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Thread: Opinion on 6.5X55

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    Opinion on 6.5X55

    Few years ago bought one of these it was a stainless Browning and really liked the feel of the gun.It had been recommended by a gun dealer I knew as excellent for deer ,a while before he went to prison for tax evasion ,you know the one, but have to admit I did like the guy ?
    Went stalking with it with a friend who had authority on a good piece of land.Across a small valley about 200 yds shot at two roe deer .One ran away through the wood and the other stayed in the wood ,my friend was going ballistic for apparently missing the deer.I wasnt feeling very good either.
    We went to look and found the deer that my friend finished off.The deer had been hit by me in the engine room with a small entry wound and small exit wound the bullet not having expanded , from the location I would have expected damage to the heart.
    The other deer had left a blood trail that my friend assured me was from the lungs.
    The ammunition I used was 129g soft point ,this was all they had as this calibre was reasonably new (as regards being popular) in this country at the time.
    I then went stalking on an estate in Scotland after Red deer and the keeper asked what rifles I had brought and told him I had the 6.5 and a 270,
    He said that he did not mind me using the 270 but did not want me to use the 6.5 as they had had some runners recently and they had all been from people using the 6.5 ?
    I returned the rifle to the shop.
    I know a lot of people use the round so have I just been unlucky ?

    TonyR

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    Very good cartridge for training dogs. I would not hunt with someone using one. In the past most days were ruined by searching for runners.
    To be fair it was mostly because of wrong bullet choice. The plain simple federal blue box 140gr seemed to work much better than some fancy Moose bullets that just pissed through Sika without expanding.
    edi

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    Its a good round and know for being accurate. Problem is America manufacture ammo on the safe side and because a lot of old 6.5 rifles cannot handle the higher pressures they have developed ammo based on them. It is a slow round anyway, 140 grain being pushed at about 2600fps. If you understand the caliber and handload for it you will have no problems at deer stalking ranges.

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    Ejg is spot on, I have seen this a thousand times...6.5x55's are notorious for runners with bad factory ammo. pick the right ammo and ideally re-load yourself, and it's a good performer.

    My brothers in law, my oldest hunting buddy, my father, etc. etc. ALL shoot 6.5x55's with factory ammo...and yes, even with good shots, bloody runners all the time from roe to red stags or sika..

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    It's probably my go to rifle for stalking in the midlands which shows as I've nearly ran out of ammo .I quite like it but I quite like the others in the cabinet too don't think mine will be for sale any time soon .
    norma

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    6.5x55 is no worse than any other caliber, eventualy if you shoot enough deer you get runners with any caliber, all the bullet has to do is pass between the ribs on both sides without touching them.
    I have had runners with 270 / 30-06 / 222 /22-250.
    I have also absolutely flattened Sika stags with a 6.5 x 55.
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikadog View Post
    6.5x55 is no worse than any other caliber, eventualy if you shoot enough deer you get runners with any caliber, all the bullet has to do is pass between the ribs on both sides without touching them.
    I have had runners with 270 / 30-06 / 222 /22-250.
    I have also absolutely flattened Sika stags with a 6.5 x 55.
    I think this is a more balanced view. I'm using Norma 140gr Oryx factory with good results on small and larger deer.

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    As Edi said, it is all about the bullets.

    Relatively tough, heavy for calibre bullets at modest velocity don't expand quickly and there is less damage on a clean chest shot - you will get runners.

    Now, load that modern 6.5 with a 120gr bullets at 2900fps plus, which is perfectly achievable, and you will see a different outcome. I shoot mostly Sika with a 120gr 6.5 ballistic tip, I get very few runners.

    It's been said before, a competent handloader can turn the Swede into a passibly useful deer rifle....
    Brian.

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

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    To get the best out of a 6.5 with factory ammo is to use European ammo manufacturers I.e RWS , sako etc they are loaded to shoot faster

    if you use American ammo I.e Winchester etc they are loaded on the low side so shoot slower

    Start of with the right ammo to start with then go from there

    this is quite well known



    obviously if you hand load then there is no problem

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