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The Bushnell HDMR 5-22x optic with a Horus H59 reticle…

The Bushnell HDMR 5-22x optic with a Horus H59 reticle made precise holds possible without dialing elevation or wind adjustments at long range.

Over the past two years, I have punched paper with more than 70 different AR-platform rifles. Some shoot better than others. It has become almost a given that when I drop the bolt release on a live round in a JP Enterprises rifle, it will print amazing groups. I had high expectations for the company’s LRP-07 chambered in a relatively new target cartridge, the 6.5 Creedmoor.

“The Creedmoor fills the niche for people who don’t want to load,” John Paul Gangl, owner of JPE, said. “For people who want match-grade ammo and don’t want to load, this round gives sub-MOA accuracy. Comparing the .260 Remington and the 6.5 Creedmoor according to performance, the cartridges are practically the same. With the Creedmoor, the bullet is seated farther out of the case when loaded to fit within the overall length constraints of the magazine, and you don’t have the tail end of the bullet down in the case. It makes the burning rate of the powder less critical than with the .260 Remington.”

As for the ammo, Paul remarked, “Good factory-loaded 6.5 Creedmoor is easy to find, too. Very little factory ammunition for the .260 Remington is adequately loaded that isn’t over-pressured for a 1-in-8-inch-twist barrel in a gas gun. Travis Fisher, with Sheepdog Ammo, does load half-MOA ammo for the .260 Remington that is accurate with 120-grain and 139-grain A-MAX bullets in our gas impingement guns, though. The basic advantage of Creedmoor ammo is that it is more compatible with a semi-auto.”

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