Sierra Bullets 6.5 Creedmoor Load Data


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Firearm Used: Universal Receiver
Barrel Length: 24”
Twist: 1-8’’
Case: Hornady
Trim-to Length: 1.910’’
Primer: Winchester WLR


Developed in 2007 by Dennis DeMille and Dave Emary, the 6.5 Creedmoor is a shortened and improved 30 TC cartridge case that was inspired by the .308 Winchester design.  This short action design was created to maximize case capacity and a wide range of loading lengths, while still fitting in standard short action magazines.  With the correct twist barrel, the versatile 6.5 Creedmoor can take advantage of the wide range of bullet weights available in 6.5mm.  Reloaders should keep in mind that the 6.5 Creedmoor works best with medium to medium-slow powders such as H4350, Varget, Win 760, and RE-17.  The light recoil and adaptability of the efficient 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge has already proven itself in high power, precision rifle series and benchrest competitions.  Couple that with respectable barrel life and its intrinsic accuracy potential and you have a recipe for success which should insure its legacy for decades to come.



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FAQ: New Sierra Bullets Ownership By Clarus

As many of you have recently learned, Sierra Bullets has been acquired by the Clarus Corporation (NASDAQ: CLAR). We are excited for this opportunity to expand the great service and top quality products we offer to you moving forward.

Prior owners, BHH Management, acquired Sierra Bullets in 1969 from the founding partners and owned the company for almost 50 years. In the twilight of their careers, BHH Management set out to find new owners who could be diligent stewards for another 50 years and beyond. Clarus Corporation’s matching organizational values and intense focus on quality made this an easy decision for them.

The leadership behind Clarus Corporation have a rich heritage in the sporting market, which is what attracted them to Sierra Bullets. Their other companies such as Safariland Group, Black Diamond, and Pieps demonstrate their commitment to the outdoor industry. Many of you will be very familiar with The Safariland Group and their long history of providing innovative holsters and protective equipment to consumers, military, and LE customers around the world.

We will be happy to answer all your questions about the transition.

  1. Will Sierra Bullets be moving?

    No – Clarus has committed to keeping Sedalia, MO home for all 140 Sierra employees and their families.  Unfortunately, our dreams of moving the plant to a private tropical island were quickly squashed. =(

  2. Will I will be able to get the same great bullets I have come to love?

    Yes! There are no planned changes to the existing product line, but watch for exciting new additions in the future! Perhaps our dream of making a self-propelled gravity defying gold core titanium bullet will finally be fulfilled! =)

  3.  Are there any changes to the staff?

    Nope – you are still stuck with all of us from the President on down.

  4. Can I invest in the company that now owns Sierra Bullets?

    Yes – Clarus Corporation is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol “CLAR”. Or you can continue investing in Sierra Bullets one little green box at a time! =)

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How Accurate is the 7.62×39 Russian?

Written by Ballistic Technician Gary Prisendorf

When someone mentions the 7.62×39 Russian cartridge, accurate isn’t usually a word that comes to mind.

The cartridge itself is capable of decent accuracy, the problem lies with the type of firearms usually chambered for the cartridge are not usually designed to be tack drivers.

We are all familiar with the SKS and AK rifles that are rugged and reliable, but we feel lucky when we can hold a 3 inch group at 100 yards.

Around ten years ago, I bought a CZ527M chambered in 7.62×39, just to see how accurate the little round can be.

I played with it some and the little carbine usually averaged around 1.5” groups at 100 yards.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to actually attempt to tune a load for my little CZ, and see what it was capable of.

I ended up settling on a load using a Sierra 125 grain Pro-Hunter #2305 and 24.5 grains of Accurate 1680.*

This past weekend I shot three groups at 100 yards, all were 5 shot groups using sandbags for a rest. The results are as follows:

Group #1= .990”

Group#2= .829”

Group#3= 1.083”

The three group average was .967”, not too bad for a factory carbine.

*While this load was safe in this rifle, it may not be safe in all firearms.

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How Much Difference Does Ballistic Coefficient Make?

Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box

Judging by the calls I’ve had through the years, I think some shooters might be placing too much importance on ballistic coefficient. The best example of this comes from a call I had one day. This shooter called wanting the ballistic coefficient (BC) of one of our bullets. After I told him he seemed a little disappointed, so I ask him what his application was. Long range target, deer hunting in the woods? Talk to me.

As it turned out, he hunted deer in open timber. Very rarely shot beyond 100 yds. I pointed out to him that under 200 yds. B.C. has little impact. Let’s compare a couple of bullets.

