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    hello, please do say if this is a bit of a cheek as iv been a member less than a week ,but sussex lad has talked me into trying reloading the 6.5.
    has any one got any pet loads that they might want to share. i would be very grateful for any pointers.

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    bigdan 6.5x55

    Have a look at the Dan Newberry website re Optimal Charge Weight Load development. Then try some Hornady SST's (129g) using suitable powder such as Reloader 19, Hodgdon h4350 or similar. You're not looking for lightnig speeds because 6.5 works well at lower velocities.
    Sierra Gamekings (140g) seriously accurate, but I've yet to try them on the deer.


  3. #3

    I've had good results with 3 powders in 6.5x55 with Accubond 130 gr and Ballistic Tip 120 gr.

    Reloder 22 - I have seen this referred to as the Gold Standard for the calibre.
    H4895 - very minor increase in group size over R22.
    Tubal 5000 - equal to R22 in group size and 25% cheaper!

    Of course, this only applies to my rifle and the way in which I reload.

    Good luck - it's the most interesting calibre I have ever reloaded for.


  4. #4
    JayB is a 6.5 man, I'm sure he can help you out. Cracking calibre the Swede!

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    I use Vhit 160 in mine.

    48.7 gr under a prohunter 120 gr bullet. Around 2700fps.

    I also use it with 129SST but they do stupid things inside deer, like go in and turn at 90 degree angles, even had one return out the same side as the entry wound!! Very accurate though. I will look up my loads for you.

    As above, I use the optimal load method and it has worked for me.


  6. #6
    Hornady 129 grain Interlocks, 45 grains of H4350 this combination in my gun is very accurate and very deadly. Furthest a Sika stag has ever gone is 15 yards, and that was a long way, Sika hinds do a sort of cartwheel thing and Roe deer tend to swoon on the spot.

    Seriously this round is very good in mine, I have not put it over a chrony but it does the job very efficiently. I have some 140 grain and 160 grain Hornady loaded up and one of these days, when I am out of 129 grain, I will develop these further.


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    Hi Bigdan and welcome, I have only Roe, muntjac and fox on my ground so tend to use lighter bullets than most it seems.
    IMR4064 42grains/2.75gm will give you 2935fps and 1913ft/lbs of energy for a 100 grain Sierra bullet.
    I use the same charge for my 120 grain Sierras ( fraction over the present recommended Max) but the max recommended load has dropped by 2 grains over the past five years or so. Also I Full length seat my bullets (3.127" in my rifle rather than 3.00") which reduces the pressure quite a bit.
    In fact I had Smoke problems using H414 (no obturation) and had to go a full grain over their Max to cure this problem.
    This charge gives me 2884 fps and 2217 ft/lbs.
    Both the above giive me three shot groups of three quarters of an inch at one hundred yards through my Sako and often two of the three are touching or very close.

    I have also loaded using Vithavouri N160 and Hodgdens H414 but the IMR 4064 is a versatile powder and I load my .243 with it also.

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    thanks very much for the info fellas. im sure ill get the reloading bug too once i get into it. walked round my new shoot last night and saw a cracking roe buck so i may just have to take my first deer with factory ammo as im not sure i have the patience to wait till sussex lad has shown me how to do the techy, weighy clever stuff. !!

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    full length seat

    if I am reading your post correctly,

    Also I Full length seat my bullets (3.127" in my rifle rather than 3.00") which reduces the pressure quite a bit.
    This will actually increase pressure, not reduce it. The closer the bullet is to the rifling, the higher the pressure is.

    and oter loads are:

    48.3gr N160 with hornady 100gr SP
    46.6gr N160 with Hornady 129gr SST

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    I am not sure you are correct on the pressure front when seating your bullet full length rather than the recommended COL.

    When loading a given powder charge for the recommended COL i.e 3.00" my Chrono gave me an average of 2927fps. The same charge using my rifle's overall cartridge length (3.127") gives me an average of 2884fps.
    This tells me that, as there is more of an air gap within the cartridge (full length sizing) then the pressure will be less.

    Perhaps others can enlarge on this one.

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