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In mid-February Winchester released two new loads for 6.5 PRC designed by Hornady. The new 6.5 PRC continues to gain popularity and renown within the hunting and precision shooting communities. The cartridge has gained so much traction that firearms manufacturers such as Ruger, Springfield Armory, and Mossberg have created rifles for the 6.5 PRC cartridge. Most of those rifles had hunters as their target audience. However, with these two new loads for 6.5 PRC, Winchester is targeting hunters and precision shooters alike. The new 6.5 PRC in a 142 grain with a accubond projectile is designed for hunters. While the 6.5 PRC in a 140 grain BTHP projectile is designed for the competition precision shooters.

Below, is the press release from Winchester regrading their two new 6.5 PRC loads for hunters and precision shooters.

Press Release

EAST ALTON, Ill. (February 11, 2021) — Winchester continues its legacy on the forefront of long-range hunting and shooting by adding the 6.5 PRC cartridge to its lineup of products for 2021. The 6.5 PRC cartridge continues to grow in popularity with its high-velocity cartridges that deliver relatively minimal recoil.

The first of two new 6.5 PRC offerings includes a 142-grain Nosler® AccuBond® polymer-tipped hunting bullet and is available in the Expedition Big Game Long Range™ lineup. This provides hunters with wind-drilling, ridge-to-ridge accuracy and bonded performance for maximum weight retention and energy transfer.

Winchester will also offer the 6.5 PRC in a 140-grain Match boattail hollow point that puts long-range precision at the shooter’s trigger finger. The high-ballistic coefficient results in low drag and maintains flatter trajectories at a long distance.

The AccuBond LR projectiles make for a great long-range hunting round as the bullet was specifically designed to both maintain its flight during windy conditions and also aggressively expand when impacting a target while maintaining its mass. All of these characteristics would be great for hunting big game like Elk or Moose.

The slightly lighter 140-grain Match BTHP projectile on the other hand is Winchester’s new offering for the serious competitor. The match grade ammunition makes use of Matchking hollow point bullets that maintain a relatively flat trajectory out to nearly 200 yards.

At the end of the day Winchester is offering two new loads for hunters and precision shooters who have rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC. Even with the ammunition shortage going on Winchester is still coming out with new products to accommodate the needs of various shooters in the firearm community. Especially in the hunting and precision shooting world with these two new loads of 6.5 PRC.

Have you ever heard of 6.5 PRC? Do you own a rifle chambered in 6.5 PRC? Let us know in the comments below.

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