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Hardware: Tikka T3x Lite

The Tikka T3x Lite is a wonderful balance of portability, accuracy and dependability. It’s available in time-proven varmint and big-game calibers, has a user-adjustable trigger, the action is nicely bedded and it carries like a dream.

Behind the Bullet: 6.8 Western

Winchester and Browning have collaborated to produce the 6.8 Western—a new take on the concept of the .270 WSM, using heavier bullets and a faster twist rate than previous iterations of the Winchester cartridges have used. Essentially, the 6.8 Western picks up where the .270 WSM leaves off, and delivers a whole lot more.

Behind the Bullet: .375 Ruger

The .375 Ruger is simple, effective, affordable and shootable, and truly mirrors the velocities of the H&H case in a cartridge housed in a standard long action with a beltless, rimless design.

Hardware: Sauer 101 Highland XTC

Weighing in at 5.5 pounds, the ultralight Sauer 101 Highland XTC is a well-balanced, all-around rifle, featuring a hand-laid carbon fiber stock, fluted and factory threaded barrel, fluted bolt and all the standard S101 features that guarantee reliability and accuracy.

Behind the Bullet: .223 Remington

Undoubtedly one of our nation’s favorite cartridges, the .223 Remington is capable of hair-splitting accuracy in a properly built rifle, has enough velocity for a respectable trajectory, and with the heavier bullets with a higher BC, can resist wind deflection rather well.

Behind the Bullet: 6.5x55 Swedish

While there may be a shine on some of the modern releases in the 6.5mm bore diameter, the 6.5x55 Swedish still makes a sound choice for the practical hunter due to its combination of terminal ballistics, flat trajectory and minimal recoil.

Hardware: 27 Nosler

Nosler has taken the venerable .270 caliber to a new level with the introduction of the 27 Nosler. Conceived as a 21st century upgrade, the new cartridge delivers previously unobtainable downrange ballistics by pairing the ultimate combination of case capacity with modern long-for-caliber bullets.

Behind the Bullet: 6.5 PRC

If you’re in the market for a cartridge that will do double duty in both the hunting fields and on the target range, with a bit more horsepower than the Creedmoor provides, the 6.5 PRC is worth a hard look.

An Ode to the Classic Hunting Cartridges

Your chosen hunting cartridge may not be trending up, but that doesn’t mean these classic rounds aren’t effective and efficient on game.

New for 2020: Norma 6.5 Creedmoor BondStrike Extreme Ammo

Norma has expanded its popular BondStrike long-range hunting line to include 6.5 Creedmoor factory-loaded ammo and a 6.5 mm bullet for reloading.

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