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6 mm BR Remington
6mm BR
6mm BR, 6mm Dasher and .308 Winchester cartridges
Type Rifle
Place of origin Flag of the United States.svg United States
Production history
Designer Wildcats: Various
Commercial: Mike Walker
Designed Wildcats: 1962-1963
Commercial: 1978
Produced 1978-present
Variants Several. See article.
Parent cartridge .308×1.5-inch Barnes [1]
Case type Rimless, Bottleneck
Bullet diameter .243 in (6.2 mm)
Neck diameter .270 in (6.9 mm)
Shoulder diameter .458 in (11.6 mm)
Base diameter .473 in (12.0 mm)
Case length 1.560 in (39.6 mm)
Primer type small rifle
Maximum CUP 52,000 CUP
6mm Norma BR
Type Rifle
Place of origin Sweden
Production history
Manufacturer Norma
Produced 1996
Parent cartridge 6mm BR Remington
Case type Rimless, Bottleneck
Neck diameter 0.271 in (6.9 mm)
Shoulder diameter 0.458 in (11.6 mm)
Base diameter 0.469 in (11.9 mm)
Rim diameter 0.473 in (12.0 mm)
Case length 1.560 in (39.6 mm)
Overall length 2.440 in (62.0 mm)

The 6mm BR is a centerfire cartridge created for benchrest shooting. The cartridge is also known as the 6mm Bench Rest or simply 6 BR, and has also developed a following among varmint hunters because of its efficiency.[2] There are two basic variants of very similar dimensions, known as the 6mm BR Remington and the 6mm Norma BR.

Cartridge HistoryEdit

Soon after the introduction of the .308×1.5" Barnes cartridge, wildcatters and experimenters began developing their own wildcats based on the cartridge. By 1963 there were several .22 (5.7 mm) and .24 (6.1 mm) caliber cartridges based on the Barnes’ cartridge. The new cartridges’ accuracy and efficiency was noticed by the bench rest shooting community. The .24 caliber (6.1 mm) cartridge version became known as the 6mm Bench Rest or the 6mm BR due to its widespread use in the sport of bench rest shooting.

Since the cartridge was a wildcat and was not standardized until several years later, several variations of the cartridge existed. Cases required fire forming in the chamber to provide the maximum in accuracy as chambers of the rifles varied from one to another.[3] Several 6mm BR variants exist apart from the Remington and Norma versions: the 6mm BRX,[4] 6mm Dasher,[5] 6 mm BRBS[6] 6 mm UBL.[7]

In 1978 Remington started manufacturing their Remington 40-X rifle in the 6mm BR and named their version of the cartridge the 6mm Bench Rest Remington.[8] By 1988 Remington was also manufacturing ammunition.[9] Remington continues to offer the 6mm BR Remington in the 40-X series rifles.[10] The Remington version of this cartridge is now considered to be obsolete.[9]

In 1996 Norma of Sweden introduced the 6mm Norma BR which was dimensionally similar to the 6mm BR Remington. However the chamber of the Norma version provided a longer throat making allowances for the seating of VLD bullets.[9] This is the most common variation of the cartridge used today.[11]

The 6mm Norma BR has become a popular chambering in match rifles used in 300 metres (328 yd) ISSF and CISM and other 300 metres rifle disciplines.[12][13]


The 6mm BR Remington cartridge is based a necked down .308x1.5" Barnes cartridge which in turn is based on the .308 Winchester case shortened to 1.5 inches (38 mm). It is one of the earlier cartridges to follow the short, fat design concept. Short fat cartridges have characteristics that make them more efficient and accurate.[14]


6mm Norma BREdit

The 6mm Norma BR cartridge introduced by Norma in 1996. It is based on the 6mm BR Remington cartridge, although where Remington's cartridge was intended for bullets of about 70 grains (4.5 g), Norma standardized their set of chambering specifications for a very low drag (VLD) bullet of over 100 grains (6.5 g), thus realizing the long-range capabilities of the cartridge. This resulted in a much longer throat in rifles chambered for the Norma cartridge.[15]


See alsoEdit


  1. Nosler, Inc. (2002). Nosler Reloading Guide (5th Edition ed.). Bend, OR, USA: Nosler, Inc.. p. 120. Barcode 54041 50005. 
  2. Simpson, Layne (2005). Layne Simpson's Shooter's Handbook: 600 Questions Answered. Krause Publications. pp. 192–193. ISBN 978-0-87349-939-2. "The same cartridge in the short action Remington Model 700 rifle and Model Seven carbine would be excellent outfits for varmint shooting" 
  3. "6mmBR Cartridge Guide". Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  4. Whitley, Robert (31 July 2010). "The 6mm BRX — Myth-Busting with Bob Crone". Accurate Shooter. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  5. "6mm Dasher". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  6. "6BR Improved Cartridge Guide". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. "Taming a New Wildcat -- 6 UBL Drives 107s to 3005 fps". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  8. Hawks, Chuck (2005). "The 6mm BR Remington". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "6mm Norma BR and 6mm BR Remington". Ammo-One. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  10. "40-X Series". Remington Arms Company Inc. 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  11. "6mmBR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  12. Lapua Sport Shooting cartridges - the 6mm Norma BR
  13. 6mm Norma BR DL match cartridge for 300 m rifle shooting product page
  14. De Haas, Frank; Wayne Van Zwoll (2003). "Short Stature, Long Range". Bolt Action Rifles - 4th Edition. Krause Publications. pp. 636–643. ISBN 978-0-87349-660-5. 
  15. Barnes, Frank C. (2000). M.L. McPherson. ed. Cartridges of the World (9th ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 2p. ISBN 0-87341-909-X. 

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