Bergara Premier HMR Pro 6.5 Creedmoor - #5.5 or #6 barrel?

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I’m a total novice here, so go easy on me. Wanting to get into longer range shooting at the range and deer hunting (FL and GA) and wanting to get my first bolt action rifle that can perform well at both. Since I’ll be hunting with it, I’ll definitely want something “out of the box” and not custom, so I don’t feel so bad scuffing it up in the woods. I’d love to do a custom eventually, but baby steps.

I‘ve take a liking to the Bergara Premier HMR Pro 6.5 creedmoor. I noticed they have it in a “medium-heavy” barrel and a heavy barrel and was hoping to get some info on the difference and pros/cons.

Appreciate any help!
 

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    Since no one else has jumped in, here’s my 2 cents.

    I own a 2019 Bergara Premier 6.5 Creedmoor. It came with a #5.5 barrel profile. It’s a fairly heavy hunting rifle to walk around with once you get a rail and scope on it.

    If you want about 1/3 lbs lighter gun, go with the #5.5 vs #6. That’s the difference indicated in the 2019 catalog near the end in the specs: https://www.bergara.online/us/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/2019-Bergara-Catalog.pdf

    I’m no competitor, but reading here indicates heavier is better in comps. But further reading also indicates that balance is quite important in comps as well. if you can check out each model, do that and pay attention to balance. If you’re going to run a can, bring that along to see if they’ll let you attach it.

    I’d imagine a real lopsided gun would be a bear to maneuver in some of those stages.

    I sort of doubt there’s much meaningful difference between the two barrel profiles in terms of performance over strings of fire. But I’ve been wrong before!
     

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    I’m a total novice here, so go easy on me. Wanting to get into longer range shooting at the range and deer hunting (FL and GA) and wanting to get my first bolt action rifle that can perform well at both. Since I’ll be hunting with it, I’ll definitely want something “out of the box” and not custom, so I don’t feel so bad scuffing it up in the woods. I’d love to do a custom eventually, but baby steps.

    I‘ve take a liking to the Bergara Premier HMR Pro 6.5 creedmoor. I noticed they have it in a “medium-heavy” barrel and a heavy barrel and was hoping to get some info on the difference and pros/cons.

    Appreciate any help!
    A few months ago my girlfriend bought the heavy barrel version of the rifle you're asking about. The weight is the only difference and it was only a few ounces heavier than the medium heavy barrel version, so it was an easy choice to get the heavy barrel version. The weight difference wasn't big enough to sway the decision one way or the other. She has plans to compete in her first PRS match in September and hunt with it this fall.

    We made a video discussing it and some of the same concerns/questions you have. Let me know if you have other questions and I'll take a crack at answering them.

     
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    murph1118

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    Really appreciate the info guys, and sorry for the delay. I’m pretty sold unless someone can convince me otherwise. I’m not opposed to the extra weight. I won’t be hiking long distances or anything with it to be concerned about an extra 2-3 pounds over a true hunting rifle.

    If there are any more thoughts, keep ‘em coming! Like I said, I’m a novice in this rifle stuff, but have really started to enjoy shooting them.
     

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    I say if your only hunting whitetail and also want to shoot long range. Get the 6mm CM.

    Less recoil, cheaper ammo

    Shoot Hornady 108 ELDM match ammo.

    Problem solved.
     
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