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    6.5x57

    I've messed with the 260 REM and 7mm-08 REM quite a bit . And the 7x57 and 6.5x55 quite a bit as well . Same can be said about the 257 Roberts , 6mm REM/244 REM and the 243 WIN .

    Since I've been a little hung up on 6.5 mm's I kinda am intrested in making a 6.5x57 . Anyone here got one or anyone here used one ?

    I cannot imagina why it wouldn't be a good deer killer with the Nosler 125 Partition or the Hornady 129 SST .

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    The 5.6x57 also intrests me . But rather then building one of those as it's done on the Continent I think I would rather just have a necked down 6mm REM or whats called over here a 224 TTH !

    TTH is Texas Trophy Hunter , this would be a good one for the Nosler 60 grain Partition and 150 pound or less deer .

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    6pt, There is a member on the forum, although he no longer participates much, called Ecoman. He was head stalker on a West Coast estate in Scotland for many years. And for a lot of those he used a 6.5x57 made by Trevor Proctor. If you look up in the community pages and find his entry you could PM him. He is a delightful man who I am proud to call my friend, and I have never known anyone more willing to share his hard earned information.

    I quite fancy an Ackleyized 6.5x55, although Ackley himself never did such a round I know people have used his theories abut straight walled cases and shoulder angles on the 6.5x55.

    Simon

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    6.5 X 57 is almost identical to the 6.5 X 55. The actual case volumes and not the obvious case length!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6pt-sika View Post
    The 5.6x57 also intrests me . But rather then building one of those as it's done on the Continent I think I would rather just have a necked down 6mm REM or whats called over here a 224 TTH !

    TTH is Texas Trophy Hunter , this would be a good one for the Nosler 60 grain Partition and 150 pound or less deer .
    6pt,
    The Texas Trophy Hunter will be almostly identical to the 224 Clark, a very specialised cartridge primarily designed for long heavy bullets in the 80-90grn weight range and thus needing a 1:7 or 1:8 twist.
    The kind of rotational speeds attained by the fast twist will probably vapourise 60grn bullets a few yards from the muzzle at the velocities the TTH is capable of.
    To utilise the velocity available from the TTH's case capacity with a 60grn bullet you will need to go to the other end of the scale and fit a barrel of much slower twist at least a 1:14 or even a 1:16.
    Either way there appears to be no middle ground with this cartridge and whatever way you look at it, it is an extreme cartridge in all ways.

    Ian.

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    I've used an estate rifle in that caliber a couple of times but I'm afraid I can't tell you much about it other than it seemed very effective for not much recoil. I think it was firing 140 grn bt's. I know that Norman Clarke had quite a bit to do with it but I don't think he built it. If your struggeling for info I'll try and find out a bit more.

    Jim

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    I own and use a Heym SR 21 in 6.5x57 and found it to be a superb performer. It is faster and flatter than the x55 and I think it is a great shame it is not as widely used in the UK as it is in Europe. Do not forget it is not a military round so can be used in France etc. I loved my little Tikka T3 6.5x55 and was to be very honest very unsure if I was doing the right thing in trading it in against the 6.5x57.
    My first shot out of my Heym was a near 200yd shot onto a Fallow doe and the 6.5x57 dropped her on the spot this was a homeload using Vit N140 and Sierra 120grn spitzer bullet. The bullet went straight through after setting up and doing the required damage to heart and lungs.
    I have found the x57 seems to like 120grn heads more than my Tikka x55 which worked best with 140grn but in all fairness that could just have been the rifle or me.
    If you fancy the 6.5x57 it is accurate and sweet to shoot like the 6.5x55 only just a little bit better I feel, so go for it and dare to be different.
    The ORDNANCE QF 18 pounder Field Gun......I wonder if they will let me have one of these on an open ticket

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    I have a Mauser M98 in 6.5x57. It has an old Hensoldt 4x scope on it and has a double trigger, which is the lightest trigger that I have pulled in my life. I have only used it on the range......................

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    hi 6pt I use a 5.6 x57 its a krico full stock nice rifle to use i use nosler 60g partitions in it it does a good job on roe north of the border and cwd here

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    As far I know, many hunters on the continent were not satisfied with the performance of the 6.5x57 (similar to 6.5x55) and therefore the
    6.5x64 Brenneke was developed to fill the gap between 6.5x57 and 6.5x68. Another advantage was that some rifles could be opened
    up to 6.5x64.
    edi

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