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Thread: 6.5x55 SCAN dies to load for a 6.5x55 SE, is it possible?

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    6.5x55 SCAN dies to load for a 6.5x55 SE, is it possible?

    Morning Chaps,

    Brought a set of Hornady 6.5x55 dies at the shooting show, got them out to use them and found out about the existance of a new cartridge the 6.5x55 Scan! A quick search has provided some answers but not all, would I be able to use them to load 6.5x55 Swede for a Sako 85? I think not as the Scan dimensions are slightly larger but wondered if anyone else had encountered this before?

    Thanks Ben

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    In the book "The Illustrated Reference of Cartridge Dimensions" 6.5x55 Scan is on the very next page to the 6.5x55 Mauser (Swede) and the dimensions are clearly on the longer side.
    F/L sizing with these dies might not be possible as the shoulder is .006" further forward then the swede but you will certainly be able to neck size.
    All i can say is try it, although there, the differences are very small, size a case, seat a bullet and use it as a dummy to test chambering.

    Ian.

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    Hornady Item #546282 dies, Yes you can use them. I use a set exactly the same to load 6.5x55SE - rifle is a Sauer and there have been no issues at all. You will do just fine with them.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    I thought 6.5mm Skan was basically higher pressure load data for 6.5x55 on modern actions, rather than lower pressure data safe in old 1894 mausers?
    Brian.

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

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    Thanks for the input guys, further searching has thrown this up.

    "I found this on another forum from a 2009 post http://www.predatormastersforums.com...Number=1225596

    The 6.5x55/Scan is a European cartridge with the same body as the 6.5x55/Swed, but a slightly longer neck.

    When Hornady tried to sell 6.5x55 dies in Europe, the Proof house would not approve them, so they made a slightly longer neck and marked them to 6.5x55/Scan... and had no problems - the body is the same and they will load 6.5x55 Swed just fine.

    The "Zip" spindles are fairly new - maybe 3-ish years?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguisgod View Post
    When Hornady tried to sell 6.5x55 dies in Europe, the Proof house would not approve them,
    Proof house approving dies- what's that all about then? I've never heard of the proof house approving dies.


    P.S. Just had a look in my copy of "Cartridges of the World" and there is no mention of 6.5x55 Scan but it does list 43 other 6.5 cartridges. Also there is no mention of 6.5x55 Scan in any of my reloading manuals several of which are from European countries. I am thinking that perhaps the die manufacturer just decided to mark his dies Scan rather than the more usual Swedish designation.
    Last edited by 8x57; 03-03-2015 at 10:48.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    http://www.lapua.com/upload/vihtavuo...ng_ed-14_w.pdf

    If the link works it should show the Skan data alongside 6.55xSE. Look for pages 26 & 27. As mentioned previously I use the similar die set for 6.5x55SE resizing etc. They work perfectly well. ATB
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    Thanks deeangeo puzzle solved and learnt something new so the day hasn't been a total waste after all. My copy of the Vihtavuori manual is a few years old now so doesn't show this information.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    I thought 6.5mm Skan was basically higher pressure load data for 6.5x55 on modern actions, rather than lower pressure data safe in old 1894 mausers?
    That's what I thought too. As pointed out, the Viht manual lists 6.5x55 SE/6.5x55 SKAN together, and separately from the lower-pressure loads for older rifles given under 6.5x55 Swedish. My SAKO 75 in 6.5x55 was stamped 6.5x55 SE

    It never ocurred to me that they might have different case-dimensions.

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    Thanks for the responses guys, Looks like the try it and see option is the way to go for the Sako loads, had planned to get a Carl Gustaff later this year so will have to see how they chamber in that too but make sure they are loaded appropriately.

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