SAAMI approves 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC

Hornady’s 6.5 PRC, pictured above, and the 300 PRC have both been accepted by SAAMI, according to an announcement Monday. (Photo: Hornady)

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute announced Monday that it has accepted two new cartridges — the 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge and 300 PRC.

Developed by Hornady Manufacturing Company, both the 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC offer a multi-faceted design that transitions from target and match shooting to the hunting fields.

Drawings submitted to SAAMI detailing the 6.5 PRC. (Photo: SAAMI)

“Both the 6.5 PRC and the 300 PRC are multi-functional cartridges that are excellent choices for target and match shooting as well as hunting applications,” Joe Thielen, Hornady’s Assistant Director of Engineering, said in a press release. “The primary focus of the design of both the 6.5 PRC and the 300 PRC has always been long-range precision shooting. These cartridges and their respective chamber designs were carefully engineered to efficiently use today’s low-drag projectiles coupled with modern propellants that provide shooters with the capability to hit targets at ever increasing distances.”

SAAMI, the association founded by the federal government in 1926 to oversee industry standards, noted that the accuracy and increased demand pushed the organization to evaluate and ultimately add the cartridges to its list.

Drawings of the 300 PRC submitted for review to SAAMI. (Photo: SAAMI)

“SAAMI member companies are the leaders of firearm and ammunition development and innovation,” SAAMI’s Executive Director Rick Patterson commented. “Both the 6.5 and 300 PRC cartridges seek to meet the demand for increased accuracy in today’s trending sport of long-range shooting, and we are pleased to add these new cartridges to our SAAMI Standards.”

Cartridge and chamber drawings for the 6.5 PRC and .300 PRC are now available online.

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