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Thread: Recommended Ammo for howa1500 6.5x55

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    Recommended Ammo for howa1500 6.5x55

    I'm about to receive my new howa 1500 soon from my local rfd
    its a standard stainless barrel, moderator with bell/Carlson stock.
    What I'm needing to know is!
    Can anyone on here recommend a good factory round soft point for stalking that hopefully will group well?
    Then a good mate of mine is going to do some home loads for me too. So does anyone
    have any ideas as to what sort of home loads go well through these particular rifles/calibre.
    ie bullet weight, powder etc etc.
    Finally once I've had a little play with it from new I'm looking to have a few custom jobs done to it,
    Also what's modifications can anyone recommend in this area too.
    Thanks and any info gladly welcome.

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    Fusion 140gr SPs were cracking out of mine. I only stopped using them as I asked HPS-TR to reproduce the recipe in reloads, but that was with Speer SPs and they were hideous! I now have them reloading 140gr SSTs for me, and they are ridiculously good.

    Powder is 46.7 grains of N160, giving MV of 2,660fps from a 22 7/8" barrel

    If you need brass, I have 400 twice fired Federal for sale on here at £100 inc postage @£12.50, so that's under 22p per case...

    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    The 6.5 is such a great calibre and just seems to tolerate most loads well. Home loading is the way to true enlightenment though.
    as to factory loads mine liked Norma 120gr BT and shot these really well. Search on this site and you will see that some recommend PPU and find it shoots well. I would buy a box of the cheap stuff first and try it it may work well. Ppu brass is good to reload as well but you may find that ppu factory works out cheaper.


    ps. I'm not selling anything in the classified section!

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