Firearms

Top 10 Rifles for Long-Range Shooting — 6.5 Creedmoor

Bergara B-14 HMR

The 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge roared on the scene as a long-range shooter’s dream. Target shooters raved about its ability to bust a bullseye at 1,000 yards, without the punishment normally associated with long-range cartridges.

So, it was of little surprise with plinkers and hunters pleaded with manufacturers that they too wanted accuracy without punishment. If this sounds like you, here are our Top 10 6.5 Creedmoor rifles.

Savage Axis II XP Package

Savage Axis II XP Package
Savage Axis II XP Package

The Savage Arms Axis II XP bolt action rifle provides you with a single solution rifle and scope combo in one convenient package. The Axis II XP is built using a carbon steel barrel with precision button-rifling for incredible accuracy.

Additionally, the rifle comes with the adjustable AccuTrigger which provides you with the flexibility to set the trigger pull to your specific individual preference.

A detachable box magazine and 3-9×40 scope are included. Quite simply put, the Axis II XP will exceed your expectations on all levels.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5mm Creedmoor
  • 22″ Barrel
  • 4 Round Detachable Box Magazine
  • Right Hand Bolt Action
  • Precision Button-Rifled Barrel
  • Floating Bolt Head
  • Headspace Control
  • Carbon Steel Barrel
  • Rubber Recoil Pad
  • Sling Swivel Studs
  • Savage Arms Adjustable AccuTrigger
  • Synthetic Stock
  • Matte Black Finish
  • Overall Length 43.875″
  • Overall Weight 6.5 lbs

Includes:
3-9×40 Scope Mounted and Bore-sighted

Winchester XPR

Winchester XPR Compact Combo
Winchester XPR Compact Combo

The Winchester XPR Compact rifle is the perfect modern bolt action for young and smaller framed shooters or anyone else that is looking for performance and accuracy all-in-one. The solid steel receiver is machined from bar stock which is drilled and tapped for your choice of scope mounts.

It features a compact free float, button rifled, target crown barrel that is sure to get your rounds accurately on target. Winchesters MOA trigger system with two-position thumb safety breaks crisp and clean.

A detachable box magazine provides ease and convenience while the Perma-Cote finish protects your investment.

The Advanced polymer stock sports a shorter length of pull giving you a well-balanced rifle that is easy to carry and quick to shoulder with a fast swing. It’s the ideal rifle for the hunter and outdoorsman who spends more time in the field than in the house.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5mm Creedmoor
  • 3 Rounds
  • 20″ Freefloat Barrel
  • Recessed Target Crown
  • 1:8″ Twist
  • Detachable Box Mag
  • MOA Trigger System
  • Two-Position Thumb Safety
  • Drilled and Tapped Receiver
  • Nickel Teflon Coated Bolt Body
  • Matte Black Compact Synthetic Stock
  • Gray Perma-Cote Finish
  • Length of Pull 13″
  • Overall Length 39.25″
  • Overall Weight 6.75 lbs

Includes:
Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×40 Scope with BDC reticle mounted and boresighted.

Remington 700 PCR

Remington 700 PCR
Remington 700 PCR

The Remington 700 is still considered by many to be the most accurate out of the box rifle ever made and the standard by which all other bolt actions are measured by. The Model 700 Precision Chassis Rifle is systematically elevating this world standard for accuracy!

It’s chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor and has a 24″ carbon steel barrel with a threaded muzzle. Featuring tactical/target style hammer forged 5R rifling it will provide you with amazing shot to shot consistency.

It has a Remington Precision Chassis, with a free-float SquareDrop aluminum forend and an adjustable Magpul PRS Gen 3 stock.

The rock solid receiver sports a picatinny rail for scope mounts and houses the X-Mark Pro Trigger that breaks like glass. Sub-MOA accuracy of a three-shot test group is verified with a Computer Aided Targeting System (CATS) and these results for your specific rifle are included in the box.

Everything about the Remington 700 PCR is all about long range precision. For competition or hunting western plains, the Remington Model 700 PCR should be at the top of your list!

