In my opinion it is the long range internet crowd that hyped it up as a 800 yard elk cartridge. I honestly never remember Hornady claiming it as a super long range hunting round. I only remember them promoting it as an excellent target cartridge, which it truly is that. I’ve owned and reloaded for the 6.5CM, 260 rem, and 6.5x55. Between theses three cartridges I’ve killed between 35-40 whitetail, and there is not one bit of difference between them on killing game. I’m on my 4th 6.5 CM now and it is purely a target rifle. I actually hunted with the other three, since I’ve been devoted to the 9.3x62, and my two 416 caliber rifles the last couple years. All three of these 6.5 cartridges make excellent medium game killers at normal hunting distances. The biggest advantage I’ve seen for the 6.5 CM over the other ones are extremely exceptional chamber specs, the 260 and Swede run all over the place with their chamber dimensions. And for the guy who doesn’t reload the amount of extremely accurate 6.5 CM ammo u can buy off the shelf for it. I love all three of these cartridges and one is honestly no more lethal than the other. I just dislike all the people on the internet who have convinced newcomers that it is a 1000 yard hammer on game, that’s what pisses me off lol.