Gun Review: Bergara B-14 HMR Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

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Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

By Bud Johnson

My father taught me to shoot when I was little. The Marine Corps built on that foundation. When I left the Corps, I became a mechanical engineer. All of which left a legacy of love for precision shooting.

While I have a lifetime of experience with rifles in calibers from .17 Remington Fireball to .50 BMG, I’d never shot a rifle with a Spanish-made barrel. So I jumped at the chance to precision test the Bergara B-14 HMR (hunting and match rifle) in 6.5 Creedmoor.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

Without accessories, the Bergara B-14 HMR weighs-in at 9.15 pounds. It measures 41.5 inches in overall length and features a five-round AICS box magazine. The 22-inch 5/8-24 threaded barrel is perfect for mounting a suppressor.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

The B-14 HMR’s stock is molded with a mini chassis for consistency, with four QD flush cups. Unfortunately, those cups aren’t flush mounted. They provide otherwise avoidable inconsistencies along the stock surface.

Three quick detachable sling swivel studs are also mounted in the stock, with two on the muzzle end to accommodate both a sling and a bipod.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

The stock features an adjustable cheek piece. The molded stock has enough adjustment options to accommodate shooters of almost any size and shape.

One downside, the stock is the same width as the forend. While that might not make a great deal of difference for hunting, the forend should be at least 2.25 to 3.00 inches wide for match shooting.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

I removed the rear sling swivel in front to allow smooth movement on a Caldwell rest, to enable uninterrupted recoil for testing.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

The Bergara B-14 HMR’s receiver accepts 700 Remington short action rails and scope bases. I fitted the rifle with a Leupold 6.5-20x 50mm Long Range scope — a known quality (hence a good fit for this testing). Bergara sets the B-14 HMR’s adjustable trigger at a consistent, crisp pull weight of three pounds, 13 ounces. I let it be.

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

This particular Bergara B-14 HRM had already sent a lot of rounds downrange, so I gave it a good scrubbing. I did the same before ammunition changes. I fired two shots before data collection, except when I was using a LabRadar chronograph. I shot all group and chronograph testing rounds from a Caldwell front rest and a rabbit ear rear rest. I fired all shots over 250 yards from a pre-loaded bi-pod with no rear rest.

So . . .

Although it’s a little heavy, the B-14 HMR’s crisp trigger broke cleanly. I shot the rifle to 600 yards with Federal ammunition in 12 miles-per-hour wind. Federal 140 HP performed extremely well. From a 10-shot string, the average velocity was 2753 fps; the extreme spread 68 fps; the standard deviation 28.9.

That’s a higher SD than I like, but the Federal ammo shot like the SD was a lot lower. I don’t have the ballistic coefficients for this bullet, but they are similar to a 140 grain Berger VLD hunting projectile.


I shot the target above at 100 yards. The two holes on the right represent my first group. I moved .5 MOA left and .25 MOA up to achieve a .26 center-to-center group (.276 outside-to-outside) group. That’s an exceptional result for a previously used rifle — or any rifle shooting factory ammunition.

Here are the elevations for the Federal:

250 yards       +2.5 MOA
500 yards       +10.00 MOA
600 yards       +13.75 MOA

Bergara B-14 HMR rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

Next up: Hornady’s 140 ELD Match ammo.

I shot four shot groups at the above target at 100 yards from the Caldwell rest. The average speed was 2733 feet per second, the extreme spread 40 feet per second and the standard deviation 17.0.

I put the B-14 through its paces to 1000 yards with the Hornady ammunition in a seven mile-per-hour right to left wind. With a 100-yard zero the following elevations:

250 yards       +2.5 MOA
500 yards       +10.00 MOA
600 yards       +12.75 MOA
750 yards       +18.00 MOA
1000 yards     + 26.5 MOA

Bottom line: Bergara has built impressive accuracy into a rifle billed as a combination hunting/match gun, at a very competitive price.

Specifications: Bergara B-14 HMR Rifle

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Overall Length: 41.5 inches
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Twist: 1 in 8
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds (AICS compatible)
Weight: 9.25 pounds
Length of Pull: 12.25 to 14.5 inches
MSRP: $1,249 (about $1,029 retail)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Accuracy: * * * * *
This is a surprisingly accurate rifle, especially at the price point. While it tended to scatter if shooting more than five rounds without being allowed to cool, if this is indicative of the quality of Spanish rifles and barrels, color me impressed.

