Recently introduced by Hornady, the new 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) was given to a specialized group within the U.S. Department of Defense to be tested, selected and fielded for its multipurpose combat rifle program. Being a versatile cartridge, the 6mm ARC maximizes potential of the AR-15 platform. The consumer offerings will feature bullets selected to deliver ideal performance for hunting, match shooting and personal protection applications.
Hornady Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan, said, “The 6mm ARC began with a simple question: What can we do with today’s technology to maximize the performance of the AR-15 platform? We subsequently modeled and tested a variety of designs in different calibers until we were able to produce the most flexible cartridge possible within the limits of the AR-15 system.”
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This new cartridge delivers less felt recoil than larger short-action-based cartridges, yet takes full advantage of modern, heavy for caliber 6mm bullets that provide excellent accuracy and ballistic performance at extended range. The 6mm ARC delivers substantially better ballistics than the 5.56 NATO with similar recoil and yet delivers comparable ballistics to the venerable 308 Winchester with 30% less weight on both weapons system and ammunition.
“The 6mm ARC does much of what larger cartridges can and everything that smaller cartridges can’t,” Quinlan said.
The 6mm ARC will be available in the following product lines:
·6mm ARC 105 gr. BTHP BLACK®
·6mm ARC 108 gr. ELD® Match™
·6mm ARC 103 gr. ELD-X® Precision Hunter® (Available Fall of 2020).