David Tubb, owner of Superior Shooting Systems originally conceived and designed the caliber 6 XC. Tubb has won almost 30 different rifle championships and has proved to the world that the 6 XC is a highly effective, flat shooting caliber.
More than a year ago Tubb contacted Peterson Cartridge and asked if the team at Peterson could develop a tool pack to make 6 XCs. After months of tooling development and experimentation Peterson produced its first run. According to Derek Peterson the company’s president and head tooling designer, “Lots of shooters purchased these 6 XCs, shot them and complimented them highly.”
But Tubb reached out to Peterson to say he wasn’t happy with them. He wanted more internal volume. So Peterson went back to work and redesigned the tool pack. After more months of tooling revisions and experimentation Peterson produced its second iteration of 6 XCs.
David shot those second-iteration casings and reported to Derek, “Ok, you achieved the original goals I asked for, and these are every bit as good as those made by the European incumbent. But here’s the thing. Their casings are known to have soft heads that don’t hold up well to numerous reloads. Can you make a third iteration that has harder heads? Oh … and can you make a version in small rifle primer size also?”
So Derek went back to work and produced a third version that closely matches the internal volume of the European cases but with much harder heads. After shooting these, David declared them to be the best 6 XCs out there. This is the version Peterson produces today, in both large and small rifle primer size.
Peterson concluded, “Give them a try, and see if you agree.”
Many competitive shooters prefer Small Rifle Primer pockets (SRP) because they experience longer primer pocket life due to the increased material in the head of the case. There is also a belief that Small Rifle Primers produce a more consistent ignition. Some people even report better groupings and lower velocity spreads.
However, SRP are not recommended for shooting in extreme cold or hot temperatures. And Small Rifle Primer Brass sometimes requires the firing pin on your gun to be bushed. This depends on your rifle and your bolt. If that is not done, you risk getting pierced primers. For more information on bushing your firing please watch this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CDJKLp7BsI.
To make sure you don’t have any problems talk to your gunsmith and understand what your rifle is set up for before using SRP brass. Doing that will make sure your reloading and shooting experience is much more enjoyable.
Warning: Only use Peterson Cartridge Co. casings in firearms in good condition, designed, marked, and chambered for this cartridge. Do not use Peterson Cartridge Co casings for “fire forming” or any other purpose other than what they were designed and tested for. Peterson retains no responsibility for the enclosed casings if they are used outside of the manufacturer’s recommendations.