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6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

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Unread 10-22-2012, 02:57 PM
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6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

I am looking for some Pet loads for my 6.5 Swede. My rifle has a strong action ( New Tikka ) so I don't necesarily need loads than are not up to the full potential of the 6.5 cartridge.I have a couple boxes of 130 Gr Barnes tsx bullets that I would like to use,but would like info on pet loads using 140 gr bullets also.The loads would be used on larger Whitetails up here in the Adirondacks....Any feedback would be greatly apprieciated ...Thank You.
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    Unread 10-22-2012, 03:29 PM
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

    Try this thread

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    Unread 10-22-2012, 03:53 PM
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

    140g Berger VLD, 48.2g H4831, Lapua Brass, Federal LR primer, COAL 3.020"

    Never chronoed. Drops say it's doing 2750ish. Verified shoots .5 MOA to 600 yards. Barrel is a 26" Shilen 1:9 twist, #4 profile. Load density is in the high 90's.

    As always, work up carefully to establish the pressure tolerance of your rifle!

    I would also recommend that you do your own seating depth testing (see Berger's website for instructions) to establish the seating depth that your rifle likes.
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

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    Thanks ..have some H4350 on hand...Ken Waters liked that powder in the 6.5 Swede I heard. Also have some H 4831 sc.
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

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    140g Berger VLD, 48.2g H4831, Lapua Brass, Federal LR primer, COAL 3.020"

    Never chronoed. Drops say it's doing 2750ish. Verified shoots .5 MOA to 600 yards. Barrel is a 26" Shilen 1:9 twist, #4 profile. Load density is in the high 90's.

    As always, work up carefully to establish the pressure tolerance of your rifle!

    I would also recommend that you do your own seating depth testing (see Berger's website for instructions) to establish the seating depth that your rifle likes.
    Is the Berger 140 VLD a target bullet more-so than a hunting bullet ?
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

    That depends upon who you talk to and what your personal philosophy is regarding the sort of terminal performance you are after.

    I have not yet shot live game with any of my 6.5's. When I do, I intend to use Berger Hunting VLD's or Hornady AMAX's with my Swede. I don't believe that the Swede develops enough velocity to make tougher bullets necessary. I look forward to testing that theory in the field when my circustances permit.

    For my faster 6.5's, I am developing shorter ranged loads with 140g Partitions and long range loads using AMAX's.
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    Re: 6.5 x 55 Pet loads ...Tikka Rifle

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    I am looking for some Pet loads for my 6.5 Swede. My rifle has a strong action ( New Tikka ) so I don't necesarily need loads than are not up to the full potential of the 6.5 cartridge.I have a couple boxes of 130 Gr Barnes tsx bullets that I would like to use,but would like info on pet loads using 140 gr bullets also.The loads would be used on larger Whitetails up here in the Adirondacks....Any feedback would be greatly apprieciated ...Thank You.
    If it's a tikka you really don't have to much work cut out for ya. They shoot with just about everything you shove in 'em usually. From those I've talked to that have run the swede, they like powders that are a bit slow for the capacity so I'd go with slow enough powder to keep her cases full.
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