Should I get a 6.5 PRC

dragon798

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Don't do it! I'm having a hard enough time finding components, and you'll just make it worse! My advice is send everything you have to me. Seriously, it is a great caliber. I strongly recommend it. I have already shot out one barrel and waiting on a new one now. Barrel life is slightly less than Creedmoor, but you're gaining speed and the ability to run the big bullets effectively. The PRC needs a pretty aggressive cleaning schedule, especially with RL26. As far as brass, it's a problem, but its getting better. I actually got my hands on some pre-production brass from Peterson, and it is really good stuff but I don't know when they will go into full production on it. I used Hornady brass exclusively in the first barrel and averaged 12-15 reloads on it, so it's pretty good stuff also. I say build it, you will love it.
 

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The 6.5 PRC will likely be the most common "magnum" 6.5 mm in the future. Reasonable performance for long range hunting and targeting. It is a very good efficient design and will satisfy most shooters. I wanted a 6.5 that had more performance than the CM for long range precision rifle hunting and targeting, but not a 26 Nosler or 6.5 Wby, (🤫 which is where I would normally want to be). The PRC will be worth the wait if you want a good solid factory round that is set up for current high bc precision bullets. I love mine!
 

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65PRC is a great round and brass is becoming more available. Hornady, Federal, Peterson, ADG and Lapua all make it now. You can back order 65PRC at Grafs and Creedmoor sports.
 

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Summer of 2020 I picked up a used 6.5PRC prefit for a TL3/SR3 - It's a Proof Research carbon fiber barrel, that started life as a 6.5x47L.
It shoots great, but the gun, fully assembled is about 1lb more than my Rem 700 Mountain Rifle in .280Rem. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it's noticeable at the end of the day...and really at the end of the week. So I'll probably sell the barrel and the Hornady ammo/brass when I get around to taking pictures of it all. I don't need it right now - not for Pennsylvania Deer and Bear. Plus, right now I'm interested in a short/stubby rifle...7mm-08 or .308 with an 18" barrel. That would be pretty fun and handy.

Anyway, I like the cartridge - really fast, really flat. Recoil was similar to my .280Rem, but the 6.5PRC snaps more. I assume this is due to powder type and case design.
 

jgs8163

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Summer of 2020 I picked up a used 6.5PRC prefit for a TL3/SR3 - It's a Proof Research carbon fiber barrel, that started life as a 6.5x47L.
It shoots great, but the gun, fully assembled is about 1lb more than my Rem 700 Mountain Rifle in .280Rem. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it's noticeable at the end of the day...and really at the end of the week. So I'll probably sell the barrel and the Hornady ammo/brass when I get around to taking pictures of it all. I don't need it right now - not for Pennsylvania Deer and Bear. Plus, right now I'm interested in a short/stubby rifle...7mm-08 or .308 with an 18" barrel. That would be pretty fun and handy.

Anyway, I like the cartridge - really fast, really flat. Recoil was similar to my .280Rem, but the 6.5PRC snaps more. I assume this is due to powder type and case design.
308 and 7-08 switch barrel I just built. 18” 308 barrel is on it in the photo below and I have a 22” 7-08 barrel I can screw on in 5 minutes.
 

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Another Casual

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Don't get me wrong, I love my PRC but I e had Lapua brass on backorder through Eurooptic for 10 months. Unless I missed it, we don't know what you're hunting. For deer I'd take the cheaper ammo of the creedmoor and get more practice.
 

Roughrice

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I have 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Remington and 6.5-284 already so no need for the 6.5 PRC.
My buddy has a 6.5 PRC. Shoots fine. We shot his PRC along side of my 6.5-284 from 200-1000 yards.
Our dope sheets are about identical out to 1000 yards.
 

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We just loaded one with 124g Hammer Hunters at 3470 fps with n560 and Peterson brass. I want one now! I say barrel it up and enjoy.
 
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