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    6.5x55 and Varget

    Hi,

    I have two tubs of Varget that I wont be using with my .243ai anymore.

    I wanted to know if anyone has used or does use Varget with 6.5x55 loads?


    Thanks
    TotalNovice

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    TN, There are published loads for the 6.5x55 with Varget, and when I first started reloading for my Swede I did try some. I was kindly given some to try and found that it worked quite, but not very, well in my rifle. All three of my Swedes have preferred N160, although I have seen excellent results using Varget behind Nosler 120 BT's in someone elses rifle. Give it a go and try some of the published loads.

    ​Simon
    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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    I have just loaded some up as managed to get 8lb tub of Varget. Am doing some load development tomorrow with 120gn barnes ttsx. Powders are RL22, N160 and Varget.

    I'll post separately tomorrow to let you know how i got on.

    Andy

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    Thanks for he replies fella's.

    Andy that would be very much appreciated, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TotalNovice View Post
    Hi,

    I have two tubs of Varget that I wont be using with my .243ai anymore.

    I wanted to know if anyone has used or does use Varget with 6.5x55 loads?


    Thanks
    TotalNovice
    I use varget with 100gr siera soft point for roe,120gr nosler bt not so good.Ialso use it for 7-08 and 22.250.39.5gr with the 100gr this is not a top load but start load is about 36gr good luck Dave

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    I have just looked through my reloading notes and I had to slightly exceed the Lee book load to tighten my groups with 120g BT's using Varget. I had no pressure signs, but the groups I got were bettered by N-160. Varget worked best on some 100 varmint loads I had, better than any other powder I tried.

    But I soon got sick of having to load different rounds for different species and started to load just one round for everything. First I settled on 129gr Hornady SST's, but after some problems (blow ups and penciling) with the bullets I moved to the Nosler BT in 120gr. These have worked well on everything from large fallow bucks to muntjac, even foxes don't complain.

    However, there are some people I shoot with occassionally who do not like plastic tipped bullets and in deference to them I have bought some Nosler Partitions to try. I have them in both 125gr in .264" (for the sako 6.5x55) and 140g in 7mm (for the Heym 7x57).

    ​Simon
    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytie View Post

    However, there are some people I shoot with occassionally who do not like plastic tipped bullets and in deference to them I have bought some Nosler Partitions to try. I have them in both 125gr in .264" (for the sako 6.5x55) and 140g in 7mm (for the Heym 7x57).

    ​Simon
    Let me know how you like these. I found five dusty boxes of these -very old stock- on the shelf of the trading post a couple of months ago and brought them home. Haven't had the inclination to load them yet.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Let me know how you like these. I found five dusty boxes of these -very old stock- on the shelf of the trading post a couple of months ago and brought them home. Haven't had the inclination to load them yet.~Muir
    Muir,

    They were cheap weren't they? Weren't they? You're just doing it again to wind me up ;-)

    But yes, I will let you know how I get on.

    ​Simon
    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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    Thanks for the info fella's, I'll be picking your brains more often!

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    I use 33 grains of. Varget with 156 lapua mega. Not fast but shoots .5 MOA in Simon's old Blaser and kills pretty much anything. My Sauer is not convinced!

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