6.5 PRC vs .300 PRC

Which is best for you, the 6.5 PRC or .300 PRC? Here's how to pick the right Precision Rifle Cartridge to fit your needs.

6.5 PRC vs .300 PRC
Cutting-edge design and performance grace both the 6.5 PRC and the .300 PRC, but the two cartridges differ greatly in the uses they are best suited for.

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?

Both PRC cartridges draw their ancestry from the .375 Ruger case (center.) The .300 PRC has a maximum overall length (OAL) of 3.700 and requires a full-length magnum rifle action. The 6.5 PRC has a maximum OAL of 2.955 inches and fits into a short magnum action.

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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