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    6.5x55 barnes xxx bullets

    a friend of mine has offered to do a bit of reloading for my 6.5x55 swed
    he has suggested that i try the all copper bullet from barnesat about 130 or 120 grain

    has anybody tryed these before ?
    what bullets are you useing

    cheers
    steve

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    130 grain TSX for me all the british deer(except CWD ) including BIG lowland Red stags. Good bullet.

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    I've shot muntjac with the 130gr tsx in 6.5x55 and alot of things with the 130gr tsx in .308. Great bullets i dont use anything else.

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    One thing to be aware of is that all mono-metal bullets are longer than a lead core bullet of equal weight. If your rifle is a slow twist for caliber it may not stabilize them adequately. A heavy mono 6.5 round is more like a Javelin than a bullet!
    Do you use a military range to zero? If so mono metal bullets are not permitted. MS

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    i am able to zero my rifles in my back garden

    what twist is needed to stabilise these bullets

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    i am able to zero my rifles in my back garden

    what twist is needed to stabilise these bullets

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    use vit 160, play with loads from 36-44gr until you get your result. all rifles are diffrent.

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    Barnes mention 1in 9 twist rate in their No 4 reloading manual and the velocities relate to a 24" barrel.

    The twist rotates the bullet which stabilises it. The stability is related to the length of the bullet rather than the weight. Copper is approx 18 % lighter than lead therefore a copper bullet of the same weight and calibre is longer than a copper jacketed lead bullet. In round terms if you are shooting 130 grains jacketed bullets then you should drop down to 110 grain bullets in copper mono metal.

    For a much more detailed explanation search on GS custom bullets who give lots of info about mono bullets.

    Barnes recommend 39 - 43 grains IMR 4831 for the 130 grain TSX FB bullet giving velocities from 2349 to 2568 fps

    40.5 - 44.5 grains IMR 4831 for the 120 grain TSX BT giving velocities of2519 - 2744 fps

    43 - 47 grains IMR 4831 for the 110 grain BND SPIT giving velocities of 2668 to 2905 fps

    The 130 & 120 grain bullets are recommended for hunting , the 110 grain bullet is designated as varmint or target by Barnes.

    GS Custom only recommend their 110 grain HV bullet for hunting but suggest a velocity of 3100 fps.

    I don't shoot 6.5x55 but am happy to use GS Custom 130 grain HV bullet in my .308 - Very effective. GS bullets in short supply in this country at the moment however.

    Hope this helps

    Bob

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    Thanks for that bob

    had a look at gs customs

    3100 out of a 6.5 is more than any other bullet manufacture and powder makers suggest

    i remember a friend saying that the uk was not getting a good supply of there bullets

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