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any 6.5x55 fans?

 
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:06 PM
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any 6.5x55 fans?

tryin to decide on my next rifle. looking at the 6.5 swede in a finnlight. also considering a 243. anyone recommend the 6.5? just wanting to add another caliber to the arsenal. mostly deer hunting and whatever western hunt i get to go on at some point
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:14 PM
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Re: any 6.5x55 fans?

AYE! The 6.5 Swede has been around longer than our venerable .30-06 and still going strong. I started my boys with a Carl Gustav carbine in 6.5x55 using 140 grainers.

I got lucky!
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:57 PM
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Re: any 6.5x55 fans?

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AYE! The 6.5 Swede has been around longer than our venerable .30-06 and still going strong. I started my boys with a Carl Gustav carbine in 6.5x55 using 140 grainers.

I got lucky!

what bullets do u use?
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:16 PM
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what bullets do u use?
140 NABs but I will be trying out the 150 and 160 Matrix VLDs.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:18 PM
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Re: any 6.5x55 fans?

yes, yes, yes!

1) International caliber available everywhere
2) Recoil of a varminter caliber
3) Effective as the avg 30 cal
4) Best combined varminter and game rifle
5) best first rifle for anyone starting out.
6) Best caliber to start the young ones hunting
7) Easy to re -load
8) Accurate as
9) Short,meduim and long range application
10) Doubles as sport shooters caliber
11) Good examples available to the lefties
12) Light or heavy platform compatible
13) Best SD around in 6.5 projectiles

Go and build the most beautiful custom and hand it down to your son one day ... will be past down for generations to come....
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:25 PM
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Re: any 6.5x55 fans?

The 6.5x55 is a great round for most of North America hunting. If you hand load you can exceed most of the factory ammo velocity quite a bit because it is loaded to be under 46,000 CUP for the old Krag and small ring Mausers. In modern actions you can raise the pressure up and thus velocity. Even with loads under 46,000 CUP with longer barrels like the 29" that comes on the Model 96 Swede Mauser. I get 3000 fps with 120 gr bullets with a Max load of AA 4350 and 2850 fps with 140s with a Max load of AA 4350 according to Accurates manual. Both loads are tack drivers and kill deer like lightening struck them. I use Nosler BT and Sierra 120s and Sierra and Hornady 140s. I have used Sierra 100 gr HP and IMR 4064 for a bit over 3000 fps on ground hogs out of my sporter 96 Swede Mauser and it will red mist a ground hog. The 6.5X55 is a much better deer killer than the 243 Win in my experience. With the Swede pay attention to the barrel twist. It needs to be a 8" twist to shoot the 140 gr and longer bullets.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:35 PM
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Re: any 6.5x55 fans?

is there any good factory ammo for it? or is all the factory ammo loaded to accomodate the older rifles as well? i dont handload but can probably get some done
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