The thick jacket at the base has arrested expansion as designed. Any idea of muzzle velocity. If possible could you post pictures of the skinned beastie. Would be useful to correlate with carcass damage
Around 2400 FPS, my Sako only has a 20" barrel, I did not skin it, my "pet" butcher did. He remarked how little damage was done to the carcass. Heart and lungs where shredded upon gralloch, very good "dump" of energy.
Good to see a bullet, oh sorry I've got to call it head now, doing its job correctly.
I think there's far far to much talk about calibres and not enough about bullets,
which I think is the most important part of the firearm.
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I homeload these in 6.5x55 and they always been good performers for me , and I will keep using them until I can't get no more
Only 2400fps? I have to say that sounds a little slow mate.
I use this Bullet in my 6.5x284 and it is really good in my experience.
Just a few questions, out of curiosity:
Have you tried the less expensive conventional 120-gr bullets from Remington, Hornady, and Sierra?
Since you can easily obtain 2,400+ fps with 140-gr bullets from a 20-inch barrel 6.5x55mm, why not use those for all deer, at all ranges?
I have not chronographed the rounds so it was a "guesstimate" of the velocity in FPS. I have shot with the 140g Remington core lokt, they do not group terribly well compared to the Norma at around an inch. The factory loaded Norma do around 1/3-1/2 of an inch group bench rested at 100 Yards. Shot a rutted out roe buck with the Remington 140 grain at the grand sum of 20 yards, did the job well. I have just got hold of 60 x Hornady superformance 140grain 6.5 x 55 and 40 x Sako deerhead 156Grain to try. A very good friend of mine (ex professional stalker on a huge estate for 18 years) had a 6.5 x 55 as his estate rifle, his hand load was Norma Brass, Vit 140 and 120grain Nosler BT bullet. Fallow, Muntjac and Roe. The factory ammo now shoots almost as good as his handloads, so I now buy factory. I am trying the Hornady's as have shot a fair few deer with them using my mates 6.5 x 55 to great effect.
Thanks for the photos!
I use the same load for foxes, Fallow, Sika and Red deer. I have never had an issue regardless of species.
As I have said in the past Norma are expensive but well worth the price as the provide consistence accuracy and bullet performance.
No problem at all, I have always found consistency is always worth the extra money, buy right once rather than cheap twice. I am looking forward to trying the Hornady Superformance SST's though