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6.5x55 Load

 
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:16 AM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

I see loads for 6.5x55 using N165 50.2 gr with a 139 secnar getting 2800 plus. I run 52 grs of N165 in my 6.5x55 improved and get just over 3000 fps with 140 vld. I am built on a 700 long action and really don't see any sign of pressure until I push past 3150 fps. I use Lapua brass and am now past 12 loadings on most of them and they are still good. I think a stock 6.5x55 could get close to 2900 with the right powder behind a 140 gr bullet. N560 has loads listed at just under 2900 but I have not been able to get my hands on any yet to give it a try. I didn't see much point as my gun as shown a preference for velocities at or close to 3000 fps and I am getting that with the powder I am using now.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:19 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

Well curiosity got the better of me and so I bought some 140 VLD's and used them over R-22. At 47.5 grains I am getting between .3 and .4 moa groups and a MV of about 2850. The first few had a high extreme spread but the second group was much better as I took my time between shots and didn't let the rounds "cook" as long in the chamber. The H4350 load is very accurate with 140 SST's but the Bergers and R22 are proving to have the edge.

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Old 12-06-2011, 11:33 AM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

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Well curiosity got the better of me and so I bought some 140 VLD's and used them over R-22. At 47.5 grains I am getting between .3 and .4 moa groups and a MV of about 2850. The first few had a high extreme spread but the second group was much better as I took my time between shots and didn't let the rounds "cook" as long in the chamber. The H4350 load is very accurate with 140 SST's but the Bergers and R22 are proving to have the edge.
What velocities are you getting with the 4350? And these are out of a 26 inch barrel right?

Scot E.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:44 AM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

I am getting 2850 also with the H4350 out of a 26" barrel but the load is over the book max. There are no signs of excessive pressure and I have ran it faster but accuracy started falling off.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:07 PM
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I am getting 2850 also with the H4350 out of a 26" barrel but the load is over the book max. There are no signs of excessive pressure and I have ran it faster but accuracy started falling off.
That is a good speed range for the 6.5SM IMO. The 6.5x55 is a tough round to load for if you go by the books. So many recipes are loaded to low pressure ratings to accommodate the older Mauser actions. So to get proper pressured loads takes a lot more experimentation sometimes with little data to follow. But the results are usually worthwhile. It is a really good cartridge IMO. A great combination of speed, recoil, and barrel life.

Scot E.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:37 AM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

Sav 110 LA that I rebarreled to 6.5x55 with a 26" Shaw varmint contour. 48gr of Re22 gets me 2800 with 140gr A-max at 3.090...
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:40 PM
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Re: 6.5x55 Load

Well, the experimentation goes on. I worked up to 50gr h4831sc with 140 bergers and hornady sst's. Velocities were about 2920 for both bullets and groups were averaging around .4" off a bipod. Any estimations on what the chamber pressure might be? The brass, Rem and Lapua, was not showing any sign of excessive pressure. I have some more loaded up and if speed and accuracy hold it should make a wonderful combination for whitetails and hogs.
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