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    6.5x55 reloads

    I have sold all my fishing kit and bought a 2nd hand Tikka T3 in 6.5x55. I cant fish no ore due to back problems.

    I should have really put the money back in the house but wife said i have to have something to play with that ain't broke, cheeky cow.

    so after talking to a good friend it was thought that the 6.5x55 can be loaded with less punch on the shoulder and back.

    I want a bullet that will work on the odd roe and muntie. we are talking 2-3 a year here. but i also what it to work on fox and possibly pest control on rabbits that my .222 is failing on, IE:300+ yards.


    Thought and talks are saying 120Gn Speer Hot-core, varget 34.5-41.1Gn, cci primers. I do not want to run this in a hot load that will cause me more damage and pain. I can not handle recoil like you lot. I have to shoot semi auto shotgun with light loads as i cant deal with an o/u's kick.


    I use a load on my .222 of A-max 52Gn and 21.5Gn of Benchmark powder. this is a start load.


    What would you guys suggest. i dont want a hot load though please.

    thanks for any help you can offer guys.

    Kind regards
    Phil.

  2. #2
    Med-slow powders usually work best with the swede.
    I use H414 with great velocity and accuracy with a 125gr head.
    also tried H4835 with Vmax and they were good, very brutal on deer mind.

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    I have been messing with IMR 7828 in the 6.5 and getting sterling results with 120 grain bullets.~Muir

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    RL22 - 49 Gns ; Fed GM210 M primer, Lapua brass, 120Gn Nosler BT in a 22" 1:9 twist barrel gave 2830 fps, gentle to shoot, V accurate, no dramas with meat damage either. Not a hot load IMHO.

    Good luck with yours

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    Fit it with a moderator the recoil will be like being touch by a 16 year old virgin (if you have any of that age near you )
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    I have a MEA T12 to go on so should help.

    I was thinking of speer SP 120Gn.

    John What was the 125Gn you was loading? (brass came today thank you very kindley sir)

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    8,

    I use 120 grain Sierra soft points with Vit N160 and CCI primers. If you've got Swede brass from John Yorkshire - Roe I assume its once fired Privi - excellent brass IMO. I'm using Norma at the moment because I got offered a job lot of once fired cheap. I used Privi before then. Switching to Norma made no difference.

    The Swede has a deserved reputation for being easy on the shoulder. I run my Sierras about three quarters between the min and max, so warmish rather than hot. With my mod (Northstar) the recoil is barely noticable. I'm not a recoil hero either - I don't like to be knocked about. With your mod I imagine the T3 will be sweet shooting.

    Best of luck with it.

    Cheers,

    Bob

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    We have been using alliant rl22+rl19 Barnes ttsx 120grain bullets at around 2900fps very easy on the shoulder and will do anything you need it to that's for sure have a look here for some data mate

    Here is some factory load data for the 6.5x55

    This Data is put together by the magazine "VapenTidningen" Scandinavia's leading magazine for hunters,shooters and collectors

    80-108 Grain Bullets

    Manufacturer Bullet Weight Powder Load Velocity V0 Source
    Norma FMJ 80grain Norma 204 46grains 905 m/sec. Norma
    Norma FMJ 80grain Norma MRP 50,5grains 905 m/sec Norma
    Sierra * 85grain Vihtavouri N140 44grains 965m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra * 85grain Norma 202 45grains 1041m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra * 85grain RL 15 45grains 999m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra * 85grain Vihtavouri N150 46grains 1006m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra * 85grain Norma 204 52grains 1015m/sec. Sierra
    Norma HP 100grain Norma 202 41,4grains 940m/sec. Norma
    Norma HP 100grain Norma 204 48,3grains 940m/sec. Norma
    Barnes X 100grain IMR 4320 44grains 938m/sec. Barnes
    Barnes X 100grain Vihtavouri N160 50grains 948m/sec. Barnes
    Barnes X 100grain Norma MRP 53grains 962m/sec. Barnes
    Barnes X 100grain IMR 4831 50grains 953m/sec. Barnes
    Barnes X 100grain RL 19 51grains 953m/sec. Barnes
    Lapua FMJ 100grain Vihtavouri N150 41,4grains 875m/sec. Lapua
    Lapua FMJ 100grain Vihtavouri N160 50,3grains 900m/sec. Lapua
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 100grain RL 15 43,5grains 972m/sec. Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 100grain Vihtavouri N150 42grains 951m/sec. Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 100grain IMR 4350 48grains 953m/sec. Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 100grain Vihtavouri N160 50,5grains 966m/sec. Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 100grain RL 19 51,5grains 964m/sec. Nosler
    Sierra HP 100grain Vihtavouri N140 43grains 909m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra HP 100grain Norma 202 44grains 962m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra HP 100grain Vihtavouri N150 44grains 921m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra HP 100grain RL 15 44grains 915m/sec. Sierra
    Sierra HP 100grain Norma 204 50grains 946m/sec. Sierra
    Lapua Scenar 108grain Vihtavouri N150 40,7grains 875m/sec Lapua
    Lapua Scenar 108grain Vihtavouri N160 48,4grains 900m/sec Lapua
    Lapua Scenar 108grain Vihtavouri N165 49,8grains 900m/sec Lapua
    That was the 80-108 grain section.

