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    6.5 x 55 bullets

    Am going to start reloading for a new 6.5 x 55, I have already got some info off some people on here, which is great, just thought I'd get some more, mainly bullet choice. Not sure which weight to start with and bullet.?

    my local store has the 120 sierra and 120 ballistic tip. And also the 140 hornady. I do like the sound of using a lighter 120, how do the 120 ballistic tip behave? I don't want something that blows up on shoulder shots!

    thanks

    Last edited by Boarboy; 11-06-2013 at 08:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Am going to start reloading for a new 6.5 x 55, I have already got some info off some people on here, which is great, just thought I'd get some more, mainly bullet choice. Not sure which weight to start with and bullet.?

    my local store has the 120 sierra and 120 ballistic tip. And also the 140 hornady. I do like the sound of using a lighter 120, how do the 120 ballistic tip behave? I don't want something that blows up on shoulder shots!

    thanks

    Morning

    I use Hornady 140gr SSTs at the moment, and they are stonkingly good. I use HPS-TR to reload for me, and they've also made up a small batch of Nosler 120gr BTs which I'll have a play with at the range next month to see how they are through my rifle

    I've chrono'd the SSTs at 2,660fps MV, so they're not so slow for a good sized round. Book speed for the Noslers is 2,970fps MV, but I'll check for my own set up at the range

    Loads are:
    Hornady 140gr SST - 46.7 grains N160
    Nosler 120gr BT - 50.7 grains N160

    These are tried & test recipes, so work up to them and see how you go, but i can highly recommend the SST, and that's what I use on everything - one rifle, one scope, one ammo

    Cheers
    iain
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    I shoot 100 grain ballistic tips through my sako 6.5 over varget powder for foxes and 140 grain sierra gamekings over varget for fallow managed to reload so they both shoot within an inch of the same zero,tried a few 140 grain bullets and only settled on the game kings as ive found them available at all my local gunshops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    Morning

    I use Hornady 140gr SSTs at the moment, and they are stonkingly good. I use HPS-TR to reload for me, and they've also made up a small batch of Nosler 120gr BTs which I'll have a play with at the range next month to see how they are through my rifle

    I've chrono'd the SSTs at 2,660fps MV, so they're not so slow for a good sized round. Book speed for the Noslers is 2,970fps MV, but I'll check for my own set up at the range

    Loads are:
    Hornady 140gr SST - 46.7 grains N160
    Nosler 120gr BT - 50.7 grains N160

    These are tried & test recipes, so work up to them and see how you go, but i can highly recommend the SST, and that's what I use on everything - one rifle, one scope, one ammo

    Cheers
    iain
    Thanks,

    im not sure if the hornady are sst or the inter bonds, I will check next time. I think they have the 129sst. Any experience with those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Thanks,

    im not sure if the hornady are sst or the inter bonds, I will check next time. I think they have the 129sst. Any experience with those?
    Only used SSTs in 140gr. I got the Noslers off a chum otherwise I'd not have bothered!
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Nosler 120gr BT - 50.7 grains N160

    I. Farticus,whats the C.OAL for the load please ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MARKG View Post
    Nosler 120gr BT - 50.7 grains N160

    I. Farticus,whats the C.OAL for the load please ?

    It's in my Sako 75, so bear that in mind... 3.110"

    Cheers
    iain
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Am going to start reloading for a new 6.5 x 55, I have already got some info off some people on here, which is great, just thought I'd get some more, mainly bullet choice. Not sure which weight to start with and bullet.? my local store has the 120 sierra and 120 ballistic tip. And also the 140 hornady. I do like the sound of using a lighter 120, how do the 120 ballistic tip behave? I don't want something that blows up on shoulder shots! thanks ​
    why do you want to shoot them in the shoulder

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    I am using Hornady 129sst with 45.5gn N160 with a col 2.996".

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    I used to shoot the Nosler 120's out of a 6.5x55AI that I had. My personal findings were that if you kept them around the 2800fps mark they were OK, not too much damage. Above that (I ran them up to 3100fps at one point ) they were quite messy.

    I stopped using them altogether when I tried the Sierra 140 Gamekings.....an excellent bullet!

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