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    7,5x55 Swiss for Hunting

    Hello folks,

    On the off chance, has anyone any experience of using the 7.5x55 Swiss as a hunting round? The removal of French military calibre restrictions has got me thinking...

    So, I'd appreciate anyone's experience / thoughts on ammunition and suitability. Had a look at the Norma website and they load a 180gr Oryx which seems to be good an paper...

    So, thanks in advance for your input.

    ATB,

    Scrummy

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    So close to a 7 x 64 why bother? Remember the South African saying!

    David.

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    Ahhhh tis actually much closer to .308 Winchester and even uses .38 bullets so it actually an excellent round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    Ahhhh tis actually much closer to .308 Winchester and even uses .38 bullets so it actually an excellent round.
    Agreed. Excellent cartridge. I have eight or nine Swiss straight-pulls; four of which are K-31s which I consider one of the best built rifles in the world; military or no. They have excellent triggers and are decidedly accurate. When the K31's hit market bottom for price ($149 US) I wanted to drill and tap one for a scope and make a hunting rifle out of it but the prices bounced immediately when the supply dried up. I have a 1911 Engineer's Carbine that someone drilled, tapped, and otherwise abused already so I'm not entirely out of that idea yet. I shoot mostly cast bullets from my Swiss. They were my favorite weapon for the off hand (standing) part of the cast bullet competitions. I won a couple of the 200M shoots with a Model 96/11 and an RCBS 168 grain bullet @ around 2000 fps. I once had a Hammerli Heavy Target rifle on a K-31. Beautiful rifle, but the kids needed the things that kids need so it went. (sigh!)

    But I sidetracked. Have at it! It will be a fine hunting cartridge.~Muir

    PS: Can you get reloadable brass for that round? And what kind of rifle??
    Last edited by Muir; 21-09-2013 at 14:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Agreed. Excellent cartridge. <snip>

    But I sidetracked. Have at it! It will be a fine hunting cartridge.~Muir

    PS: Can you get reloadable brass for that round? And what kind of rifle??
    Answer = yes you can.

    As already pointed out it is very close to .308. If you're thinking about a Schmidt-Rubin straightpull action I'd advise cycling the bolt a few times to gauge the mechanical noise level - and it's not an action which wants to be cycled slowly/gently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkathreebarrels View Post
    Answer = yes you can.

    As already pointed out it is very close to .308. If you're thinking about a Schmidt-Rubin straightpull action I'd advise cycling the bolt a few times to gauge the mechanical noise level - and it's not an action which wants to be cycled slowly/gently.
    I should have said, " ...brass other than Norma or PPU." which are the only available brass here. I waws thinking Swiss Military. Wasn't sure if they used Berdan priming. For years I have made 7.5x55 from 284 Winchester.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I should have said, " ...brass other than Norma or PPU." which are the only available brass here. I waws thinking Swiss Military. Wasn't sure if they used Berdan priming. For years I have made 7.5x55 from 284 Winchester.~Muir
    I've deprimed some berdan Swiss brass and reloaded it - no problem - excellent brass and usually free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari View Post
    So close to a 7 x 64 why bother? Remember the South African saying!

    David.
    Ah, it wouldn't be for me

    And not sure if it would be in a sporterised K31 or in a bolt action (Voere chamber it on request). Depends what you can shoot on Swiss ranges you see...

    (All stems from Dave thinking of getting a bolt action and the Frenchies lifting the majority of their military calibre restrictions. But Swiss ranges have some restrictions.. still a concept in progress but will keep you posted).

    Muir, any ideas on who makes ready rolled ammo for it?

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    Funny thing is that I do believe that I still have some new un-primed boxer brass for this cartridge somewhere.

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    "Muir, any ideas on who makes ready rolled ammo for it?" When we were last at the range wasn't there a chap shooting it on that straigh pull job so it must be available in Tobleroneland.

    David.

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