When it comes to long-range shooting, there’s one cartridge that has been dominating the top spot. Yes, I’m talking about the revered .308. But that top spot is fast being taken over by one of the newest kids on the block – the 6.5mm Creedmoor. When the 6.5 Creedmoor was released in 2007, it certainly made an impressive mark as long as rifle makers were concerned. And in a flurry, guns were being made for this sleek cartridge.
One gun maker that came late to the party, especially in the AR platform/6.5 Creedmoor mix, is Savage Arms. And frankly speaking, this was a surprising move on the part of Savage Arms as there are already many people making awesome rifles on the AR platform. To some, this seemed as if this was the death of Savage Arms – death by 6.5 Creedmoor.
But boy has the Savage 6.5 Creedmoor chambering proven the critics wrong.
The 6.5mm Creedmoor is a center-fire rifle cartridge that was introduced in 2007 by Hornady and was based on the .30 TC (which itself was based on the 300 Savage). Although the 6.5 Creedmoor was designed for target shooting, it fast became very popular with hunters and in all other arenas of rifle shooting due to its superb accuracy and favorable dimensions. While the 6.5 Creedmoor has a slower muzzle velocity than longer cartridges, its short overall length gives it the advantage of being capable of being chambered in short-action bolt guns and AR-10 rifles. The best part, well at least for many shooters, is that the 6.5 Creedmoor stays supersonic and maintains its accuracy even past 1,200 yards.
Now, considering the pedigrees of both the Savage range of rifles and the 6.5 Creedmoor, their combination is definitely a show-stopper. Savage Arms joined the 6.5 Creedmoor foray by chambering 9 of its most popular rifles in the new king of long-range cartridges with the rifles being the 16 Lightweight Hunter, the Axis range, and now, the AR-based Savage MSR10 GRS. And the good news is that all Savage 6.5 Creedmoor offerings are not as expensive as their other counterparts (like Ruger), in fact, you can get many of them for around $500.00.
Let’s take a look at a couple of them and see just how potent these rifles are.
The Savage MSR 10 GRS 6.5 Creedmoor – Going the Distance
When Savage decided to make AR platform based rifles chambering the 6.5 Creedmoor, one of the best offerings on the table was the Savage MSR 10. MSR stands for Modern Savage Rifles, FYI. But what is so special about this Savage 6.5 Creedmoor? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Savage MSR 10 GRS General Specs
The factory, straight out of the box Savage 65 Creedmoor MSR 10 rifle is quite an impressive rifle, to say the least. A general overview of what you can expect from this top-selling rifle include:
9.2 pounds (empty)
Right, now that we’ve gotten the specs out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the review. I kid you not, once you see what this rifle can do, you’ll have no choice but to bite the bullet and get yourself one.
Design and Build
A casual look at the Savage Model 10 GRS is essentially a Savage Model 10 FCP-SR with a twist. The biggest difference is the Berserk stock from GRS Riflestocks, which is an upgrade from the previous laminate that was not as durable. This dramatically changes the profile and feel of the rifle from a traditional stock to one fitted to the individual user. The GRS made Berserk stock is fully adjustable, all it takes is a press of a button and you have your personalized cheek weld and length.
Another big difference with this Savage 6.5 Creedmoor rifle is the barrel length which comes in at 24-inches long (a big leap in comparison to the 20-inch average barrel length). This makes the overall length of the Model 10 GRS come in at 44-inches long.
For increased stiffness and accuracy, the Savage Model 10 GRS features a fluted barrel. If you like using suppressors or any other muzzle devices, you can easily do so as the barrel has 5/8×24 threading to accept whatever sound suppressor you wish for.
The rifle doesn’t come with a riflescope and weighs 9.2 pounds before you kit it up with one and before you load your ammo, making it relatively lightweight and good for long hunting trips or prolonged shooting competitions. And when you want to load your ammo, the MRS 10 GRS has a 10 capacity detachable box magazine, a very good capacity, especially for hunting.