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5mm Creedmoor
  • 5 Rounds
  • 24″ Carbon Steel Threaded Barrel with a 1:8″ Twist
  • Picatinny Optics Mounting Rail
  • Detachable Box Magazine
  • X-Mark Pro Adjustable Trigger
  • 2 Position Safety
  • Tactical Bolt Knob
  • Aluminum Remington Precision Chassis
  • SquareDrop Aluminum Freefloat Handguard
  • Adjustable Magpul PRS Gen 3 Stock
  • Length of Pull 13.25″ to 15.25″
  • Overall Length 44″
  • Weight 10.5 Pounds
  • CATS Confirmed Sub-MOA Accuracy
  • Teflon Coated Anodized Chassis/Hand Guard (Veil Cervidae Camouflage Finish)
  • Matte Black Finish

Bergara B-14 HMR

Bergara B-14 HMR
Bergara B-14 HMR

Bergara has established and solidified its position as a cutting edge precision barrel maker used by top tier firearms manufacturers in some of the finest rifles in the world.

They utilize state of the art manufacturing and the most technologically advanced barrel making techniques backed by an uncompromising commitment to quality.

Bergara has applied their meticulous engineering and exacting processes to bring you the B-14 Hunting & Match Rifle! The Bergara Performance Series B-14 HMR Bolt Action Rifle is built with the famous Bergara quality to excel in competition or the field equally.

It’s chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor and has a 22″ Bergara threaded barrel that is freefloated for surgical precision and phenomenal performance.

It holds 5 rounds of hard-hitting ammunition in an AICS detachable box magazine and it has a fully adjustable Bergara HMR stock with a mini-chassis for added rigidity.

The rock solid receiver is drilled and tapped to accept Remington 700 scope base mounts and it has a matte blued finish. The Bergara Performance Series B-14 Hunting & Match Rifle is the high-quality do-it-all precision rifle that you are looking for.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5mm Creedmoor
  • 5 Rounds
  • 22″ 4140 Chrome Moly Steel Free float Barrel
  • Button Rifled 1:8″ Twist
  • Threaded Muzzle 5/8×24 TPI
  • Drilled and Tapped Receiver
  • Accepts Remington 700 Scope Bases Threaded #6-48
  • Cone Bolt Nose and Breach
  • AICS Detachable Box Magazine
  • Bergara HMR Stock with Mini-Chassis
  • Adjustable Length of Pull from 13″ to 14.5″
  • Overall Length 41.5″
  • Weight 9.25 Pounds
  • Matte Blued Finish

 

 

Weatherby Vanguard Camilla

Weatherby Vanguard Camilla
Weatherby Vanguard Camilla

Weatherby is the name to trust when it comes to modern hunting rifles. This Vanguard Camilla was designed by the Women of Weatherby specifically for the unique physiology of the female frame.

It’s a rifle that embodies all that you would want in a high-end rifle and will quickly become a treasured heirloom passed down to the women in your family.

Built off of the Vanguard action with the Weatherby SUB-MOA guarantee, you are assured to fill the freezer. Included with this rifle is a gorgeous Monte Carlo Grade A Turkish Walnut stock with a high raised comb, a satin finish and carved fleur-de-lis pattern.

A rosewood forend and grip cap further adorn this beautiful rifle. The soft satiny matte bead blasted blued finish on the barrel and receiver complete the classic look.

The reduced stock features a higher comb, a shorter length of pull and a recoil pad with a negative angle canted away from the body allowing better balance and a perfect fit for the ladies. The shorter slimmer forend sports an improved ergonomic grip angle with a right side palm swell right where you need it for better control and trigger finger movement.

An adjustable creep-free trigger will provide custom performance. If you desire an old world look with modern accuracy that will have the men in your life green with envy, then you need the Weatherby Camilla!

