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Old 01-04-2011, 05:26 PM
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6.5x55 sm

Thinking of buying my 12 year old a 6.5x55 sm in a howa action. How is the gun for a young hunter
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:23 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 sm

I think you'll be pleased, low recoil and report. If you reload you can get a lot more from the cartridge than what factory ammo or even the reloading manuals would lead you to believe. I'm getting 2850fps with 140grn Hornady SSTs and .375" clover leafs. You may have to trim the stock or find a replacement for a smaller shooter, but the cartrige is ideal for deer or well placed shots on elk.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:29 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 sm

The 6.5X55 is a much better round than something like the 243 Win for a youngster. About the same recoil and the 6.5 kills WAAAAAY beyond what you think it will. For deer I would start off with 120 Nosler ballistic tips and one of the 4350 powders. For very large deer and elk I would go with the 130 Nosler Accubond.
I have a number of Mauser Swedes in military configuration but do have a sported 96 Mauser. I shoot Accurate 4350 with max loads given by Accurate which are under 46,000 CUP and with the 29" barrel I get 3000 fps with the 120 BT and 2850 with 140 gr bullets. They hammer deer and do not have much recoil.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:06 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 sm

Both of the replies above, for the loads and loading, are solid. Not much to add to that really. For a youngster, I would probably roll up the 120 or 130 at most. Probably the 120 tbh, with some H4350, win lr or wolf lr primers, and Winchester cases. I will repeat, Winchester cases. Unless you want to take an expensive chance on Lapua cases, I have 100 that I flatly refuse to use :( My winchesters were every bit as good and better! My Remington cases were nearly as good!! For those of you who hate Win cases...they are great for the 6.5 sm. I am still pissed off at that particular lot of Lapua. Now for the 308 Lapua kicks ass, wth?

The Howa is on a long action which is a plus, and it uses an 8 twist which is a plus. Dang good rifle setup! They shoot well, hold 5+1, and have a decent trigger with just a small bit of work.

Good Hunting,
Gary
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:27 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 sm

HDBLACKNT
I think your son will like the new rifle. Don't forget Nosler offers the Partition in 100 gr for even less recoil if necessary.


Diriel
If you have had a problem with your Lapua brass I suggest you PM Kevin Thomas about he posts on this board and if there is an issue he will take care of it. I had some problems with a few rounds out of one particular lot and he took care of it for me. What kind of problems did you have with it anyways?

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Old 01-05-2011, 12:13 AM
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Both of the replies above, for the loads and loading, are solid. Not much to add to that really. For a youngster, I would probably roll up the 120 or 130 at most. Probably the 120 tbh, with some H4350, win lr or wolf lr primers, and Winchester cases. I will repeat, Winchester cases. Unless you want to take an expensive chance on Lapua cases, I have 100 that I flatly refuse to use :( My winchesters were every bit as good and better! My Remington cases were nearly as good!! For those of you who hate Win cases...they are great for the 6.5 sm. I am still pissed off at that particular lot of Lapua. Now for the 308 Lapua kicks ass, wth?

The Howa is on a long action which is a plus, and it uses an 8 twist which is a plus. Dang good rifle setup! They shoot well, hold 5+1, and have a decent trigger with just a small bit of work.

Good Hunting,
Gary
I've got roughly 150 win cases 2-3x fired that I'll trade you straight across for you Lapua.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:52 AM
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Inconsistent case volume, case weight spread higher than expected (versus 308 win lapua), Neck wall thickness variations far greater than expected (right in line with remington).

I do not hate Lapua, I have used it in 308, and will use it there again. I was shocked so bad on the swede that I said screw it and gave it to a friend who shoots only war swede's and his personal accuracy goals are about 2moa @ 100. He was very happy.

So no, I could have called Lapua CS, but in this case I did a friend a good turn. If I came off sounding like "Lapua sucks" I do apologize, sometimes the written word does not convey the spirit of what was meant.

But with a bit of work your win brass will do quite nicely. If you get the chance to directly compare win brass to lapua, you will see their weights are *VERY* similar, their rim diameters and groove cuts are also very similar. After judicious case prep, my winchester delivers very good accuracy! I have many, many reloads on my brass, but I anneal every 3-4 firing too.

Gary
P.S. I know I said that I have 100 cases, I really should have said that I had had 100 cases. I have 500 win cases, that I put quite a bit of time into prepping. I also have 500 Remington cases, they are good for screwing around, not quite up to win. Remington are lighter than win/laupa, their case head diameter is slightly smaller (and suprisingly more consistent from the point of fitting into the shell holder).

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