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    what pill for 5.5?

    Should have said 6.5 on header. Bloody predictive text.
    Had a 308 forever and use the calibre for target and stalking. Recently picked up a 6.5 x 55 so was wondering what the favoured weight of pill is out there? Was looking at 120gr or 140gr with support for both from what I have read.
    Comments welcomed.
    Last edited by accurate; 18-07-2015 at 12:10.

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    I shoot 140 grain Sierra Game Kings at about everything I have here: Whitetail and mule deer. I have loaded 120 grain PPU's and found them to be amazingly accurate but haven't put them to meat yet. What rifle?~Muir

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    It is a Tikka Lite in a Boyds stock. Atec moderator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accurate View Post
    It is a Tikka Lite in a Boyds stock. Atec moderator.
    Nice. I have a custom barreled FN commercial. A tack driver.~Muir

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    It's a new calibre for me and really looking forward to exploring it.

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    Heavy and slow is my preference, so I only shoot reloaded 140gr SSTs chrono'd at 2,660fps
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Welcome to 6.5 world. It is an amazing calibre. I have got it to shoot 120/123/129/140gr accurately. As above 140gr Sierra gameking are my chosen one at present, but 129gr hornady interlock works well. The 120gr are my go to fox and small deer round but I have little doubt talking to people they are plenty good enough for any species. Powder is important as the 6.5 tikka with short barrel needs a fast powder to get it going. I initially had issues with the 120gr not being legal for deer when using N160 so switched to N150 and now use rl17 which is a revelation.
    if I could choose one bullet it would be the 140gr Sierra gameking. Good luck.


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    I've stuck with 140gr Nosler Partitions. Done everything from fox to Kudu for me.


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    Owned one for 24 years and tried nearly every bullet I could find in 6.5 and finaly settles on 120grn Sierras they put everything I hit in the right place on the floor.

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    What powder is the 120gr sitting on?

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