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Thread: Is 6,5x55 my caliber?

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    Is 6,5x55 my caliber?

    Hi, after having both caliber 243, 270, 308 I still really dont know which caliber to go for. I plan on buying a premium rifle lets say a Sauer. I dont want to buy the wrong caliber so this time I have to choose wisely.

    I want an all-round caliber. Im from Denmark and my hunting is 90% Roe deers and 10% Red or fallow deers.

    I have thought alot about getting a 6,5x55. In my opinion its pretty close to a 243w, but with the right bullet I can shoot red deer and fallow or wild boar in Sweden/Poland.

    I will not buy the 243W bacause here in Denmark its illegal for anything bigger than roe. Thats why I think of 6,5x55 as its bulletwight can get fairly close to a 243W.

    I know some of you will say Go buy a 308W 30-06 or 270w but in my honest opinion I think its too big when I said 90% of my hunting will be for roe.

    What do you think? Is the 6,5x55 the caliber for my situation?

    (sorry about wrong spelling im in a rush to go look at my weapons ;-) )

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    I'm sorry, but I don't think .308 is too big for roe, even if it's the only deer you ever intend shooting it is a perfect all rounder, and on the whole I don't subscribe to their being any such thing as too big, often far less meat damage is done by the heavier calibres, 243 and similar faster smaller rounds deliver far greater meat damage.
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    If it helps you decide, I have a Sauer 202 Outback (Synthetic/Alloy Receiver/Fluted Barrell) in 6.5x55. I have found the round very effective on Muntjac, Roe and Fallow. I don't shoot Red so I can't comment.

    I think that it wouldn't be enough for Wild Boar though. (For that and Moose I have a Sako 85 in 30-06 coming).

    regards


    Ian

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    Sako 75 Syn/St 6.5x55 with 140gr Hornady SSTs travelling at 2,660fps will drop most things - however, I'd probably borrow a .30cal for lowland reds personally. Great calibre though
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    I actually think the .308 is nicer to shoot than 6.5x55 but would be happy with either one of them if I didn't have both

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    If I should get a 6,5x55 I plan on using 120grains for roe and change to 156grains if im going to get invited for a hunt on fallow or red deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renico View Post
    If I should get a 6,5x55 I plan on using 120grains for roe and change to 156grains if im going to get invited for a hunt on fallow or red deer.
    That's a solid plan. Having played with both 120gr (Nosler BT) & 156gr (Lapua Mega) ammo, mine just prefers the 140gr out of a cold barrel so I trust it. I have 40 of the others in the safe, but will play with those out to 600yds for a laugh at some point.
    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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    Okay thank you. Its funny im just reading a caliber discussion in my local hunting magazine and did you know that the caliber 6,5x55 is the caliber who which have taken most Moose in the swedish history.

    Sako actually makes a 156grain bullet for 6,5x55 designed for moose hunting.

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    go with the swede, it's good for roe, fox, fallow and drops reds well. go straight for the 140g norma vulcan, use nothing else..trust me on this if you're ever going to do anything.

    venlig hilsen ;-)

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    Most of Europe requires min 10g bullet weight, so the 156gr ammo sneaks in at 10.1g!
    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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