The Mk 13 Sniper Rifle in .300 Win Mag is being phased out and replaced by a semi-automatic platform in 6.5 Creedmoor. With that change there is of course a change in ammunition and Hornady are happy to announce that they got the contract for the consumables.
Hornady’s press release doesn’t mention exactly which rifle or contract their purchase agreement relates to, other than it is semi-auto AR10 with a 20″ barrel. We can hypothesis that it might be related to this contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center looking to buy M110K1 6.5CM Upper Receivers from Knight’s Armament Co.
Below you can read the press release:
Department of Defense Chooses 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo from Hornady
Grand Island, NE — A specialized group from the U.S. Department of Defense has purchased an undisclosed amount of 6.5 Creedmoor ammunition from Hornady for its long-range sniper platform.
The 6.5 Creedmoor was tested and selected for engagements from 0 to 1,200 yards.
The purchase agreement coincides with a Department of Defense decision to replace the MK13 bolt-action 300 Win Mag with a 20-inch semiautomatic AR-10 in 6.5 Creedmoor.
With less recoil, the change will provide enhanced accuracy and performance, as well as reduced ammunition and rifle weight, compared to the MK13 300 Win Mag.
The 6.5 Creedmoor from Hornady provides world-class performance in a factory-loaded cartridge. The high-performance, match-accurate round features an excellent cartridge-to-chamber relationship and shoots well in all guns.
The 6.5 Creedmoor features proven Hornady bullets, specially selected cases, carefully matched powder and stringent quality control.
Founded in 1949, Hornady® Manufacturing Company is a family-owned business headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska. Proudly manufacturing products that are made in the USA, Hornady® Manufacturing is a world leader in bullet, ammunition, reloading tool, accessory and security product design and manufacturing.
We may see more use of the 6.5 Creedmoor in the future. It’s an excellent long range cartridge, and apparently it wors fine in Machine Guns also: FN Unveils MK48 Machine Gun in 6.5 Creedmoor.
You can find more details about Hornady’s 6.5 Creedmoor here.
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