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Thread: What do you like about your 6.5x55?

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    What do you like about your 6.5x55?

    As above. From a ballistics point of view. What do you like about your 6.5x55. I've been using on for Roe for the past 4 months. It seems pretty easy to reload for and I get good accuracy from the rifle ammo combo. Kills well with the 140gr SSTs I'm using (a little too well). Still undecided about the caliber though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleberry270 View Post
    As above. From a ballistics point of view. What do you like about your 6.5x55. I've been using on for Roe for the past 4 months. It seems pretty easy to reload for and I get good accuracy from the rifle ammo combo. Kills well with the 140gr SSTs I'm using (a little too well). Still undecided about the caliber though.
    had mine for a few years and wont ever get rid of, recently loaded up some 120's for fox shooting, noticeable flatter trajectory than the 140's does the job well, most of all the recoil is much softer which is a bonus

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    Heavy and slow - 140gr SSTs travelling at 2,660fps MV have yet to let me down...

    I had a .243, but wanted the one calibre to do everything, and decided (rightly, or wrongly - but that's been covered MANY times elsewhere on here!!) on the x55.

    I've tried Nosler 120gr BT (2 clicks high @ 100yds), and Lapua Mega 155gr SP (1 click low @ 100yds) but the 140gr SST is just SO consistent in my rifle, that's my one round for everything.

    I have spent many a happy hour at the range getting to know the rifle and ammo combo from 100 out to 600yds, so that I have the drop data for my scope (blobs and lines on the Swaro) and also the physical "s, that I'm confident taking anything out to around 200yds (on a good day, "downhill with wind behind me", with no worries in my life and zero caffeine, I can v-bull at 600yds, but 200 is my personal max on live quarry).

    Every easily available calibre from .243 to .308 will do exactly the same thing though, so it's very much personal choice, and I'm happy with the rifle/ammo/recoil/ballistics/etc package, and can't see myself ever changing...
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    I have been using 6.5 x 55 for the last 3 years, before that a combination of .243 or 270. I have found it to be very easy to load and use it for both stalking and foxing, although I still have the .243 set up for long range foxing or fun it is too heavy for stalking. I have settled on horandy interlock 129 grains and quite easy have the same group at 100 yard as I do at 200. I have also found it to cause less meat damage than either the .243 or the 270 it leaves a good channel and exit while not destroying surrounding area, is this down to bullet choice?
    On foxes it seems to work well, instant and clean I have yet to have a runner. Recoil is nice and makes it easy to shoot, i haven shot it out past 300y yet as I don’t take shots that far maybe ill do that soon just to see, that is if the weather gods do their part.

    charlie 1

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    Owned the same Sweed for 20 years killed Roe, Red, Sika, Fallow the only thing I dont use it for is big Scottish wooland stags in very narrow rides when you need to flatten them the I use 180's out of my 06.
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    Most precise and accurate and interesting calibre I have loaded for in 40+ years.
    "Nonsense! They couldn't hit an elephant at this dista.....................".

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    It's a joy to shoot; accurate, reliable, powerful and smooth recoil.
    Have a 202 that particularly likes 140gr Fed PShok straight out of the factory (sub MOA for those that like that sort of info).
    Wallops the deer species, although am loading some 95gr V-Max for Fox. No smugness about 6.5x55, spent years shooting .308 and .223.
    "There comes in the dead of night a hand of cold steel that plucks the German sentries from their posts"
    WSC 1942

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    I had one years ago after shooting Beaver, Roe and Fallow with a borrowed one in Sweden.
    A good rifle and cartridge but not for me as being a re-loader the 6.5mm projectiles were difficult to source.
    The .30/06 and .308 were more user friendly and every bit as efficient.

    HWH.

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    Accurate and easy to shoot. Number 1 target round in Scandinavia, hundreds of thousands shot each season.

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