Creedmoor Sports, located in Anniston, Alabama, is a company well known in the high power rifle competition circuit. Recently, they began producing their own line of ammunition. While there are plenty of companies offering loaded cartridges; what makes Creedmoor unique, is their line of ammunition is specifically geared towards competitive shooters and uses top quality components from premium manufactures like Lapua, Hornady, and Nosler. I shot a box of their 308 Winchester 175 Grain BTHP and decided to post this brief review.
Creedmoor rifle ammunition is available in 223 Remington, 308 Winchester, and 30-06 Springfield utilizing both new and re-manufactured brass. 308 Winchester cartridges with new brass are offered with 150, 155, 165, 167, 168, and 175 grain weights.
I headed to the range to zero in a new scope with a box of the 175 grain HPBT Match ammunition, part number AM308175-C20. This cartridge is loaded with the excellent 175 grain Lapua Scenar bullet over Lapua brass for a reasonable $27 a box.
The test rifle is a Remington 700 AAC that has had the factory stock replaced with a TACMOD chassis system. The barrel is a 1:10 twist, Remington Varmint Contour 20″ long. The receiver has been lug slotted to accept a Badger USMC M40A3/A5 Optical Mounting Platform and the factory trigger has been replaced with a 40X trigger. For optics, a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50MM FFP mil/mil scope is mounted in Vortex rings.
All shooting was conducted prone, from an Atlas bipod, with a rear bag. Ballistic information was gathered with a Magnetospeed V3 barrel mounted ballistic chronograph. Temperature was 85F, range conditions were clear with the sun at 2 o’clock to the firing line. Wind was intermittent full value at 3-5 miles/hour.
The Vortex optic was new to this rifle. Since I only had twenty rounds, 5 were used as sighters and the remaining 15, were used to fire 3, 5-shot groups at 100 yards.
Average velocity from the 20″ barrel was 2511 feet/sec with a standard deviation of 15.9. The minimum recorded velocity was 2490 feet/sec, and the maximum was 2549 feet/sec for an extreme spread of 59 feet/sec.
Group 1 measured .976″ (.932 MOA), group 2 measured .672″ (.642 MOA) and group 3 measured 1.264″ (1.207 MOA) with a called flyer (.706″ (.674 MOA) without the flyer). Average accuracy was .971″ including the flyer in group 3 and .785″ excluding it. The cartridges fed well from the AICS magazine. (Editors note: I made minor dope changes in-between each group).
Overall, the performance was good for a factory rifle using factory ammunition. The pricing is impressive; calculating the costs of components needed to load this cartridge (excluding shipping and hazmat fees), I came up with $1.53 a round. The rounds tested here work out to $1.35 a round- which means Creedmoor is selling the loaded ammunition cheaper than you can load it for! Plus, when you are done shooting, you still have Lapua brass!
Even thought my exposure to Creedmoor Ammunition was limited to 20 rounds, I’m impressed with the product and value. For more information about Creedmoor Ammunition, visit Creedmoor Sports website.