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 4 Rounds
  • 20″ Barrel
  • 1:8″ Twist
  • Monte Carlo Grade A Turkish Walnut Stock
  • Rosewood Forend and Grip Caps
  • Shorter Slimmer Forearm and Grip with Right Side Palm Swell
  • Higher Comb with Improved Ergonomic Grip Angel
  • Vanguard Recoil Pad with Negative Angle and Canted Away
  • Creep Free Adjustable trigger
  • SUB-MOA Guarantee
  • Length of Pull 13″
  • Drop at Comb 0.875″
  • Drop at Heel 2.25″
  • Monte Carlo 0.625
  • Overall Length 39.5″
  • Weight 6.5 lbs
  • Matte Bead Blasted Blued Finish

Savage Model 10 GRS

Savage Model 10 GRS
Savage Model 10 GRS

The Savage 10 GRS is a bolt action rifle that is centered on the needs of the tactical or long-range shooter. It features a heavy fluted barrel and is threaded for use with a suppressor or other muzzle device. The barrel is free floated in a GRS stock with adjustable length of pull.

The famous Savage AccuTrigger adjusts to the shooter’s preference. A Picatinny rail makes optics mounting simple. The rifle accepts AICS-compatible magazines.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Bolt action
  • 24″ heavy fluted threaded barrel
  • 5/8×24 muzzle threads
  • 1:8″ twist
  • 10 rounds capacity
  • Accepts AICS-compatible magazines
  • AccuTrigger
  • GRS adjustable stock
  • Flush cup sling loops plus sling stud for bipod use
  • Overall length 44 inches
  • Weight 9.2 pounds
  • Matte black

Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon SPEED

Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed LR
Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed LR

Browning’s commitment to manufacturing premium quality rifles continues with this X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon SPEED Long Range. The HC Speed LR features a fantastic McMillian Game Scout Stock composite stock with an A-TACS AU Camo finish.

A Burnt Bronze Cerakote finish on the barrel and receiver provides a unique custom look. It has a 26″ fluted and threaded barrel that’s hand chambered with a target crown for extreme long range accuracy.

Chambered in the amazing 6mm Creedmoor cartridge, this rifle is perfect for long range target shooting and hunting at extended range.

The butter smooth X-bolt action is easy to work with a 60-degree lift that’s quick to run when a follow-up shot is necessary. A Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon SPEED Long Range would be an excellent choice for nearly any North American hunt in any kind of weather!

Specifications and Features

  • Short Action
  • 6mm Creedmoor
  • 4 Rounds
  • 26″ Fluted Barrel with Threaded Muzzle Brake
  • Free Float Barrel
  • 1:7.5″ Twist Rate
  • Hand Chambered
  • Target Crown
  • 60 Degree Bolt Lift
  • Top Tang Safety with Bolt Unlock Button
  • Adjustable Feather Trigger
  • Glass Bedded Receiver
  • Drilled and Tapped
  • Detachable Rotary Magazine
  • McMillan Game Scout Stock
  • Palm Swell and Textured Grip
  • Sling Swivel Studs
  • Pachmayr Decelerator Recoil Pad
  • A-TACS AU Camo Stock Finish
  • Burnt Bronze Cerakote Metal Finish
  • Length of Pull 13.625″
  • Drop at Comb 0.5″
  • Drop at Heel 0.5″
  • Overall Length 46″
  • Weight 7 lbs 7 oz

 

Browning X-Bolt Stalker LR

Browning X-Bolt Stalker LR
Browning X-Bolt Stalker LR

Some types of hunting are all about the long shot. The Browning X-Bolt Stalker Long Range is the rifle you can count on when long range accuracy combined with field durability is needed.

Equipped with a 26″ barrel that is threaded for suppressor use and supplied with a muzzle brake and thread protector, this is an ideal rifle for when typical shots are well beyond 100 yards. Like all X-Bolt rifles, it’s sleek as a sports car and rugged as a 4×4.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Bolt action
  • 26″ free floating hand chambered threaded barrel
  • Muzzle brake and thread protector cap
  • Target crown
  • 1:8″ twist
  • 4 rounds capacity
  • Detachable rotary magazine
  • Adjustable Feather trigger
  • Drilled and tapped
  • Composite stock with black Dura-Touch armor coating
  • Sling swivel studs
  • Overall length 46 inches
  • Weight 7 lbs 5 oz
  • Matte blued

 

Howa HCR

Howa HCR
Howa HCR

The Howa HS Precision rifles are built one at a time here in the United States from the highest quality materials available. The Howa 1500 barreled action is free floated by a CNC machined aluminum bedding block.

