Re: Long Range Load for the 6.5 Swede
I have not shot any deer over 350 yards with my 6.5X55 Swede Model 96 Sporter Mauser that has a 29 inch barrel. I have killed deer out to about 350 yards with 140 GK & 120 PH Sierra and Nosler 120 ballistic tips. They all are very effective drop them in their tracks bullets. All bullets were complete pass through both shoulders of every deer I have shot with total devastation of the vitals. It is not hard to get the Swede to shoot accurately with about any load. It is just an accurate caliber. Give it a slow to med powder and it will drive tacks.
I like 37.8 grs. IMR 4895 Rem. case. CCI BR-2 Primer, with the 140 Sierra MK OAL 3.050 average 2550 fps for my target loads for vintage military rifle shoots.
My hunting loads are 45 grs. Accurate Arms 4350, Rem. case, Fed 210M primer, 140 Sierra GK, OAL 3.050 average 2800 fps from my 29 inch barrel.
46 grs AA-4350, Rem case, Fed. 210M primer, 120 Sierra PH or Nos. ballistic tip, OAL 3.050 average 3000 fps from my 29 inch barrel.
You will notice that my OAL are 3.050 . This is the longest I can load a round and get it into the magazine of my rifles. These rifles have long throats to use 160 gr RN bullets. But they all shoot very accurate at this length.
The Accurate Arms manual states that these loads are under the 46,000 C.U.P / 51,000 P.S.I pressure limit for the Swedish Mauser. You can go hotter for modern actions up to 55,100 P.S.I. .
I have used this rifle and the 120 ballistic tip load to shoot groundhogs this past spring with in smallish farm fields. I killed one at 187 yards. Most were between 100 and 150 yards. I tried the 100 gr Sierra HP but could not get consistent accuracy. I had about 1 flyer out of 4 shots for some reason. I did kill two ground hogs with the 100 gr bullet at about 3100 fps at about 110 yards average. Splat city.
Hope this helps you out.