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Unread 04-04-2010, 05:57 PM
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I'm looking to assemble parts for and have someone build me a 6.5x55 for deer and sheep hunting and target shoooting at longer ranges .I want to stay inside 10lbs with scope. Any ideas on where to start. I'm thinking about buying a surgeon action and a hart barrell. Has anyone built one of these? Any thoughts on getting started? I've been reading a lot and have some ideas on other actions and barrels and triggers? But I'l like some help. Including a knowledgeable gunsmith with this caliber in mind.

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Unread 04-04-2010, 06:17 PM
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Re: 6.5x55

I'm building a 260, so more or less the same thing. My goal wasn't 10 lb, but I didn't want a 17# beast, either.

10 lb with scope is certainly doable. Here's how I'd do it:
  • Surgeon 1086 - ~2.5 lb
  • #3 22" barrel - 3.4 lb
  • EDGE stock w/ ADL magazine - 1.4 lb
  • Leupold Mark 4 3.5-14 - 1.4 lb (NF 2.5-10x32 is even less if 10x is enough)
  • Seekins or other aluminum rings
  • Rem or Jewell trigger
So you're at 8.7 lb before rings and trigger (and ammo of course). You could save a little weight by going with 260 in a short action, fluting the barrel... Maybe even go with something other than a Surgeon and use a 2 piece base or Talley rings. I don't know how much you'd save, but that solid 20 MOA rail can't be light.

Good luck.
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Unread 04-04-2010, 07:01 PM
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Re: 6.5x55

Just want to follow the thread. Interesting to see how it all works out. Just for the record, I like the idea of the 6.5x55.

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Unread 04-04-2010, 11:09 PM
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Re: 6.5x55

i want to follow to read some good stuff in the backpacking forum on here might help keep us posted
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Unread 04-05-2010, 12:30 PM
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Re: 6.5x55

I spoke with Syrgeon guys today and they recommended their Predator action and add on an aluminum Picatinny and a Jewel trigger safety and that was around $1,050. The surgeon without trigger was $1,395. The Jewel trigger is adjustable on the outside. They said it seems to be the safest too, as yo don't want it to fire when you close the bolt. One question they had and I didn't have the answer to was what magazine length was I looking for? So, Stiller is looking good. I've got about 5 others to call, Barden, Borden, Farly and a few Gunsmith that are experts in Blueprinting the Rem 700 Action which can be bt new at Midway and or used anywhere. So I am still researching. Any more ideas ou there? Help greatly appreciated.
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Unread 04-24-2010, 02:51 PM
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Re: 6.5x55

FYI. From an ad on SP.

"I also have a 6.5 Swede remington project that I cant get good pics of.
It is a 700 BDL long action and bottom metal. NEW Lother Walther barrel that was chambered/threaded/crowned by Neiska. Bell Carlson Stock with pillar bedding. Needs barrel mated to action and a trigger. I might split if I can sell it all. $600"

It might work out for you.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 08:46 AM
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Re: 6.5x55

Thanks for reading and the offer. I bought a Savage 30-06 and having a new barrel put on with a gunsmith doing the work already. Thanks for thinking of me.
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