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6.5x55
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:03 am    Post subject: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

I need help with loads for a 6.5x55. There seems to be no loading data not desinged for actions not dating back to the 19th century. I have a new model 70 Winchester, and have been shooting 52grains of H 4831 behind a hornady 129grain bullet. My chrony says I am getting a little over 2900. Does anyone else have any data for a 140 bullet, or a 120grain bullet?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:47 am    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Welcome to the forums Smile

There is a Reloading Forum for these questions but I'll point you to the direction of some sites for it.

www.hodgdon.com/data/r...5x55sm.php

www.imrpowder.com/data...wedish.php

It has info on both a 85gr, 140gr and a 120gr bullet. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Welcome to the HuntingNut vandergrift. There are 45 loads for the 6.5x55 in the reloading database here, Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Most of the loads listed in our reloading manuals are feeble in terms of todays 6.5x55s built on stronger actions. They're apt to remain anemic as long as so many older military surplus rifles are out there. The ballistics on the newer commercial 6.5s ae pretty impressive. Best wishes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Don't forget about Ramshot.

www.ramshot.com/powders/

I got this emailed to me from AA Powders. I am loading for a Win 70 in 6.5 also.

Caliber: 6.5mm x 55 Swedish Mauser.
Barrel length: 24”
Powder: Accurate – MAGPRO.
Bullet weight: 120 grains.
Start load: 50.0 grains (2650 – 2750 ft/p/sec)
Maximum load: 54.0 grains (2900 – 3000 Ft/p/sec). Full case/compressed.
Bullet weight: 140 grains.
Start load: 46.0 grains (2400 – 2500 ft/p/sec)
Maximum load: 51.0 grains (2700 – 2800 Ft/p/sec). Full case/compressed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Ramshot... hmmm I need to "Scrape" their Dbase and add it to our own ... /whistle innocently

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

My Remington Classic in 6.5x55 has a 1 in 9" barrel twist and doesn't do all that well with the 140gr. bullets. I do quite well however with the Hornady 129gr. PSP pushed along by 48gr. of Rel-19. It groups .6" (5 at 100yds) with a velocity of 2815fps. It groups about the same with most 120gr. bullets. It also does extremely well with the Lapua Scenars in 108 and 123grs. but these are bench bulleys not hunting. Best wishes.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

Time to reload for my 6.5mm

I am looking at Swift Scirocco 2 bullets that weigh in at 130 g. Anybody used them? I tend to use VV powder - N160 and going by the book I shouldn't use over 41g of powder. You guys seem to really push this bullet.

The rifle is a Tikka Master.

Any comments?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 6.5x55 Reply with quote

I have found that in a modern action you can load to 308-30/06 pressure levels and come close on the heals of the 6.5x284.

this is using european brass with the correct CIP base diameter not brass reformed from 30/06 round which is smaller ane expands to much under the increased pressure.
Have had loads using 4831 SC over 3000 FPS with the 129's with good pressure but not excessive.

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