    120 grain bullets

    Manufacturer Bullet Weight Powder Load Velocity V0 Source
    Barnes X 120grain IMR 4350 47grains 925m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain IMR 4320 42grains 893m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain IMR 4831 49grains 892m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain Vihtavouri N160 46grains 876m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain Norma MRP 49grains 897m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain RL 19 49grains 899m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 120grain RL 19 49grains 899m/sec Barnes
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 120grain RL12 40grains 869m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 120grain Vihtavouri N150 38grains 851m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 120grain IMR 4350 45,5grains 885m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 120grain RL 19 48,5grains 915m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Ballistic Tip 120grain Vihtavouri N160 46,5grains 865m/sec Nosler
    Sierra * 120grain Vihtavouri N140 41grains 861m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain Norma 204 48grains 873m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain RL 19 48grains 869m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain IMR 4831 49grains 900m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain Vihtavouri N160 49,5grains 896m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain RL 22 53grains 915m/sec Sierra
    Sierra * 120grain Norma MRP 53grains 918m/sec Sierra
    That was the 120 grain part.

    125-139 grain bullets

    Manufacturer Bullet Weight Powder Load Velocity V0 Source
    Nosler Partition 125grain RL 12 38,5grains 842m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 125grain IMR 4350 45,5grains 887m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 125grain IMR 4831 47grains 896m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 125grain RL 19 47,5grains 899m/sec Nosler
    Barnes Original 129grain RL 22 51grains 902m/sec Barnes
    Barnes Original 129grain Norma MRP 51grains 906m/sec Barnes
    Barnes Original 129grain Vihtavouri N165 52grains 874m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 130grain RL 19 48grains 860m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 130grain IMR 4831 48grains 880m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 130grain IMR 4320 40grains 870m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 130grain IMR 4350 47grains 925m/sec Barnes
    Norma FMJBT 139grain Norma 204 44grains 820m/sec Norma
    Norma FMJBT 139grain Norma MRP 47,5grains 850m/sec Norma
    Norma SPBT 139grain Norma 204 44grains 820m/sec Norma
    Norma SPBT 139grain Norma MRP 48,1grains 870m/sec Norma
    Norma Vulkan 139grain Norma 204 44grains 820m/sec Norma
    Norma Vulkan 139grain Norma MRP 48,4grains 870m/sec Norma
    Lapua* Scenar 139grain Vihtavouri N140 37,2grains 750m/sec Lapua
    Lapua* Scenar 139grain Vihtavouri N160 44,9grains 800m/sec Lapua
    *23rd of May-98. Warning!! Due to an error had the powders for the 139gr Scenar been mixed up!

    Do not use data previous this date!!

    125-139 grain section finished

    140-165 grain bullets

    Manufacturer Bullet Weight Powder Load Velocity V0 Source
    Barnes X 140grain RL 19 47grains 853m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 140grain IMR 4350 45grains 869m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 140grain IMR 4320 39grains 854m/sec Barnes
    Barnes X 140grain IMR 4831 47grains 859m/sec Barnes
    Nosler Partition 140grain Vihtavouri N150 34grains 722m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 140grain IMR 4350 43grains 832m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 140grain IMR 4831 44,5grains 842m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 140grain Vihtavouri N160 41grains 765m/sec Nosler
    Nosler Partition 140grain RL 22 46,5grains 835m/sec Nosler
    Lapua FMJBT 144grain Vihtavouri N150 34grains 700m/sec Lapua
    Lapua FMJBT 144grain Vihtavouri N160 43,5grains 750m/sec Lapua
    Lapua FMJBT 144grain Vihtavouri N165 44,6grains 750m/sec Lapua
    Lapua Mega 144grain Vihtavouri N160 43,2grains 725m/sec Lapua
    Norma Alaska 155grain Norma 204 44grains 785m/sec Norma
    Norma Alaska 156grain Norma MRP 46,3grains 785m/sec Norma
    Norma Vulkan 156grain Norma 204 42,4grains 770m/sec Norma
    Norma Vulkan 156grain Norma MRP 44,9grains 806m/sec Norma
    Barnes Original 165grain IMR 4350 42grains 800m/sec Barnes
    Barnes Original 165grain IMR 4831 44grains 803m/sec Barnes
    Barnes Original 165grain RL 19 45grains 793m/sec Barnes
    And thatīs about it!

    Conversion factors

    For you who need to transform this to that!!

    Grains x 0,0648 = Gram
    Gram x 15,432 = Grains
    Gram x0,03527 = Ounce
    Ounce x28,35 = Gram
    Inch x25,40 = mm
    mm x0,03937 = Inch
    Feet/sec. x0,3048 = m/sec
    m/sec x3,281 = Feet/sec.

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