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Thread: Best 6.5x55 bullet weight

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    Best 6.5x55 bullet weight

    I'd be interested in your opinions guys. What bullet weight do you use in 6.5x55 and what hold over do you need to apply at 200 yards?

    I use a 6.5x55 now for all of my stalking. That's mainly roe in woodland and forestry with some sika in forestry and reds on the hill. Ranges regularly out to 200 yards across clearfell and hinds on the hill.

    As the only ones they had in the gun shop at the time were 156 grain Norma Vulkans I got those, however on the Norma app it said these drop 6.7 inches at 200 yards which means on a roe kid you are aiming over their back (I don't dial in.) I wondered if I was using the app was right so tried them on a target and they, indeed had dropped over 6 inches. Seems a bit loopy?

    The gun shop now have in stock only 140 grain Federal and Winchester so not sure they'd be a lot better. Does anyone use 120/126/129 grain?

    I used to use a .243 for everything bar red stags and with 100 grain ammo they'd only drop two inches at 200 yards.

    Thanks in advance

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    Its best not to zero at 100 yds. Zero at a further distance to give you a better maximum point blank range (look up MPBR). This will help you a lot.

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    I use 139grain privvis,not loaded any for it yet but i, like takbok says zeroed 1inch and a half on a 100,and i just point and shoot upto your distance, furthest ive tried was 300 on steel it drops fifteen inch at that,

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    156gn Norma Vulkans.. have ASV+ scope so set that to 170m.. that gives me point and shoot from 0-220m.. if I need more I can just dial it in

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    140 grain Hornady.
    Is there a time and place for spontaneity?

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    140gr gamekings 1" up at 100, 1" down at 200. If I'm shooting further I increase 100 to 2"

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    140gr Hornady SST.

    Zeroed 2" high @100yds gives me PBR of 240yds - ie I aim at the 4" kill zone on roe anywhere 0-240yds and the bullet will be in it. I've not shot anything beyond 201yds though, but it worked a treat.

    Crazy accurate, but can give meat damage, so if shooting for profit, be warned. I only shoot for my own freezer, so am more concerned with dropping my quarry into its own shadow, and just cut out anything damaged
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    120grn nosler.....around 3" drop at 200yrds with a 100yrd zero

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    140 grain SST/140 Nos Partition

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernel gadaffi View Post
    140 grain Hornady.
    +1 zero at 200yds

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