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Thread: 6.5x55, Nosler 100gr BT COAL????

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    6.5x55, Nosler 100gr BT COAL????

    Hi all,
    I have bought some 100gr noslers to try in my swede for fox.
    Nosler have the coal at 3.025" which has the bullet seated around 4mm into the neck, I have read as a rule the bullet should be seated a minimum of its diameter, so 6.5mm

    Has anyone loaded this bullet and if so what coal did you use?



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    Will,
    I have tried and like you was unhappy to have too little bullet in the case neck. I haven't got my reloading notes to hand, but my normal hunting load is with 120gn Nosler BTs which measure 77.1mm OAL. With the 100gns I went to either 74.9mm or 75.0mm OAL (I can't remember which off hand). Anyhow they still shoot very good groups and to a similar POI as the 120gns. However, the 120's did group marginally better (circ 1/2" at 100yds) and I didn't think the speed gains and hence trajectory gains of the 100's were sufficient to justify having them as a "foxing round" so I just use the 120gns for everything (although I am working up a 130gn Accubond load as an option for Scottish trips).
    Hope this helps.
    Neal

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    Like Neal says the extra gained by 100gr may not be huge, particularly if you are anxious about the loading. 120gr for foxes is probably just as good. Certainly good enough for Roe, but liking the 140gr for anything bigger. Nothing scientific just feels right therefore shot with more confidence.

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    I would be happy to use the 120's aswell, my main issue being the local rfds have very limited 6.5 heads in stock and never do have. So I just bought the 100's, I have got a 140gr load which I intend to use for deer. I will try the 100's at 75mm OAL an see how they go....

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    They should shoot fine if my experience is anything to go by. ATB N

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will84 View Post
    I would be happy to use the 120's aswell, my main issue being the local rfds have very limited 6.5 heads in stock and never do have. So I just bought the 100's, I have got a 140gr load which I intend to use for deer. I will try the 100's at 75mm OAL an see how they go....
    If you get stuck 120gr amax through the post or via alpinhunting on the Internet. Amax work a treat on foxes.

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