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    6.5 x 55 question

    Have any 6.5 shooters have any experience of how 120 gr bullets and 156 bullets group in regard to left and right movement? To make it clearer! I'm trying to find a bullet combo that I can use, say 120 gr for fox and more open deer and then slip in a 156 round nose for some dense woodland without having to change scope settings?

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    Hi I have just the same set up but it occurred by accident. I home load my 120gr and then bought a box of geco 156gr and they have the same POA. If you home load you could try and get a similar outcome but for factory I think you will be very lucky to find a match.
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    whats the recipe for your 120 homeload, if you don't mind me asking? is that 120 soft point or ballistic tip?

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    Just use 140gr SP for both like most people I know!

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    Iv got to loads one for 120 nosler bt and 1 for 140grn sst the 140 grains shoot 2cm to the left but the same hight so easy to a just when I run out of one to use the other

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    There might just be lateral change at 100 yds, but take the 156gr out further and it will drop like a stone compared to the 120gr. Grab a ballistics calculator - I use the Swarovski one - and see what I mean... You could have a 500 fps MV difference, and that will make a huge difference. All depends on the distances you're shooting at though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    whats the recipe for your 120 homeload, if you don't mind me asking? is that 120 soft point or ballistic tip?
    Hi 45.5gr IMR4350 Amax and Sierra PH

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    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    There might just be lateral change at 100 yds, but take the 156gr out further and it will drop like a stone compared to the 120gr. Grab a ballistics calculator - I use the Swarovski one - and see what I mean... You could have a 500 fps MV difference, and that will make a huge difference. All depends on the distances you're shooting at though
    Ok. I'm sure it wouldn't be a concern. I have a couple of high seats in some thick chestnut coppice and fancied trying a 156gr round nose for a blood trail follow if necessary? Ranges would be well under 100 yards, so sure there wouldn't be anything to worry about at that range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Ok. I'm sure it wouldn't be a concern. I have a couple of high seats in some thick chestnut coppice and fancied trying a 156gr round nose for a blood trail follow if necessary? Ranges would be well under 100 yards, so sure there wouldn't be anything to worry about at that range?
    Blimey no, at that range you're good to go! The 156gr will put down a polar bear, so you'll be fine :-) If slightly left at 100 yds, give your scope one click right, and that'll give you a simple 4" PBZ on even a muntie at that range
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Ok. I'm sure it wouldn't be a concern. I have a couple of high seats in some thick chestnut coppice and fancied trying a 156gr round nose for a blood trail follow if necessary? Ranges would be well under 100 yards, so sure there wouldn't be anything to worry about at that range?
    One thing I found with the 156gr norma oryx I tended to have a lot of runners with muntjac as opposed to bang flop with 140gr. I have had this rubbished on here before but it was my personal experience with the batch of ammo I had.

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