmoor continues to dominate the 6.5mm cartridge market in North America.
However, the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser, a European competitor that has been a hunting favorite for over a century, should not be overlooked. This minimal recoil, flat-shooting cartridge has been utilized by Scandinavian hunters with success against Norwegian moose and reindeer. Although it demands a lengthy action, the 6.5x55mm offers a notable advantage in muzzle velocity when compared to American competitors.
With regard to competition, the 6.5 Grendel exhibits exceptional performance. The Grendel, which was designed to enhance the AR-15 platform's lethality and range, provides shooters with the long-awaited improvement over the 5.56 NATO. Although it may not have garnered significant military interest, the Grendel cartridge has become a favorite among long-range shooters and a formidable tool for hunting deer and feral swine.
Additionally, the 260 Remington, 6.5 PRC, 26 Nosler, 6.5-284 Norma, 264 Winchester Magnum, and 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum wildcards should not be overlooked.