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Hornady Introduces the 6mm ARC

Hornady 6mm ARC ammunition [©Hornady]
The Hornady Manufacturing Company of Nebraska has announced the introduction of a new 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) ammunition range.


Press Release, Grand Island, 03 June 2020: Hornady is proud to introduce the new 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge). Recently tested, selected and fielded by a specialised group within the US Department of Defense for its multi-purpose combat rifle programme, the 6mm ARC is a truly versatile cartridge that maximises the 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.

“The 6mm ARC began with a simple question: What can we do with today’s technology to maximise the performance of the AR-15 platform?” Hornady Ballistician Jayden Quinlan said. “We subsequently modelled and tested a variety of designs in different calibres until we were able to produce the most flexible cartridge possible within the limits of the AR-15 system.”

Hornady 6mm ARC ammunition [©Hornady]

This new cartridge delivers less felt recoil than larger short-action-based cartridges, yet takes full advantage of modern, heavy for calibre 6mm bullets that provide excellent accuracy and ballistic performance at extended range.

“The 6mm ARC does much of what larger cartridges can and everything that smaller cartridges can’t,” Quinlan said.

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 will be available in the following product lines:

  • 6mm ARC 105 gr. BTHP Hornady BLACK
  • 6mm ARC 108 gr. ELD Match
  • 6mm ARC 103 gr. ELD-X Precision Hunter (Available Fall of 2020)
Hornady 6mm ARC ammunition – Tactical Application Police [©Hornady]
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