Reliability: * * * * *
Zero problems, as you’d expect from a quality bolt gun.

Appearance: * * * * 1/2
It’s an attractive rifle that looks as good in the woods as it does on the range.

Ergonomics: * * * *
Excellent customization options to fit any shooter. Though slightly on the heavy side (and who isn’t?) the trigger is crisp and breaks cleanly. The narrow forend and non-flush QD mounts keep the B-14 from perfection here.

Overall: * * * * 1/2
The B-14 HMR performs to a very high standard, especially for the price. It’s an excellent hunting rifle. With a little work, it could be truly match-ready, too.

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  1. My understanding is a 400 yard target reduced for 25 yards, shot at 100 yards. Which I guess would make it a 1600 yard target? I agree with everyone else, everything about the math of this article is a wreck.

    • Not being a rifle guy this is beyond confusing to me. seems like it went from a MOA gun at 250 yard to a 5MOA gun at 500yds. Doesnt make sense in my pistol shooting mind

  2. I was thinking there has got to be a few mistakes. Why does the rifle shoot 1 MOA at 250 yards, then the group does 2 MOA at 500 yards, then even a larger circular area probable beyond that??

    • Bbl made in Spain with a thru plant cost of $25 to $100. I had a Savage 308 that went from sub moa at 100 yds to 12″ at 300yds.

    • Because those are “minutes of angle.” We are talking about “angle” here. They are scope adjustments. Each click being 1/4 MOA, etc. NOT group size.

  3. house cleaning due to redundancy? none of the deleted comments seemed particularly critical. well, other than mine.

    • I love my Bergara HMR Pro in 6.5 Creedmoor – it’s one of the most accurate in my collection. My next gun might be a Bergara 7mm PRC.

  4. Woah, what happened to my comment? There was nothing critical about what I said, I merely asked at what range was the rifle actually shot at? Did the author shoot the rifle merely at 100 yards or did he actually shoot it out at 1000 yards?

    This is the confusing part… “I put the B14 through its paces to 1000 yards with the Hornady ammunition in a seven mile-per-hour right to left wind. With a 100-yard zero I achieved 2.5 inches at 250 yards, 10.00 inches at 500 yards, 12.75 inches at 600 yards, 18.00 inches at 750 yards and 26.5 inches at 1000 yards.”

    I wasn’t critical of the author, the gun, or anything really I just wanted clarification…

    I’ve been reading this website almost daily now for 3 years on my lunch break. I normally recommend it to people as being fairly straight forward… Why delete my comment? Thats kind of dumb… And even though the article was edited, it still doesn’t clearly state if the rifle was only shot at 100 yards or 1000 yards.

    • I came back to see if there were any changes or additional comments too. Mine was deleted as well, I was critical of the author’s statements in reference to MOA not changing with distance, but rather being an angle measurement. If was clear a mistake was made, I addressed it in a tactful manner, and my comment was deleted.

      ED: Comments are not deleted for content, only flames. Your comment may have been stuck in the filter. Or disappeared down some black hole of which I know not. I apologize for this, and checked the filter to release it. Alas, it wasn’t there. Again, sorry. But rest assured that it’s no holds barred around here — save flames (ad hominem attacks), racism and other nastiness.

      • This is not a once – in -a- while occurrence, TTAG has deleted many comments of mine and entire articles from the likes of Sara Tipton (about not voting) and Firearm Concierge (about voting for the Hillary because it was better for business.)

        Forgive my skepticism, I don’t trust just anyone.

        • And it’s slipping in quality in other ways as well.. I may just delete my short cut to this web page.

        • Slipping in quality?! Say it ain’t so! You don’t want to see more cargo pocket dumps? What about irresponsible gun owners (that aren’t actually the owners of the guns?) /sarc

  5. Yeah the writing on this article is almost incomprehensible. VERY unclear what ranges this guy was shooting at what targets and what results he was getting. Also, no mention as to the size (ie # of shots) of his groups? Lot of difference in a 3 shot sub-moa group vs a 5-shot, for instance. Then theres the lack of any other real discussion about the gun itself… basic list of features and thats it. How’d it feel? Details about action/magazine, what other calibers/configurations is it available in? Hows the build quality?

