Derrick and the team at Horizon Firearms are very familiar with the 6.5 PRC, as they were one of only six builders originally listed by Hornady as builders of this new up and coming caliber. The 6.5 PRC holds almost 30% more powder than the 6.5 Creedmoor and Hornady offers it in two factory loads – the 147grain ELD Match and a 143 grain ELD-X. From a 24-inch barrel these loads have reported muzzle velocities of 2,910 fps and 2,960 fps. Derrick says that these numbers are relatively conservative when compared to those that some hand loaders are achieving, seeing numbers closer to 3,025 fps out of a 24-inch barrel with the 143-grain round. Derrick says he has been hunting with the 6.5 PRC since last November and likens it to a high-power Creedmoor, without a significant increase in recoil. Comparing the performance of the 6.5 PRC to the 6.5 Creedmoor, Derrick says that his PRC with a 22-inch barrel is faster than his 27.5-inch Creedmoor, highlighting how even after losing 5 inches of barrel you can still get impressive results. He’ll explain why this caliber is quickly gaining traction, and especially among sheep hunters.
Switching gears, Derrick will talk rebarreling. In addition to building custom rifles, Horizon Firearms also offers rebarreling which gives the factory rifle you already own, a semi-custom performance with the existing action. He’ll talk about the rebarreling process which involves truing the factory action and trigger, replacing the barrel with one that has been hand lapped and contoured to your specifications, bedding the action in the stock and then test shooting the rifle for groups. Although it’s not entirely custom, Horizon Firearms still guarantees their rebarrels to shoot .5 MOA. Derrick says that rebarreling is a great way to dip your toe into the precision gun world, from a budget perspective. You get a turn key rifle back with precision components that are fit correctly with a nice barrel. He says it’s also a great way to try a different caliber and will explain the different options available to those who may be looking to change up their caliber.
Finally, with any build, whether it’s a custom rifle or rebarrel, Derrick talks about the pride they take in including the customer in the overall experience as well as working diligently and thoughtfully to help produce the best possible, final, outcome. Tune in for an informative look at calibers, custom rifles and more with Derrick Ratliff of Horizon Firearms.
Straight shooting friends,