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Thread: TIKKA t3x 20 INCH BARRELL 6.5X55 ADVICE

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    TIKKA t3x 20 INCH BARRELL 6.5X55 ADVICE

    Hi , I am looking for advice, I am looking to purchase the above rifle they are due in ,in about 4 weeks apparently. They are standard 20inch barrels , I have read a lot on various forums about the need for a longer barrel in the 6.5 as it benefits from a slower powder like N160. I don't want to spend the money on the rifle if its not going to perform but TIKKA claim 1 moa out of the box, so I don't understand what all the fuss is about barrel length. I am also looking for a leg up on a starting load powder etc if I go forward with the purchase , I am going to use LAPUA brass. not sure about primers powder or tips . I shoot Fallow/MJ and Chinese with the odd foray further afield for Sika and Roe

    Any sensible advice appreciated

    Thanks

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    Hi Landy 1 i have a new cz sporter in 6.5x55 it has a 20in barrel i use n160 with 120g heads no problem i also use R19.

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    Hi I have the same rifle and have found reloader 17 works the best in the 20 inch barrel I get 2700 fps with 140 grain sst. Before I got onto reloader 17 I used n560 good accuracy but the fastest I was getting with the 140 grain sst was 2450 fps as all the powder was not burning in the short barrel.

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    Personally I think there is a lot of bull posted about 6.5x55. Yes with a shorter barrel you will lose some velocity but remember that the Swedish Military used carbines with 18 1/2" barrels or there abouts in length. The Swedish M94 carbine is sort after by sollectors and shooters alike.

    So I think your worrying to much. Use a medium buring rate powder and you should be fine just follow the manuals and normal safe handloading proceedures and you should be fine.

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    Hi landy I have a t3stainless light loves n160 and 120 seirras
    Tab tom

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    I had a 6.5x55 in a sako finnlite with a 19" barrel about 10years ago and I couldn't get near any stated velocities so got a 260rem which performs well in a more compact SA rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conure View Post
    Personally I think there is a lot of bull posted about 6.5x55. Yes with a shorter barrel you will lose some velocity but remember that the Swedish Military used carbines with 18 1/2" barrels or there abouts in length. The Swedish M94 carbine is sort after by sollectors and shooters alike.

    So I think your worrying to much. Use a medium buring rate powder and you should be fine just follow the manuals and normal safe handloading proceedures and you should be fine.
    To be fair the old style 6.5x55 did post some ***** velocities.
    To the OP, I have a 6.5x55 Blaser, use N150 under 120gr. It's adequate.

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    Hi I have a T3 20" barrel and all above statements are spot on. However watch N160, it is often quoted as the go to 6.5x55 powder but with many loads when put over a chrono it will not be deer legal even though it groups a dream. N150 however is spot on. I have been through most of the Ramshot powders, all good, and also IMR 4350, H4350 again good but due to not 100% burn a bit variable. Two years ago on this site I was recommended Rl17 and have never looked back. Standard load 46gr rl17 with a 140gr gameking doing 2700fps drops everything with little damage.
    if you are starting out fresh buy yourself a tub of Rl17 a box if 120gr prohunters and 140gr gamekings and go and shoot some deer.

    BE

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    1MOA guaranteed with factory ammo, surely?
    For Gods sake - don't tell her how much I've spent

    Ctrl-Alt FACT

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    Just out of interest what's the case fill like with RL17?

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