Savage Arms have really done a great job with this Creedmoor configuration precision rifle. Like most of the rifles they produce, this is a revolutionary step that will make other major players follow suit. But honestly speaking, with the bar that has been set in the engineering and design departments, this Savage 6.5 Creedmoor creation is a hard act to follow.
Now that, you have seen some of the innovative design features of the Savage MRS 10 GRS, let’s move on to see how your next rifle (hopefully) performs.
One of the biggest contributors to the superb performance and accuracy of this Savage 6.5 Creedmoor rifle is Savages patented AccuTrigger. This is the trigger that revolutionized how rifle triggers are being made today – a “lawyer-proof” trigger that is easy to shoot but difficult to ND (negligent discharge). Not only is Savage Arm’s AccuTrigger safe, but it is also easily adjustable without needing the help of a gunsmith. Still on the trigger, this is one trigger that will really “surprise” you when it breaks. The break is so crisp and clean you won’t have any time for flinching, enhancing your accuracy. You won’t even think you are firing a bolt action rifle.
Another big breakthrough you will notice with this Savage/6.5 Creedmoor combination is one you will notice just after you pull the trigger – recoil. The recoil is soft, softer than similar rifles in .308 Winchester configurations. The reason for the soft recoil is attributed to great engineering by the engineers at Savage, but more so to the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge which is lighter than the .308.
When it comes to distance and accuracy, the 6.5 Creedmoor factor really goes into play as it will give more accuracy at greater distances, even more so than the legendary .308. It simply shoots flatter and its thin profile helps it cut the wind better than any cartridge out there. Yes, that’s just how good the 6.5 Creedmoor is. Couple that with a Savage Arms rifle and you get a precision rifle that can outshoot the competition.
Whether you are shooting at a paper target or hunting elk, the Savage MRS 10 GRS will definitely give you superb performance that will definitely improve your game.
If the $1,499.00 price tag is a bit too stiff for you, you can still get a great Savage 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that won’t blow a big hole in your pocket. Let’s briefly look at one.
The Savage Axis Line – Best 6.5 Creedmoor Chambered Budget Rifle
If you are looking for a brilliant Savage 6.5 Creedmoor at a budget but without compromising performance, then the Savage Axis line of rifles will be your best bet. These are Savage Arms’ entry level rifles and come in many cartridge configurations, including the 6.5 Creedmoor.
The stock is not as good as the one on the MRS 10 GRS but it is still great and offers good ergonomics that reduce the chances fatigue in your hands. This Savage 6.6 Creedmoor based rifle sports a 22-inch long barrel bringing the whole rifle to an overall length of 43.875 inches. Because of the synthetic stock and other budget parts, the Axis comes at a very light 6 and a half pounds in weight unloaded and without a scope and won’t even weigh more than that once you load your lightweight 6.5 Creedmoor, especially as the magazine holds a mere 4 rounds. If 4 rounds is too low of a capacity, you can get an aftermarket magazine with a higher capacity.
As for the trigger, the Axis line features a 2.8-pound trigger pull, and the trigger itself is nothing short of the legendary triggers Savage Arms is known for making – crisp, light, and brilliant. The two main downsides to the Savage Axis is that it doesn’t come with the AccuTrigger (but you can upgrade it yourself), and the other gripe is the bolt. It sometimes has a bit of hang up on the upstroke when racking, but it’s nothing a bit of force can’t solve. But then again, it’s a $368 rifle. Surely you can be a bit lenient on it and overlook some small nuisances.
The Savage 6.5 Creedmoor – Taking the World By Storm
The Savage 6.5 Creedmoor is an explosive configuration that is taking the world by storm and believe me, you don’t want to get left behind. If you are a SHTF prepper, then you definitely want to equip yourself with this long-range rifle and cartridge combination. You never know, this just might be the cartridge that will help you come out of the zombie apocalypse in one piece.