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    Muntjac bullet / load for 6.5 x 55

    I am thinking of working up a load specifically for Muntjac for my 6.5 x 55. I'm currently using 129 grain SST's and am concerned that I may get alot of meat damage with these on small deer. I was thinking of a "heavy and slow" combination. I thought a soft nosed bullet somewhere between 140 and 160 grains might do the job. I know Hornaday do a 160 grain round nose, but not sure if any are available in the UK.

    I am not worried about flat shooting as I'm unlikely to use them over 100 yards.

    I'd be grateful for people's experience of this. I may be wasting my time and I might be better off with the load I already have. However, if anyone's been there and tried it out I'd like to hear about it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Bob

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    I shot a few last year with a friends 260 and 140gr Nosler Partitions. Now that is a lot more penetration than is required, but they killed perfectly and did not badly damage the carcass. I shot four a few weeks ago with 120gr NBT's out of my 260, damage was rather more significant.

    Look for 140gr Hornady's or the like.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    140gn hornady sst's over 48gn RL22 will sort them out no problem !

    or 120gn barnes tipped tsx , have used both extencively on muntys and damage is minimal

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    +1 leec 140 but could not get reloader last time will have to work on a new powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roedeerred View Post
    +1 leec 140 but could not get reloader last time will have to work on a new powder.
    N160 is a very good substistute !

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    I have used the Sierra Gameking 140 gr SP with 43,5 grs N160 gives 785m/s in my Sako and good accuracy. Haven't tried it on game yet though. I wouldn't go over 140gr if you are looking at reliable expansion at moderate velocities.

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    Slow and heavy is the way to go, with out a doubt.
    I used to use nosler 165grBT on muntjac through my .308, they caused less damage than 130grs.
    Can not remember just how fast but, it was just above min load. IIRC.

    Nick.

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    Hannam's reloading do the 160grain round nose hornady also the 155 lapua mega in 6.5mm
    link to their web site.
    Got some 155 mega's factory loaded for a good price, good accuracy in my 6.5x55 on paper.
    Not got to use them in anger yet so can't say anything on the meat damage front.


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    I have had great success with FACTORY 156gr RN but you can soon find a load for these heads.

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    Thanks for the advice on this - its really good stuff.

    Cheers,

    Bob

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