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Thread: Fox calibre or light load on 6.5x55

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    Fox calibre or light load on 6.5x55

    Guys just after some advice.

    I've just managed to secure a bit of land that will need some fox and vermin control along with deer, now do I look for a dedicated fox rifle such as a 22-250, .223, .243 or shall I just develop a lighter load for my 6.5x55 as the Vihtavuori manual shows an 85gn bullet load? Not looked yet at what light loads you can get for the swede.

    I already have a .22rf for rabbit, rat etc.

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    Any load from a 6.5x55 will kill fox. Personally I would look for a dual purpose load, perhaps a 120g BT or 140g Amax or similar. If you want a dedicated fox rifle then go that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    Any load from a 6.5x55 will kill fox. Personally I would look for a dual purpose load, perhaps a 120g BT or 140g Amax or similar. If you want a dedicated fox rifle then go that way
    I'm happy to just use the one rifle for now and if circumstances change in the future then I can look at something else.

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    Try and lay hands on some 100gr BT's. Pretty impressive.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Had lunch with a chap who uses 80g in his with great effect by all accounts, me i just use my normal load for the calibre I have at the time, I can see the point of having a dedicated item but I don't have the time to be prey specific these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primer View Post
    I'm happy to just use the one rifle for now and if circumstances change in the future then I can look at something else.
    Have a look at the YouTube videos from 260rips , I am pretty sure he uses 140 Amax for fox as does THLR for roe. There are some very emphatic kills from a 260 rem which is ballistically similar to the 6.5x55. Obviously you can have a lighter load for fox but I'm not convinced the fox will care

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    Just use a normal Softpoint bullet that you use on deer. I shoot quite a few foxes with 100gn RWS in 243, and also 139gn 7mm soft points. Foxes don't get up after being hit by either.

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    I used Sierra Varmint 100 grain HP in 6.5 Swede to good effect on fox/corvids before going down the 22/17 centrefire route.

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    I agree with Heym SR20. Anything will do. Frangible is better for fox but it's not like a soft point won't work.

    It'd be a shame not to exploit the high BC .264 bullets mind so if it were me, I'd go 140gr Amax If the rifle was mainly for fox. Otherwise it'll be a pain re-zeroing or swapping scopes and the like.

    If you want her for deer aswell, use whatever you feel comfortable with for deer

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    120 grain nosler bt will do just fine I shoot fox muntie, roe , and fallow , I push it with N160 around 2900 fps , or try sierra 120 grain soft point both will work well regards jim

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