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  1. .30-06

    I knew I had something on the 7mm-08. Try this thread in the Cabelas site. Although I plumped for 6.5x55SE this thread nearly turned my head. You may have to register at the site, but after THIS most illustrious site, the Cabelas' is the best I know...
  2. .30-06

    You may have already read much of what was written recently within this forum along this line of enquiry. I suspect it will all be said again here. What you will eventually gather is that there is a tremendous enthusiasm amongst SERIOUS stalkers of high reputation, for the 6.5x55 Swede...
  3. .30-06

    OK. At this stage the best thing you can do is to go to amazon.com. This is the USA branch of Amazon. If you punch in Jack O'Connor The Hunting Rifle, you will see that you can buy this in paperbook form used for $5. O'Connor was, right rightly, the Doyen of American gun writers, and he...
  4. .30-06

    Swampy: The 7mm-08 You are absolutely correct. I've just dialed 7mm into my vernier, and it proves to be .2760 inches. My mistake. All the same, the reports about it are glowing, and it only gives about 12 lbs of recoil pushing a 140gr at 2860fps. The much-loved and proven-capable...
  5. Knives

    I have a couple of hand-made Finnish Puukkos. Straight bevelled, and therefore sharpened on a Japanese water-stone. No matter how sharp you think your knife is, it ain't nothin' compared to these things. Just like a Japanese sushi knife. If you just brush against either of these knives in...
  6. .30-06

    There are an awful lot of really capable calibres between the pussy-cat .243 and the seriously serious 30-06. I tried one on the range and it beat the bejeasus out of me. I wouldn't take one as a gift. I'm sure it's a very capable calibre, but sighting-in alone would give me flinch-enough to...
  7. what calibre

    I too changed from a .308. Although I owned it for decades and it did the job, I never loved it. When trying to decide which calibre to plump for, I was looking for less recoil (much less if possible) and something I could love. I whittled down to: 6.5x55SE Which will lay low anything...
  8. Range Finder

    BB's insights are very useful. I borrowed a chum's RF the other day, and found the results interesting. My paced-out distances along my sight line were VERY accurate up to about 150 yards. No more than a yard or two out. Where I WAS wildly out was over sight lines that included a hillock or...
  9. Windage

    Wonderful posts. NOW I'm learning. THIS is the sort of thing I expected when I joined this forum. Thankyou for treating us as adults. No smilie required: you know I'm pleased because my words tell you so.
  10. Whats on the hook this week

    roverman: How interesting. Well done. Was your boar provided as part of a bought stalk, or were you simply in an area that enjoys these beasts' presence? Does your FAC include boar? Mine does not, and I'm just wondering about putting in for a variation. Do I need it, indeed? Your .308...
  11. Suitable brass

    Oh dear God. Really? I mustn't get too bound up with this. You simply wouldn't believe how much I have going on in my life: competitive yachting; semi-pro angling around the world; genealogy; vintage rod restoration; family; trying to stay married in spite of all the diversions, etc, etc. It...
  12. Suitable brass

    A good day for me, all round. The Sako 75 6.5X55 Swede collected from the excellent Northampton Gun Company. The rifle is excellent. Now I have to get the T12 re-threaded to 14M - dammitt! I've started myself off with 100 rounds of Federal Classic in 140gr. Gosh they look tiny-wee after a...
  13. Why less recoil?

    Having mentioned the Chuck Hawkes recoil table, I should perhaps also say that the whole of his site is a fabulous mine of information. This is one of his articles on the 6.5x55SE : there are several. http://www.chuckhawks.com/6-5mm_rifle_cartridges.htm If you scroll back and forth from...
  14. Why less recoil?

    I hope I have not caused confusion. The stats were not my own (other than some very enjoyable range time, I'm completely new to the Swede). This is the table from which I extracted the 6.5x55 and .260 Rem. stats. I can't vouch for its accuracy, but neither can I imagine that it's far out...
  15. Why less recoil?

    john.d.m : WHAT an interesting mail. I'm sure you're right about weight, fit, etc. My table gives the .458 62.3 lbs of recoil at 0ver 21 ft sec of speed. That's shooting 500gr @ 2100 fps. So, nearly twice the recoil of a H&H Magnum. All this makes the clever little Swede seem to be...
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