Pity the speedy 6.5 PRC. The insulted, teased, and bullied speedy 6.5 PRC. This newest of our many 6.5mm centerfire rifle cartridges gets belittled, laughed at, and pushed around by everyone because of its name. PRC? What’s that supposed to stand for? A reader of my recent article on the new 6.5 PRC wondered if PRC stood for the People’s Republic of China.
What do you think PRC stands for? What do you think it should stand for? Let’s have a contest and find out. Submit your most creative name. Our elite panel of judges (yours truly) will determine the winner. Prize is one of the new Bino Docks, the “cup holder for binoculars.” This handy unit mounts in nearly any cupholder in any vehicle. It can be easily hung in a blind or near a cabin window, too, making it dead easy to not only find your binocular when you need it in a hurry, but protect it from bouncing around or falling to the floor. Last I heard, bouncing a binocular off anything was not a good idea. Bino Dock to the rescue.
But first we need a creative name for the 6.5 PRC. Before jumping in with your submission, you should know that we will award points for context as well as creativity. Powerfully Reliable Computer, for instance, isn’t likely to impress us. Perfectly Reliable Cartridge gets closer, but is damning with faint praise. Predictably Redundant… Well, let’s not give away too many options.
Before choosing your PRC name, you might want to read about the cartridge, what it does, how it arrived on the crowded 6.5mm cartridge scene, and what 6.5 PRC really stands for. Surely there’s a good reason for it, right? Then fire up your creative engine and impress us. We can’t promise that Hornady will rename the 6.5 PRC in your honor, but your interpretation of PRC might become the commonly accepted standard used around the world for decades. After all, the good old 30-30 was officially introduced as the 30 Winchester Center Fire, but who calls it that anymore?
If you’re wondering why we suddenly have so many 6.5mm cartridges, well, it’s because a .264-inch bullet weighing about 140-grains can be pushed 2,700 fps to as fast as 3,350 fps without excessive recoil. Sleek in shape with a high B.C. rating, such a projectile will retain maximum energy far downrange, resist wind deflection admirably, and strike with sufficient energy to terminate most commonly hunted big game from pronghorns to moose. In short, it’s close to the ideal compromise of bullet diameter, shape, mass and velocity combined with recoil levels most shooters easily tolerate without flinching. If you think the 30-calibers are more than you need and the 24-calibers are not quite enough. and you can stand a drab of bad poetry… you’re knocking on the door of this two-sixty-four.
At my last count we have a dozen viable, commercially available 6.5mm cartridges from which to choose, listed here from slowest to fastest (approximate maximum velocities) all with 140-gr bullets except the Grendel.
6.5 Grendel (130-gr.) 2,400
6.5×55 Swede 2,700
6.5 Creedmoor 2,750
260 Remington 2,800
6.5x57mm Mauser 2,800
6.5-284 Norma 2,900
6.5-06 A-Square 2,900
6.5 PRC 2,990
6.5 Remington Magnum 3,020
264 Winchester Magnum 3,040
26 Nosler 3,300
6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum 3,390
As you can see, the 6.5 PRC perches comfortably near the middle. So what do you think the PRC should stand for? Or would you drop PRC and go with something completely different? Send us your idea and maybe you will win the Bino Dock. If you don’t see a pop up box for entering, just send your idea in the COMMENTS section below.
With apologies to Shakespeare, Spomer believes a speedy 6.5 PRC by any other name will still shoot as fast.