The Block is placed into a mold and both sides of the mold are hand laminated with Kevlar, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. Then the mold is injected with a proprietary mixture of dense polyurethane foam.

The stock is then hand finished to ensure that it is perfect and ready for whatever you can throw at it.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 22″ Barrel
  • #2 Barrel Profile
  • 1:10″ Twist Rate
  • 4 Round Capacity
  • Sub-MOA Guarantee
  • Legacy Lifetime Warranty
  • HACT 2 Stage Trigger
  • Synthetic Stock
  • Length of Pull 13.25″
  • Overall Length 41.5″
  • Overall Weight 7.6lbs
  • Black Metalwork
  • Green Stock Finish

 

Mossberg MVP

Mossberg MVP Predator
Mossberg MVP Predator

The Mossberg MVP Predator is a fantastic choice for varmints and predators or when it comes time to put meat on the table. It is an accurate and versatile offering that provides excellent constancy with each and every round sent down range.

The fluted barrel has a 1:8 twist with a threaded muzzle to make it suppressor ready. Mossberg included Weaver mounting bases so it’s ready for your favorite optic!

This lightweight rifle is sure to impress new and seasoned shooters alike with its reliability in form and function no matter what the conditions.

Don’t miss another opportunity to fill your freezer hunting season after hunting season with the Mossberg MVP.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 10 Rounds
  • 20″ Fluted Medium Bull Barrel
  • Threaded 5/8×24 TPI with a 1:8 Twist
  • Spiral Fluted Bolt with Oversized Handle
  • LBA Adjustable Trigger
  • AR-308 LR308/SR25 Magazine Compatible
  • Weaver Scope Bases
  • Laminate Sporter Stock
  • Matte Blue Finish
  • 13.75″ Length of Pull
  • Weight 7.5 lbs
  • Overall Length 40.5″

 

Sabatti STR Tactical

Sabatti STR Tactical
Sabatti STR Tactical

When it’s time for the long shots, there is no finer choice than the Sabatti STR Tactical bolt action rifle. Chambered in popular 6.5 Creedmoor, this rifle is set up to go the distance, with a 26″ barrel and a fully machined aluminum chassis stock.

The Picatinny optics rails are already set up for an additional 20 MOA to aid in zeroing the scope.

Specifications and Features

  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Bolt action
  • 26″ barrel
  • 1:8″ twist
  • 7 rounds capacity
  • Black machined aluminum chassis stock
  • 20 MOA scope rail
  • Overall length 43″
  • Weight 9.9 lbs
  • Blued

 

Barrett Model 98B Fieldcraft

Barrett Model 98B Fieldcraft
Barrett Model 98B Fieldcraft

The Barrett Model 98B sets the standard for the sub-MOA precision long-range rifle, and the Model 98B Fieldcraft is a lighter spin on this fantastic weapon. Chambered in the long range 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge capable of accuracy for distances up to 1000 yards, the rifles straight-line design allows for faster and more accurate follow-up shot capabilities.

The 98B also features an aluminum upper receiver with a Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny rail. At eight inches in length with 20 MOA built in, the rail has plenty of space, allowing for scope and night vision systems to be run simultaneously.

The upper assembly features a modular KeyMod system that allows the use of additional accessory rails to be mounted at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

Finally, the 98B includes a 10-round detachable polymer box magazine, and Srobathane recoil pad to lessen wear and fatigue. This gorgeous, highly functional rifle isn’t one to miss.

Founded over three decades ago, Barrett produces large-caliber rifles trusted by the United States military, law enforcement and civilian sport shooters the world over.

A world leader in the industry, the Murfreesboro, Tennessee-headquartered company isnt one to rest on its laurels, and always seeks to improve upon their designs.