Let’s look at the trajectory of a couple of bullets and see how they compare. The .30 caliber 180 gr. round nose #2170 and the 180 gr. Spitzer boat tail #2160. The round nose has a B.C. of .240, the SBT is .501. Starting both bullets out of the muzzle at 2700 FPS and zeroed at 100 yards, at 200 yards the #2170 RN impacts 4.46” low and the #2160 SBT impacts 3.88” low.  A difference of only .58” in spite of a huge difference in B.C. If we compare out at 500 yds., then we have a huge difference of 14.27” between these two bullets.

In a hunting situation, under 200 yds, having a difference of only .58” isn’t going to make or break us. But elk hunting in wide open spaces it could mean everything.

The next time you’re choosing a bullet, give some thought about the distances you will be shooting. Sometimes B.C. isn’t everything.  If you have any questions, please give the Sierra Bullets technicians a call at 800-233-8799.

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Throwback Thursday: Sierra Bullet Boards Over the Years

Sierra Bullets has created seven bullet boards to display the bullet line over the years. Do you have one in your reloading room?  Let us know in the comments.

Sierra Bullet Board4
Sold from 1965 to 1969 – $8.50
Product Description: This attractive display board of all bullets manufactured by Sierra Bullets, Inc. The display is pleasantly arranged within a 16 x 16 inch portrait type frame made of lightweight, durable plastic.  Each of the 52 actual bullets are identified for caliber, style, and weight.  Each is mounted in a fitted depression and fastened with a special adhesive compound.  The acetate cover is printed on the inside to prevent defacing.  It will not fade and it is easily cleaned.  While the attractive display is primarily intended for dealer wall or counter display, it would ornament the will of any shooter’s den or gun room, while providing a ready reference to the entire Sierra bullet line.   

Sierra_Bullet_BoardSold from 1970 – 1972

Sold from 1973 – 1974 for $15.00


Sold from 1975 – 1977 for $25.00
Product Description: This attractively designed Bullet Board provides a rich wood-grained oval background for Sierra’s complete line of 79 precision bullets.  An ideal decoration for either office or den, the Bullet Board also doubles as a convenient reference source by showing bullet caliber, diameter, grain weight and design.


First sold in 1977 for $30.00
Sold from 1977 – 1980

Product Description: This attractively designed Bullet Board provides a rich wood-tone background for Sierra’s complete line of precision bullets.  An ideal decoration for either office or den, the Bullet Board also doubles as a convenient reference source by showing bullet caliber, diameter, grain weight and design.  The board features the two latest additions to the Sierra line the .45 Long Colt (240 gr.) and the .375 Big Game Hunting Bullet (300 gr.).  The board is a handy reference source giving the caliber, diameter, grain weight and design of each of the 84 precision-made Sierra bullets.
Approximately 22″ wide X 15″.

BulletBoardCaliforniaWoodFirst sold in 1980 for $38.50
Sold from 1980 – 1995

Product Description: The Sierra Bullet Board is made of everything rich and real.  Rich real California Redwood.  A complete selection of genuine Sierra Bullets.  Classic cooper metallic printing.  One of limited collection. *Company records indicate these boards were offered in Redwood, Oak, Cedar, and Zebrawood
(approximately 25 specially made pictured below)

WestTexasWholesale_Letter Click to read a letter dated February 11, 1982 about the Zebrawood bullet board. BulletBoard_Zebrawood

SierraBullets50thAnniversaryBulletBoardFirst sold in 1996 for $299.95
Product Description: Created to celebrate Sierra Bullet’s 50th anniversary.  We only made 5000 pieces, so this impressive board is sure to be a collector’s item.  Each plaque is handcrafted from the finest solid oak and features one of all 158 bullets made at the time.  Leather-look background details bullet calibers and grain weights and is accented by engraved wood trim and framed by a 1/2″ select hemp rope.  Key hole cut back for easy hanging. Bullet boards are numbered in the lower right hand corner.

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The Changing Times

Written by Ballistic Technician Duane Siercks

We all certainly remember how in the very recent past certain types of ammunition have been difficult to find. At times, it seemed almost impossible to get your hands on 22LR ammo. And you could forget about the 22 WMR. That was virtually impossible. But in the last few months we have begun to see the 22LR supplies being more visible. I had one of the fellow employees remark that he was able to walk into Wal-Mart and buy all the 22 ammo he wanted. I did get an e-mail notice from a major distributor concerning the 22 WMR ammo now being available in good quantities. They were also offering special prices on certain offerings as well.

