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    Light load 6.5 x 55

    Hi Guys

    Anyone got any ideals on a light load / bullet type etc for a 6.5 x 55 for foxes

    Rifle is med action 8 twist barrel SAKO 85

    Looking loads up, the twist dictates the weight in relation to accuracy.

    If anyone has any info, it would be greatly appreciated

    ATB

    Phil

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    I philip i used sierra 85gr in 6.5x55 mine is a tikka varmint with 1in8 twist and powder was n160 works really well good on the foxes but not so good on munty. atb derek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derek treherne View Post
    I philip i used sierra 85gr in 6.5x55 mine is a tikka varmint with 1in8 twist and powder was n160 works really well good on the foxes but not so good on munty. atb derek.
    derek not wishing to hijack the thread but as phillip asked the sam question as was going through my mind

    the siearra 85s that you use are they ballistic tip or soft points as i also have a tikka varmint and am looking for a load for fox

    [n 6.5 swede in conjuction with v160 atb foxxer

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    Sierra 85gr HP. Ballistic Tips are Nosler BTW
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    Cheers Guys
    Greatly appreciated, got something to work on now, I was a bit concerned that the low twist would throw a lighter round all over the place 85 grn sounds just about right for old charlie boy.

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    I would be concerned the 85gr are a bit short, stability might be poor. If you are going to use the 6.5 for foxes, take full advantage of it. Try 100gr BT's, over even better, 108 gr Scenars - they are awesome.
    Brian.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinistral View Post
    Sierra 85gr HP. Ballistic Tips are Nosler BTW
    many thanks sinistral i admit i am not familiar with siearra bullets having only ever used nosler and hornady
    balistic tips atb foxxer

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    Im using 95 grain hornady vmax in my 6.5 sauer 202 outback, they are a savage round, havnt shot any foxes with them but have head and neck shot a few deer with them. below is a sika hind shot with it the damage to the neck is unreal.
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    Might also trying some IMR Trail Boss powder for these light bullets. Lower velocities would make for an interesting (and quieter) round...

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    Sierra 85 grain varmint bullets shot great in my sako 75.
    1/4 in groups at 100 yards and 1.5in at 300 yards.
    I used 48 grains of h414.

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