There are some states in this great nation of ours that don’t let you hunt with anything 5.56 caliber or smaller. For those who live in those states, if you want to use an AR-15 to hunt, you need to get it in a non-standard caliber. There have been a smattering of intermediate cartridges to come out over the last decade to try and appeal to the hunting crowd, from 6.5 Grendel to 6.8 SPC to 300 BLK, and now Sharp’s Rifle Company wants to add another entrant to the caliber wars: 25-45.
The idea is that they have taken a 5.56 cartridge and necked it up for a slightly larger projectile, but they’ve only gone from about 55 grain projectiles to 80 grains. Despite the weight increase, the velocity remains right around the 3,000 fps range. That means almost 50% more muzzle energy from the same rifle, and allows you to legally hunt in states that don’t like 5.56.
They may to run into the same old problem, though: not enough people to make the caliber really viable, and not enough supply to meed the demand of their shooters at a reasonable price. It’s going to be expensive for a while, but if the match checks out on the ballistics it might be an interesting option for hunters. Especially since you can load full magazines, much unlike the 6.8 SPC crowd. Stay tuned, and we will get a full review shortly.