We have also seen the availability on firearms becoming more steady. Prices have also backed up a little bit. For the most part, if there is a purchase you have been waiting to make, now would be a good time to start really shopping on prices. It is more of a “buyers” market at this time.

With hunting seasons rapidly approaching, getting that new rifle set up and fine tuned is a great idea. It would be an great time to get that young hunter into their first rifle or shotgun. Give them plenty of time to get familiar and comfortable to insure that you have a ready hunting buddy for a long, long time. Maybe it could be a new .22 rifle to hunt small game. Many of my best memories were small game hunts that were very rewarding. Especially with my wife and daughters.

Reloading components for the most part are in better supply. You will still find a few items missing from the shelves, but those grow fewer and fewer by the week. I know there was a major stocking spree in the last several years as people wanted to make sure they had their needs covered. While inventories are flush, now would be a good time to practice. While you can use some of the older stock of supplies and refresh it with new. You could also work on and possibly improve your loads.

Even though this seems to be a slower time in the shooting industry, this makes it all the better for the shooter. You can now enjoy your sport with less worry about supply. Go out and enjoy. Include the family. Teach them the joy of the shooting sports. Help them learn to be safe and responsible and have fun.

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45 Colt Report

Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Philip Mahin

Last time we spoke, I said I would give you an accuracy report from my Henry 45 Colt shooting our #8820 240 gr JHC Sports Master so here it is. As much as I try to keep the thing cool between shots, it does heat up after a 5 shot group. I have realized if I put the gun aside after every shot and let it cool back down to ambient temperature, it won’t open groups as bad. I could get three off before it ever got warm enough to make any difference but it is a hunting gun and I shouldn’t need more than the first one, right?

The first three shots are usually close, within an inch and a quarter or so and after that, they go a little wild. My notes list a nine shot group inside of two and three quarter inches. Also my notes list rapid fire three shot groups that average two inches from my sitting position.

I was able to get one group that measured less than an inch from four shots off my bench. It went off the paper target and went into the cardboard backing so I saved it to show here.

By the way, these descriptions are running center to center and shot at fifty yards. One other thing to remember, the front sight brass bead covers roughly six inches in diameter at fifty yards.  It is original to the firearm and it worked well with the ghost ring rear sight I installed. Speaking of the rear sight, it wears an XS Sights ghost aperture designed for the Marlin 336 because the hole spacing matched. My shooting keeps the aperture bottomed out and almost all the way to the left but that keeps me well inside the top half of the front sight.

Even though they say the gun alone weights six and a half pounds, it is easy to shoulder fast because it is short and handy. It is easy to carry because it balances so well with the hand just forward of the trigger guard. There is no safety but the hammer will rest down on a full chamber because of a transfer bar system. To make it fire would take the hammer to be re-cocked and then the trigger pulled. I applaud them for this kind of system because in an ever-increasing world of products that dumb us down, this puts the control back into my hands where it should be in the first place.

The brass life has exceeded my expectations as I’m on reload number seven so far. I’ve not been kind to them either with higher than normal for the cartridge pressures. The primer pockets are still tight and the case mouths are still flexible. I have needed to trim them but that is because the brass is moving 0.01” or more from fired to full length sized.

I am glad I was able to purchase this firearm. It has performed well for me and I enjoy using it. I made the mistake of saying that ‘someday, I’ll shoot the barrel out and…’ and before I could finish, the 800 room was a roar with laughter.

Till next time, have fun and be safe shooting.

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My Philmont Adventure

Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Rich Machholz

This story starts way back in February. Actually before that even, during the SHOT Show to be specific. During that time frame Mr. David O’Neill from the Boy Scouts of America approached our President Mr. Patrick Daly for assistance at The Philmont Scout Ranch and Training Center near Cimarron New Mexico. Since I spend one week a summer teaching reloading at Trinidad State Junior College in association with their NRA Summer Gunsmithing courses if I could get one week to follow the other in no particular order it would work out very well. As luck would have it The Philmont opportunity was the week before the Trinidad class. Perfect!

