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    95g 6.5

    Hi,
    Following on from previous threads regarding the lack of Varget, I have experimented with N160 under a 100g Nosler, with some success, but am ultimately looking or a load for my 6.5x55 Tikka using a 95g V-Max. If anyone has had any success with this load, (or could recommend a rapidly expanding lighter weight varmint round), I would be very greatful for any assistance. I am currently using the last of my 100g Sierra Varminters with 42.5g of Varget, and a CCI Large Rifle primer.
    Thanks in advance,
    Paul.

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by The Pig View Post
    Hi,
    Following on from previous threads regarding the lack of Varget, I have experimented with N160 under a 100g Nosler, with some success, but am ultimately looking or a load for my 6.5x55 Tikka using a 95g V-Max. If anyone has had any success with this load, (or could recommend a rapidly expanding lighter weight varmint round), I would be very greatful for any assistance. I am currently using the last of my 100g Sierra Varminters with 42.5g of Varget, and a CCI Large Rifle primer.
    Thanks in advance,
    Paul.
    N160 seems a tad slow for such a light bullet. Interested to know why you want to use such a light bullet in a Swede? Seems better matched to a min of 120 and more like 140 to 160 ish? The Swede is not really a varmint round? Will still knock em over, obviously, but you might as well use a heavier bullet and flatten the buggers!

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply. I purchased my 6.5 to be used solely for stalking, using a 140g soft point, when I also ran a .223 for foxing. I sold the .223 with the intention of purchasing a 22.250 with NV as a dedicated foxing rig, so experimented with lighter rounds as an alternative, flatter round foxing solution for the period in between. I have had good success with 100g Nosler accuracy wise, and only needed a 3 click adjustment on the turret when switching between the 140 soft points and 100g Noslers, but have suffered bullet expansion issues on fox. I currently have some 100g Sierra Varminters with the last bit of Varget that I have, and they shoot about 1/2 MOA, but I am yet to see the damage they do on fox, but am pretty confident that the V-Max would be what I am looking for. The only benefit of the 100g Sierras at the moment is that they shoot virtually the same POI as the 140s, which is obviously handy!
    Paul.

    PS. Muzzle velocities are 140g Sierra Game King - 2470, and 100g Nosler - 2930
    Last edited by The Pig; 01-10-2015 at 20:16.

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    Never used other than a 95g ballistic tip in my 6.5X55 and only deployed on deer including red hinds.

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    Last edited by Klenchblaize; 01-10-2015 at 20:26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    Never used other than a 95g ballistic tip in my 6.5X55 and only deployed on deer including red hinds.

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    K
    Hi, is that a V-Max?

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    Im using Hornady 95g V-Max with 44grains of Viht N150 for fox only.
    The Length of round to the ogive is 2.345 . Its quite a short stubby bullet compared to some of the 6.5 stuff that's available.
    A very accurate load in the gun that im using at the moment. Experienced similar good results with the Sierra 85g HP with the same load/powder and round length.

    Last edited by Scarlet; 01-10-2015 at 22:08. Reason: picture

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    Thank you very much for your reply, it is much appreciated. I've just looked back at my previous post, and it's N150 not 160 I have been using in the 140 grainers (N160 on the brain at the moment having just loaded N160 into 200 rounds of 300 Win Mag), I will try and source some V-Max. What rifle and barrel length are they going up, and with which primer?
    Thanks,
    Paul.
    Last edited by The Pig; 01-10-2015 at 22:55.

  8. #8
    In the picture above I was using a Sako finnlight @100 yards which had 22 1/2 inch barrel. Primers were CCI and the brass was Lapua.
    I used the same load specification in a 6.5x55 Sauer Outback and that had a 20 inch barrel. A mixture of brass I used in the 202 outback just for foxing. Mainly used sierra 85g HP in this combination and had same results.
    My present gun a Sauer 202 has a 23 inch barrel and shoots the same round specification. See image below.
    Shot at 120 yards off a ruck sack from a cleaned barrel, fast fire one after another.


  9. #9
    That's really interesting. Never really considered using light bullets in mine. Looks like more reloading experiments required. Groan. Lol.

  10. #10
    Thanks very much for the info, I'm happy with the accuracy of the 100g Sierras, but need to see the result on the foxes. The 140g Sierra are perfect (38.1 N150 and CCI Large primer), but I expect the 95g to require a lot of turret adjustment from the 140's zero. I take it you are getting great expansion on foxes with the V-Max?
    Paul.

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