S&W Performance Center M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor
- Price: $1,712
- Barrel Length: 20″
- Total Length: 39″
- Capacity: 10+1
- Weight: 9lb
The Only Rifle You Need This Autumn?
Deer, Elk, Moose and Black Bear seasons are looming large in most States and you’re probably making choices based on time, cost and even the guns you have. Well, what if one gun could do all of these things and more?
Welcome to the Smith & Wesson MP10 6.5 Creedmoor. It’s the 1000-yard AR rifle with reduced recoil that you never knew you needed in your life until now.
I recently named this as the best Creedmoor rifle for sale in 2018, which it is. But this Performance Center, AR-10 based beast is more than that. It’s one of the most versatile rifles for sale and it might just be the best hunting rifle in the world.
This is a $1,700+ investment, but it means you could sell most of your hunting rifles. That’s because you’ll probably never pick them up again.
Get a cheap Beuwolf .50 Cal AR by all means for 200-yard kills, but keep it cheap. Invest in the Creedmoor and you will never regret a single cent of that purchase.
The Smith & Wesson M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor is 39.5″ in total, although it’s an AR so you can hack it about to make it right for you if you feel comfortable messing with near perfection when it comes to balance. It only weighs 9lb, which is a win considering that long, carbon-steel barrel that gives this gun its devastating long-range accuracy.
Perfect Zombie Apocalypse Sniper Rifle
That means it’s one of those guns you should have in the house if you ever think about society melting in front of our eyes, too. It’s a gun I want in the Zombie Apocalypse, because you should be able to pick them off with headshots when they dramatically crest the neighbouring hill. It is literally the most convenient, simple, lightweight and cheap modern sniper rifle that we have right now.
Military units seem to have stuck with 308, most notably the US Army. Perhaps the Army is worried about stopping power at 100 meters, more than the performance at 900 meters. That’s really the only logical explanation, because Creedmoor is in its infancy and it has consigned 308 to the history books. It just doesn’t know it yet.
Creedmoor is better in almost every way. It’s also cheap, lightweight and it’s now coming with a range of polymer tips that can help tune the flight path. Inevitably, those tips can be turned into more effective hunting weapons, too.
Finding The Limits of Creedmoor
We are still finding the limits with this thing. It’s a big and medium game hunter at up to 1000 yards, it has just enough energy for critter shooting at up to 1400 yards. It’s almost the perfect gun and it’s great for every type of American game. It’s a slender, high-velocity bullet that stays true for longer, which means you can push the limits when it comes to distance with this gun.
Smith & Wesson has harnessed what could be the perfect hunting round to create the best hunting rifle I have ever seen. It replaces several major rifles and if you’re thinking in terms of a hunting kit, this and a 22 LR will cover you unless you’re going into big bear territory.
Seriously, this gun covers the whole range, overlapping with the 22LR on the lower end and easily mixing it with the likes of the 338 at the top end. It does the whole damn spectrum.
And that is weird, because this started life as a target shooter. It was a long-distance bell ringer of the highest order, but projectile technology has caught up, more people are buying them and the range queens are quickly turning into the most effective all-purpose hunting rifle for sale in 2018.
It Looks Like An AR Because…
It’s based on an AR-10 platform and you get a 10-round mag that means you can take multiple shots when you’re out hog hunting, so you make out like a bandit while the hogs scatter, with no bolt action to worry about. It’s a precision 20″ carbon-steel barrel from the folks at the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. It looks and handles exactly like an AR, but suddenly you’ve got a 1000-yard tack driver that can go much further if you can.
Seriously, if you’re looking at 308, 338 and a smaller general-purpose AR then put them away. It’s time to invest in the best hunting rifle that will change the way you hunt.
Hunt Bull Elk at 1000 Yards, or Rabbits
It’s now a normal thing to see Youtube videos where Creedmoor hunters take Elk with one shot at 1000 yards. I’m not sure we even know the limit of its range yet, but if you can account for drop off then it probably has the kinetic energy to harvest a rabbit at 1500 yards, or American’s biggest game at 1000. In short, there isn’t much it can’t do.
If I was a modern-day hitman, this is the weapon I would have waiting for me on arrival. It’s an assault rifle when you need one, but then you can flip the bipod down and take a deep breath before unleashing a 1200-yard headshot on some evil dictator. Or something….
At 500 meters, a skilled marksman should be able to hit an unsuspecting target in the eye. You can expect to get something in the region of 2800fps velocity from that 20″ barrel and it is that speed that keeps the light bullet on a straight path.
Creedmoor 6.5 is a light, high-velocity round that really does stay true to its course. It’s a clean killer at anything from 50-1000 yards with rabbits, hogs, sheep, antelop, deer and Elk. It is the right round for almost all of them.
It will change the way you hunt. You’ll become a sniper, looking into the middle distance. You will end up moving with the target, with the scope magnification cranked up. You’re not looking for the general area with Creedmoor, you’re looking into the animal, for the wound channel. It’s hunting on a macro scale.
It’s addictive and it is the future. Projectile technology is going to give us some stellar hunting ammunition for the Creedmoor. We’re not even close to the best results we’re going to get from relatively new tech.
Hunting rounds are starting to emerge, and the heavier 143gr has turned the Creedmoor into a total beast. Hornady Precision Hunter is probably the best round you can get right now and that comes with a Polymer tip to help it cut through the air. There will be more as Creedmoor seems to have made its own momentum, it’s here to stay and now the manufacturers will offer even better solutions.
It’s an exciting time to be a Creedmoor shooter and this is the future of hunting. Don’t get left behind with your 308…