I had no idea of what to expect but 6 years of past experience at Trinidad teaching Reloading A-Z and 25 years of Technical Assistance here at Sierra Bullets has conditioned me to all levels of experience when it comes to reloading. Still it bothered me that I had absolutely no idea of the format other than other people from the industry would be there to assist also. I didn’t have a plan. To make things worse I’d never been past the NRA Whittington Shooting Center and had no idea of how many hours of driving time I was looking at. So my plan was pretty simple, get through Kansas City after morning rush hour but before the noon rush, then turn up the wick and get some miles under us. By this time I did have an idea of the time frame and it seemed like about 15 1/2 hours total door to door. We gave the house sitter last minute instructions, told the dogs good bye and headed west. The wife was still trying to pack her suitcase as I was dragging it to the car. Go figure.

Luckily I-70 is pretty simple to navigate through Kansas City and we missed the major traffic so the first part of our trip was good. There is a short section of toll road to pass through and then it’s hello Kansas.

Now I’ve heard it said many times that the best time to go through Kansas is during the night. Nothing could be further from the truth this year. They have had plenty of rain and the hills are vibrant with color from wild flowers and all the various greens. The familiar tans and grays of scorched earth were not there this year replaced with the abundance of prairie fauna. I was relieved to see Oakley Kansas coming up which would be our stopping point for the day. No more driving into the late afternoons bright setting sun.

After a good nights rest at Oakley we headed west southwest on Highway 40. We gained an hour around Sharon Springs Colorado and continued on to lunch at La Junta Colorado by following highway 385 which also loosely follows the Santé Fe Trail. There is an 80 mile stretch on 385 from La Junta to Trinidad that is pretty isolated and no services. Normally it is desert to a Missourian like me but this year it is green and lush and the cattle are slick and heavy. It was a beautiful scenic drive for a change. We jumped on I-25 and headed south at Trinidad and encountered a huge rock slide in the Raton pass that closed the north bound lanes. It was still closed a week later and is probably still closed three weeks later as some of the boulders were much larger than a good sized house. Finally, over the pass, we head down the other side past Raton on I-25 looking for NM highway 64 which will take us past The NRA Whittington Center, Cold Beer NM and ultimately to Cimarron New Mexico where we turn left on Highway 21 taking us to the Philmont Base Camp.

Okay we are in the area but where is the main office? The Philmont Base Camp is huge. A maize of familiar brown buildings, a huge lodge and another group of buildings that form the center of the Base Camp. Signage is plentiful, comprehension not so much and after asking a couple of times we finally get to the office, meeting several very pleasant people on the way. Our very busy host Mr. David O’Neil, gave us a brief overview of the Ranch and made sure we did indeed have a roof over our heads for our visit. Hey … it’s a scout camp! All I saw was tents, lots of tents and I found out my wife had no intentions of sleeping in a tent on this trip. So, as we pass through the main camp area we say good bye to literally 100s of tents that are waiting for the onslaught of scouts due in at the end of the week. Ten miles further we arrive at the main gate to the ranch that is hosting us and we are greeted by 10-12 mule deer just inside the gates. As we proceed down the long drive past large corrals to the main lodge located in a valley, a flock of turkeys come strolling through the short grass pasture only slightly concerned by our presence. Wildlife is present and abundant, the silence is deafening.

Our lodging was at the UU Bar Ranch and the accommodations were top notch, staffed by a very gracious group of people.  In the warm months fishing is a big draw with angling for trout, bass and pike besides hiking and other outdoor activities.  In the fall upland game and big game hunts are on the agenda.

By now I have to admit that I had a certain amount of anxiety. All I knew was that me and several of my industry peers were going to be present to help train the “trainers”. It was hard to rest but as the other members of the team arrived I began to relax. Breakfast at 6:30 AM, assemble by 8 AM were the instructions and bring water bottle, rain jacket, camera and any training materials. I had noted the altitude earlier at 7000+. We divided up into 4 groups. My group picked a sack lunch and loaded into 4X4 Suburbans headed out to Sawmill Camp. And what a trip it was, Grant Reigelman was our driver and he made sure to point out landmarks and points of interest all the while keeping at least 2 wheels in contact with the not so civilized trail. (Even the wildest imagination could not envision this as a road.) The dozer operators who cut and maintain these “trails” must be fearless! On one side you had no room and the other, well lots and lots of room, all down usually, waaay down.

Grant said Sawmill was at about 10,500 feet and the “staffers” trekked to the camp a few days earlier following well marked trails. We finally arrived after more than an hour of negotiating trails and were greeted by some jubilant campers.

So after introductions all around we head to the main camp building. Sawmill Camp in two buildings, living quarters and a loading “shack” which is actually pretty darn nice, roomy and well light.