Features and Specifications

  • 6.5mm Creedmoor
  • 10 Round Detachable Box Magazines
  • Ambidextrous Magazine Release
  • 22″ Light Barrel
  • 1:8″ Twist
  • 8″ M1913 Picatinny Rail with 20 MOA
  • KeyMod Forward Receiver 3, 6, & 9 o’clock positions
  • Srobathane Recoil Pad
  • Adjustable Cheek Piece
  • Polymer Bolt Guide
  • Match Grade Trigger
  • Aluminum Receiver
  • Burnt Bronze Cerakote
  • Overall Length 49.75″
  • Weight 13.5 lbs

 

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Comments (32)

  1. 2 cents from a hunter/outdoorsman/country boy:

    I agree that the Tikka T3, the Ruger Precision or even the Ruger Hawkeye should all be included. But, it’s all for nought if you don’t practice shooting out to those ranges consistently.

    Wind drift, mirage, etc all become important when shooting long range. Not just a ballistic coefficient. For that matter, BC isn’t the end all of a cartridge’s performance.

    Become a better rifleman, focus on your breathing and proper technique, learn to use a sling instead of a bipod/tripod, learn to shoot with your iron sights, etc. THOSE are the skill sets that will make you a better marksman/rifleman.

    The Appleseed Project is a great way to learn some of these. My caliber preference is ’06. Is it the best? I don’t care. I kill deer with it and rarely have a need to shoot past 175 yds. Would I be able to hit a target at 300 yds? Yes. But think of it like this:

    If it’s a SHTF situation and you’re 1000 yds away, why the heck would you want to VOLUNTEER your 10-20 when you can hide/take better position?

    I could see the need for this for say, sheep hunting or hunting in a large canyon/back country. But man, most of the guys I’ve seen carrying around long range rifles and all geared up wouldn’t be able to climb for the sheep! They’re freaking fall over dead from exhaustion before the summit!

    Man, shoot what you want but do everyone a favor and be proficient and practiced with it. Don’t create artificial inflation on ammunition and rifles because you think the caliber will make you a better shooter. It won’t. Learn the basics and perfect them. Learn your rifle and cartridge and learn to adjust for distance and wind. You’ll be as accurate as you’ll ever be then.

    But, it’s also your money and not mine and this is still a free Democratic republic. So, spend it how you see fit I guess.

  2. The 6.5 X 55 Swede cartridge is virtually identical ballistically, and has been around for (nearly)100 years. I recall being maligned for not having a manly .30 caliber, several decades ago, but the worm has turned. Fortunately I don’t have to buy 6.5 Creed ammo, which is near twice the cost.

  3. Is there not a 6.5 Creedmoor built on the AR15/M16 platform. My 6.5 Jap and Swedes are spooky accurate. Thanks, McZ

    1. Check out the 224 Valkyrie for an AR platform. It’s a 6.8 SPC necked down to a drastically elongated 90 gr. ELD projectile. It is a heavy for caliber bullet & shoots right even with the famed 6.5 Creed. Check the BC #’s…they are impressive and are a quantum leap ahead of the standard 5.56, which I am a fan of.

  4. The question are:what is going to be your MAXIMUM range and for what?
    Is a”lesser cartridge” e.g.308win,30-06,300Mag”worth the ease of finding ammunition-and affordable ammunition in the boonies[versus the 6.5 Creedmore..or even the 264Win Mag]??

  5. MY 1961 264 wm nearly 3,000 rounds and still ticking. My go too for any range out to 1,400 yards so far. Everyone has their favorite! This gun was bought by my dad in 61 and shot 1 box of ammo then put it in the gun case and replaced it with a 270 win because he did not like the recoil of the wm. I think the 270 has more felt recoil for me anyway! Good shooting too all and have a good new year!

  6. This list is incomplete with the exclusion of the Tikka and the Ruger.
    I don’t have any arguments with those listed. I even own one of them but to exclude the Tikka and Ruger from this rollcall is a disservice to the caliber and shooters.

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