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Thread: 6.5x55 vs '06

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    6.5x55 vs '06

    took the Swede to the stags on Friday, been a while I have to admit (the Swede, not the stalking!), but in culling a wee 4 point yearling I was reminded how I prefer the big slow shove of the 30-06 rather than the violent jump/crack of the 6.5. This was with 156 grainers, just too much jump and '243 ishness over the Swede. The more I shoot the aught six the more I'm growing to love that more shall we say 'predictable' shove that you get.

    do others feel the same as me?

    I have to admit, I'm starting to go a bit off the .243 and 6.5, and use the .223 and 30-06 in preference. Interestingly those are the CZ/BRNO's where the .243 and 6.5 are Sako and Tikka.

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    I was reminded how I prefer the big slow shove of the 30-06 rather than the violent jump/crack of the 6.5.
    Oh dear I must be missing something as I have never noticed either of these things. In fact the 6.5x55 is renowned for being gentle to shooters. One of the reasons Bell used the 6.5mm was for it's light recoil and lack of ammunition weight. Of course he started off on the 6.5mm's with the 6.5x53R then later he had a Schoneauer in 6.5x54MS. I beleive the 7mm Mauser came in-between these.

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    I'm wondering about stock fit and barrel length, as I've only shot a "Swede" rifle once and it was a total pussycat, albeit we were firing 140 grain bullets.

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    Shoot and have shot a 6.5 for years can't say I have ever experienced "the violent jump/crack of the 6.5"

    John
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    With a mod on I get very little recoil at all with my 6.5! without the mod it's a bit more like a rifle going off but nothing like my .308!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    Shoot and have shot a 6.5 for years can't say I have ever experienced "the violent jump/crack of the 6.5"

    John
    I'm with you on this one.~Muir

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    i find the 6.5 modded or not quite smooth my 308 is also smooth to shoot then again they are steyrs so what do you expect from such good rifles .
    norma

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    not 'violent' perhaps, just very 'jumpy'..dunno, maybe it's just me- LOL

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    I was shooting my 6.5/55 on the range yesterday and I was able to maintain sight picture after the shot to enable me to see the marker indicating the shot - mine is un-modded and pushing 142g bullets rather quickly!

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    I to have never noticed any of those things also I would not have thought the 156g is the best weight bullet for the swede 120-140 I have had much better success and accuracy with, but I now only shoot the 120g TTSX at 2900fps and has stopped everything in its path......

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