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    Home loading the Blaser R8 6.5x55

    Im looking for data on home loading the 6.5x55 Blaser R8.
    1. Brass case length to the shoulder`s
    2. Over all length of round from base of case to ogive of projectile.
    Any weight from 85grain to 140grain. All information would be gratefully excepted..
    Last edited by Scarlet; 19-06-2016 at 07:44.

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    +1

    Me too - in exactly same position

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    Cant give you an R8 but the following are working well in my R93

    140gr SST RL 17 43 COAL 3.15
    140gr Nos BT N160 43.5 COAL 3.15
    140gr Amax RL22 48 COAL 3.06
    140gr Amax N160 43.5 COAL 3.15

    Still looking for a suitable 120 GMX and 129 SST/Interbond load

    All of these give sub moa groups. I have the dimensions of base to shoulder and base to ogive but bear in mind each rifle/chamber is likely to be different. I full length size my case bumping the shoulder back a couple of thou from its fired dimension.

    Hope that helps!

    DT

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    Isnt that the whole idea of working up a load,because all rifles are different so custom making ammunition???

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    Can some one please explain this??

    The 6.5x55 is not exactly a new round so are you suggesting that Blaser cannot make a chamber to CIP specs?

    As this is what this sounds like.

    So I suggest you load rounds to std CIP specs fire them then reload the fired cases just sizing them so they chamber sweetly. Seat bullets to base of neck and see how ell they shoot. No need for the gnats fart from the leade at all.

    case length = 55mm (2.165")
    length to base of neck = 47.18mm (1.852")
    length to shoulder = 43.45MM (1.704")

    COL = 80.0mm (3.150")

    CIP max dimension in MM SAAMI in inches taken from Vhit 1st edition manual

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    This is all a new language to me - much to learn !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowji john View Post
    This is all a new language to me - much to learn !!
    If your into stalking dont worry about having to learn too much of the above,the absolute basics of reloading will be more than you can utilise in the field....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Im looking for data on home loading the 6.5x55 Blaser R8.
    1. Brass case length to the shoulder`s
    2. Over all length of round from base of case to ogive of projectile.
    Any weight from 85grain to 140grain. All information would be gratefully excepted..
    To measure case head to mid point on case shoulder you need a headspace guage. A number of manufacturers make them, Hornady is probably the easiest to use.
    When you have one, take a number of fired cases from your rifle and measure using the guage.
    Take an average of the cases measured and use that dimension.
    The measurements you obtain will vary slightly (1-3thou) due to varying expansion & springback properties of the brass.
    This will give you the fired case headspace dimension you should use.
    Set your Full Length resizing die so that when you resize a fired case, it just bumps the case shoulder back no more than .002" (2 thou)

    As to loaded round OAL, trial & error to find what works best with each bullet, but a Hornady Comparator guage will help maintain consistent seating depth from ogive to case head.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    Size the case until is fits easily in the chamber. Lock the dies. Find a starting load with your powder of choice. Seat the bullet to specified OAL....

    Do the work.~Muir

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    To put you guys in the picture. I have access to an over all length gauge and im fully aware of collecting data from one.
    Im also familiar with working up loads with regards powder charge.
    The collection point to pick the gun up is quite some distance from me. However I have arranged to shoot the rifle in en-route at a private shooting range facility.
    So I intend on taking some already made up rounds for this process. Hence the request for projectile length.
    Save me taking all my loading gear and knocking up rounds whilst doing the shooting in.
    Once im back home I can then establish an ogive length for different projectiles to my own satisfaction.
    I do have data for a factory Federal 140g Power Shok taken using a bullet comparator and vernier gauge.
    Which works out to 2.322 being the longest and 2.315 the shortest out of the same box.

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