The staff was comprised of 9 guys, the oldest was 21 maybe and the youngest 16. All were at least familiar with reloading and the equipment on hand. We established that we were to load 30-06 and 150 grain bullets with Hodgdon H4895 and we decided that 42 grains would be a user friendly load. There were 7 of us industry members so we each took a staffer through each phase of the reloading process at least twice individually to make sure they fully understood the process and were comfortable with the process. Then each staffer loaded a minimum of 20 cartridges to be fired later in the day.

Someone called lunch and got no argument from me. By this time I was just getting adjusted to the extreme altitude and it was evident that a fat flatlander from Missouri couldn’t breathe in the rare air of New Mexico at 10,000+ feet of elevation, at least not right away. I had picked ham for my sack lunch and I was amazed at how it was packed. The bread was individually packed, the ham in another bag, lettuce/tomato in another, soft drink, apple, chips and a cookie plus condiments. Life is good.

After lunch we went back to the loading shack to finish loading our 20 rounds each. When that was completed the staffers trekked to the rifle range while we rode – most of the way. A fallen tree was the final obstacle. More deep hard breathing as we walked a short distance to the shooting range. The shooting area was a 40×40 covered area with 4 nice shooting benches on one end, ground level on one side and elevated about 6-8 feet on the other side.

The range itself was short, only 100 yards with 50 and 75 yard targets as well. Ruger furnished the firearms and they were M77 Guide Guns in 30-06. Earlier I had questioned the caliber choice and lobbied for the light 42 grain load. The Guide Guns do have a muzzle brake but even if they didn’t it wouldn’t have dampened the enthusiasm of the shooters. All loads went bang, functioned without a hitch and targets were hit. Safety was paramount as it should be but the staffers policed themselves every bit as diligently as any Range Officer you have ever encountered. Our job completed we said our good byes and left the staffers with some seriously dirty guns and lots of empty brass to reload.

On the way down I had lots of questions. Grant pointed out that last year (2016) over 27,000 kids participated in the Philmont Camping and Training Adventure Programs, nearly 12,000 were new to a shooting discipline. He was also quick to point out that Philmont is the only major camp with a shooting program. Sawmill is the centerfire camp but a few days trek away is either black power, shotgun, traditional muzzle loader or frontier black powder camps. Those kids fired 38,617 black powder shots, in excess of 22,000 30-06 cartridges and over 18,000 shotgun shells. The Frontier camp shot over 36,000 38 Special cartridges. There are many other camps scattered over the 140,000 acre high country ranch. In all over 123,000 shots were fired using nearly 600 pounds of Hodgdon powder! That is a lot of shooting in just a few short weeks.

The next day was just as early but we visited other back country camps that were closer with easier access. The scenery was beautiful and the trails nearly as challenging but not nearly as long. In all we visited 4 more camps. The staffers were dressed in period costumes typical of the time the camp represented. That is except for the Harlan Camp which is the shotgun camp. They had just received new Browning O/U Citouri 12 gauge shotguns and Skler Switlik had just come to rebuild their Promatic traps so it was a big day plus Shawn Wosniak had done his magic to their MEC loaders. They were eager to show their camp off.

I learned a lot on this trip. First, be prepared to walk much more than you do at home. You park your car and walk to the dining hall, infirmary, Tooth of Time Traders or the offices. There are handicapped parking spaces but you’d better be handicapped if you use them.
Tooth of Time Traders is a great place to shop for quality outdoor gear at reasonable prices.

The logistics of Philmont is staggering. They have over 300 kids arriving each day and after the first few days that many kids leaving as well. There are also 300 coming back from trekking each day. How do you keep track of 1000 different teenagers on a daily basis and consider that the first 300 are there for several days with more arriving each day and none of them have tracking collars! It would be hard enough if they were in town but they aren’t. They are not even close to a light. They are on the trail in the high back country wilderness, on their own come rain or shine, heat or cold with only their own two feet for travel. But then they are Boy Scouts and prepared.

So when they embark on their trek they are carrying everything they need including food and water. Again the logistics of all that just stagger me! At peak time they will have 5000-6000 kids on the trail each day. Some just coming back, others just leaving and yet others that are on the trail and have been for a couple of days. They all have to eat and drink and must have all that in advance. My wife and I parented only had one child, try as we might I guarantee you we didn’t know where he was every minute of every day. So for The Boy Scouts to allow me to help them with their Shooting Sports Training Days is both a flattering and pleasurable experience that I would eagerly accept again.

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