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Check Out Hornady’s New 7.6 Creedmoor

A 7.6 what? Yep, so new to the news waves that the introduction of a 7.6 Creedmoor has not even made it to the official Hornady product web site yet. Innovation is always afoot at the Hornady ammunition company, so it is no great surprise that they would come out with a brand new factory rifle load, much less one that few have ever heard of before.

The volley of questions and commentary from the armchair shootists has already begun to hit the world wide web of shooting, rifles, and ammunition. The most common questions center on what is so different, what does it do, why, and will it do anything better than a round that is already on the market? I always reply or comment that is it not always about the need, but it is about the want. Shooters and hunters love new stuff. That’s what drives the industry.

Coming right in behind the footsteps of the already well established 6 and 6.5 Creedmoor’s, the new, larger 7.6 Creedmoor will create new excitement for a bigger round. So, what exactly is a 7.6 Creedmoor?

The “7.6” comes from the fact that the bullet is going to be a 7.62 caliber or rather a .30 caliber. The collaboration between a rifle manufacturer (Winchester) and Hornady decided to stay with the Creedmoor marketing angle and adopt the name 7.6. A very appealing marketing ploy in my opinion. I mean, who would want a 7.62 or .30 Creedmoor. The 7.6 moniker keeps with the lineage established with the other Creedmoor cartridges.

The cool part of this new 7.6 Creedmoor development is that this round can be fired in any existing .308 Winchester chambered rifle. It will also be compatible with .308 reloading dies and components. The 7.6 will be able to use bullets in the 150, 155, 168 and 180 weights.

As expected other ammunition manufacturers are poised to get on the 7.6 bandwagon, too. Federal, Hornady, CCI, and Remington are expected to be producing factory ammunition marked 7.6 Creedmoor as soon as possible. The foreign ammo makers of Hirtenberger, Sellier and Bellot, and Prvi Partizan are setting up to produce the new 7.6 as well. It looks like in very short order there will be plenty of factory ammo choices available for the 7.6.

Only time will tell if the 7.6 Creedmoor will catch on, but given the fantastic successes of the 6 and 6.5 Creedmoor, one would expect shooters to welcome the 7.6 big brother with open arms, bolts and chambers.

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