Hornady introduced two cutting-edge cartridges, both wearing the “PRC” name (for Precision Rifle Cartridge). Being from the same family, as it were, do these two cartridges - 6.5 PRC and .300 PRC - compete? If so, which is better? If not, what is each round’s place in the cartridge realm?
Complementing, Not Competing
While the two PRC cartridges share design concepts and engineering characteristics, and have some very real similarities, they are vastly different in the tasks they are suitable for.
Let’s start with the similarities. Both the 6.5 PRC and the .300 PRC are engineered with an ideal ratio of propellant capacity to bore diameter for long-range work. Both milk the best out of long, high-BC bullets of their particular bore diameter with relative efficiency, providing a combination of outstanding performance and acceptable barrel life. Both share ancestry; the .375 Ruger case is the direct parent of the .300 PRC and the grandparent—via the .300 RCM—of the 6.5 PRC.
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