3 New Long-Range Centerfire Loads
A trio of new ammo for 1,000 yards
Recognizing the growing popularity of long-range shooting and tactical matches, ammo makers have stepped up their game with various loads designed to center-punch targets at way-out-there distances. Here are three new offerings to check out.
Federal Gold Medal Berger
This .308 Win. fires a 185-grain Berger Juggernaut at 2,600 fps. This bullet has a published G1 B.C. of .555 and a G7 value of .284. The Juggernaut really shines when shot at distances where the bullet is approaching transonic speeds. So if you want to push the .308 Win. to the limit, this is a good choice.
Nosler 6.5 Creedmoor RDF
These sleek bullets were designed with longer boattails and very consistent meplats—which is a fancy word for the open tip on the nose of the bullet—to enhance shot-to-shot accuracy. The 140-grain 6.5mm RDF launches at 2,650 fps in the 6.5 Creedmoor, giving it impressive trajectory to 1,000 yards and beyond.
Sig Sauer 6.5 Creedmoor OTM
This load is attractive not only for its accuracy, but for its price. The 140-grain Sierra Matchking HPBT bullet—which Sig refers to as an OTM (Open Tip Match) bullet—has a muzzle velocity of 2,625 fps. The ammo is loaded with powder that is less temperature-sensitive for better performance in variable weather.