Savage Arms has made an investment in its long-range shooting products, extending the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge chambering to nine of its existing rifle models. But the big news is that several of those models are entry-level rifles priced under $500.
Since its introduction, the 6.5 Creedmoor has become a popular cartridge among hunters and long-distance shooters alike. The cartridge was introduced by Hornady in 2007 as a modification of the .30 TC, which in turn was based on the 300 Savage.
The round was specifically designed for target shooting, but its accuracy and dimensions have allowed it to proliferate in all arenas of rifle shooting.
While it has a slower muzzle velocity than longer cartridges like the 6.5mm Rem Mag, its short overall length makes the 6.5 Creedmoor capable of being chambered in short-action bolt guns and AR-10 rifles. Also, the cartridge stay supersonic and maintains its accuracy to past 1,200 yards, according Bryce Towsley in this piece on the Creedmoor.
“For whatever reason—a perfect blend of dimensions, or just voodoo—the inherent accuracy of the 6.5 Creedmoor is astonishing. Savage Arms’ Bill Dermody told me that they test every rifle they build for accuracy. For years, the most accurate cartridge across the board was the .308 Winchester. Now it’s the 6.5 Creedmoor.”
The new Savage offerings in 6.5 Creedmoor include the new 16 Lightweight Hunter ($752), AXIS ($368), AXIS LH ($368), AXIS XP ($407), AXIS XP CAMO ($485), AXIS XP Stainless ($507), AXIS II XP ($485), AXIS II XP Stainless ($580), and AXIS II XP Hardwood ($506).
While Savage’s Model 10 BA Stealth, price at $1207, is cheaper than the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, the introduction of so many rifles in the chambering around the $500 mark shows that the cartridge is poised to become the new go-to round for many rifle shooters and hunters.