  6. The target photos look like Appleseed targets.

    At Appleseed we teach 1 minute of angle (MOA) = 1 inch at 100 yards. (I know it is 1.04 inch) So 1 MOA would form a 1 in diameter circle at 100 yards.

    Since the angle progresses in a linear fashion, it forms a 2 inch circle at 200 yards, 3 at 300, 4 at 400, etc.

    I think I got the gist that the rifle can shoot accurately and produce respectable groups.

    I applaud the effort and appreciate the work that Mr. Zimmerman put into the article.

    • Like mine. Still within the 50 rd. breaking in period{at rd36}. shooting at 100 yds only during this period. shoots 1/2 and under. really I am impressed. out shoots my ruger rpr. Jim

  7. I would like to know the group sizes at 500-1000 yards. I unlike others understand 26.5 MOA at 1000 yards is the adjustment in elevation not group size. It is heavy for a dual purpose rifle but it is competitive with the Tikka ctr, Savage Predator Hunter, Remington 700 Magpul, etc. I enjoyed the review.

    • I would also like to see group sizes at range. It looks like they would be impressive considering the 100yd groups. Maybe the author had a bad wind day and didn’t think the long range groups were representative? Anyway, still a great article. If it shoots under 1moa with most ammo, that sounds like a great rifle!

  8. I understood the article completely and thought it was very well written. People are confusing elevation adjustments with accuracy. If you don’t understand this article, it’s probably because the only long range shooting you do is from your keyboard.

  9. Could someone please give me details on that scope mount? I’m currently looking for a scope mount for the HMR in .308 with a scope tube of 30mm. Thanks!

    • Seekins or Vortex rings would be a good choice, and I like the arc m10s. Anything over $50 will be dependable.
      Get what you like the looks of and has a decent reputation upon googling reviews on them.

    • Mine is a LaRue Rem 700 short action 20 MOA scope base – any good Rem 700 short action picatinny scope base rail will work.

  10. Nice article, thank you for taking the time to provide this information. I am purchasing the B-18 HRM next week in 6.5 Creedmoor and I am trying to understand the best fit for a rail. I like the looks of the one you chose. Which Remington 700 Rail in particular did you use?

  11. If you are purchasing a Bergara B14 HMR The scope rail I would choose would be a Weaver /Picatinny 20 MOA Short action. This would provide your scope the elevation needed to shoot at distance.

  12. Where can I find/buy the cheek piece and thumb bolt for the hmr? I have lost mine and need to replace it.

  13. I Test Drove the B14 HMR in .308 Winchester I was deeply appalled at the accuracy of this rifle or rather inaccuracy. I had installed a brand new Leupold 6.5×20 VX-3i Side focus confirming that boresight was on target I fired a 5 shot group 2 min between shots (yes … I was following Bergerra recommendation on break in cleaning between shots). Range 25 yards. The 1st group measured 3″ . Thinking it was a fluke I fired another 5 shot string again allowing at least 2 min between shots results 2-3/4″. Canting and shaking my head in disbelief I allowed the rifle to cool fired another 5 shot string resulting in another 3″ group all the time cleaning and allow time for the barrel to cool down. Ammo 168 Federal Gold Match, Having fired a metric ton of .308s ranging from Savage to high end Match rifles. I have never seen a rifle perform in this manner. I will be contacting BPI about this.
    At the price point of this rifle there is no forgiveness regardless of the action by customer service. I will not recommend this brand it is typical Spanish quality …Junk.

  14. I’m confused… If a group measures .260″ ctc how can it have a .276″ outside to outsize. The bullet is .264 right? It should be .524″ oto. How can there only be a difference of only .016″ between the two? When I measure groups I take the max outside to outside and simply deduct bullet diameter. Maybe I have been doing this wrong for over 30 years?

  15. My only concern is over the math. You rate the Bergara at 24 out of a possible 25. My country boy raisin still tells me that the average is a tad bit more than 4 3/4 stars vs 4 and 1/2?


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