Range Time

My only addition was an OSS Gen 5 Elite back pressure regulator (BPR). Mounted over the barrel, it provides excellent flash and blast suppression, adding about an inch to overall length. It’s not all that quiet using just this BPR, but is a ton easier on the ears than a bare muzzle or brake. Recoil mitigation is excellent and it keeps things light and handy in the field. You can add a suppressor to the muzzle and it is plenty quiet, as quiet as most suppressors. Most testing was completed using my Kifaru pack loaded up with water, a couple bags for support and a Feisol Tripod using a Really Right Stuff rifle clamp. Coated in tactical rattle, it is very lightweight and makes it easy to get set up where possible.

Designed for hard use applications, the Wilson Combat 14.6-inch M-LOK handguard combines light-weight and a slim profile with rugged construction. M-LOK cuts around its circumference—with exception of the full-length Picatinny top strip—allow you to mount whatever accessory you need, wherever you need to mount it.

Accuracy was excellent with all the ammunition tested. Earlier testing for a different piece using match-grade target ammunition yielded consistent .50- to .60-inch groups using Federal Berger 130-grain OTM at 100 yards. This round also held out to 1,000 yards in some stiff wind and consistently produced 300 yard groups in the 1.50- to 1.75-inch range. Barnes 140-grain Match Burner grouped about the same. Hunting ammunition was equally accurate. Doubletap’s 127-grain Barnes LRX grouped at just under .70 inches at 100 yards. Making close to 2,900 f.p.s. it is an excellent hunting round. Loaded in my .260 Remington bolt rifle, it took down a 650-pound cow elk at 230 yards with one round. Penetration was through and through, taking out both shoulders, belying its “small” size. As a bonus, it did not tear up the meat on exit like many of the super magnums which are so popular today. Light recoiling, it was also the most accurate using a tree branch as a rest, more field accuracy than comparison, but accurate either way. HSM’s 140-grain Sierra Game King was about the same. Hornady’s 120-grain ELD match, although not technically a “hunting” round, has proven excellent against varmints and predators and is very accurate. Their 143-grain ELDX was also quite accurate, and is possibly the most widely used hunting round in this caliber.

The Tactical Hunter’s magazine well is contoured and flared; one ten-round Magpul PMAG 10 is supplied, but the rifle will accept any SR25-pattern magazine. The low mass bolt carrier and bolt are both are coated in Nickel Boron.

All of the 140-grain loads ran like a charm out of the bag. Lighter weight loads took some tuning, making the SLR adjustable gas block useful. Once tuned they ran like a charm, but move back to the heavier bullets and you are going to need to adjust the gas. This is typical of the 6.5 Creedmoor, even the .260 Remington to a certain extent. There were no issues stabilizing bullets ranging from 120- to 143-grains.

Benches are rare in the hunting world, so is a prone position, so much of the testing occurred in the back country using a handy tree for some positional practice. Locking into various positions from standing, the Ultimate Hunter is very well balanced and easy to get solid positions working in the crook of some branches. Most were plenty steady for game at 300 yards and closer. Using the tripod as a rear support extended range pretty easily. Seated against the tree the tripod was equally steady using a bag under my bicep and my pack as a back rest. If prone was an option, the Kifaru was about perfect getting you off the ground enough to get over some of the grass and eliminating the need for a bi-pod. With my pack, tripod and a couple bags it was possible to get steady on rocks, debris, trees, all the things you normally see in the field. There is no doubt this Ultimate Hunter is well designed for precisely that purpose.

Considerations

Using the floating cross hair and a 200-yard zero, the Doubletap Barnes 127-grain LRX was doable out to 500 yards. Bullet drop at 300 yards is only 6.8 inches, keeping you in the vitals with a slightly higher hold. Holding at the bottom of the crosshairs took me to 400 yards (1.3 mils), while the top of the lower stadia line put me almost dead on at 500 yards. Given a proper zero, the IMR reticle keeps you well within lethal range for this caliber with just about any bullet weight.

Like the rifle it’s mounted to, our 4-14 x 56mm Nightforce SHV (Shooter Hunter Varminter) scope represents a top-shelf hunting optic with outstanding durability and dawn-to-dusk performance. Available in four-different magnification ranges, and with four available reticle styles, our scope was mounted using the Nightforce titanium/alloy X-Treme Duty Ultralite Unimount.

Long an advocate of hunting with suppressors, this OSS provided enough sound suppression to spare my hearing along with eliminating muzzle blast at the shooter or anyone nearby. Dust signature is minimized and there is some recoil reduction. Anything will work on a bolt gun, but designs like this OSS and the NG2 minimize back pressure eliminating reliability or tuning issues.

Starting weight is under 8 pounds, but total weight including the magazine, suppressor and scope was 11 lbs. 5 oz.— not bad. It carries incredibly well in an Eberlestock, and during a previous test it was run through my obstacle course for a mile or so and it carries using the sling quite well.

Final Thoughts

Carrying on the tradition of excellent-performing Wilson Combat AR’s that the author has tested over the years, sub-MOA three-shot performance from the bench at 100-yards was achieved using all brands of ammunition tested. The Federal 130-Grain Berger HB gave the best performance, printing this sub-half-MOA group.

Wilson Combat rifles are always accurate. In close to ten years of testing, they are all 1 MOA or less at 300 yards, and many have held that degree of precision out to 800+ yards. Each was reliable, lightweight and built with attention to detail. Priced at or less than many custom rifles, Wilson Combat ARs provide custom quality at a solid price. I would take this rifle on any hunt. Swap out for a different stock and it becomes a DMR (Designated Marksman’s Rifle) or even a police precision rifle. Available in eight different calibers including 7mm-08, .338 Federal, even .458 SOCOM, it covers most any hunting or tactical need. If you are looking for a versatile AR10 for just about any use make, sure this is on the list. Suggested retail price is $3,345. See it at your firearms retailer, or for more information Contact Wilson Combat; Tel.: (800) 955-4856; Web: www.wilsoncombat.com

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Specifications

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor

Barrel Length: 20 inches

OA Length: 49 inches extended

Weight: 8 Pounds (11 lbs. 5 oz. as tested)

Sights: Flat Top Rail

Stocks/Grips: Wilson Combat Hand Guard/Starburst Pistol Grip

Action: Rotating Bolt, Semi-automatic, Direct Gas Impingement

Finish: Custom Armor-Tuff Camo

Capacity: 20 rounds (accepts any SR25 pattern magazine).

Price: $3,345.00

Shown with an OSS HX 762 sound suppressor, the Tactical Hunter gave trouble-free performance across all ammunition types during testing—both suppressed and un-suppressed.

Performance

Load                                                       Velocity (f.p.s.)                      Accuracy

Hornady 143-Grain ELDX                                   2,620                         .70 Inches

HSM 140-Grain Berger VLD                                2,650                         .65 Inches

Federal 130-Grain Berger HB                              2,680                         .47 Inches

HSM 140-grain Game King                                 2,650                         .71 Inches

Doubletap 127-Barnes LRX                                 2,870                         .60 Inches

Barnes 140-grain Match Burner OTM                   2,675                         .55 Inches