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Thread: Loading 6.5x55 with 140gr A-max

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    Loading 6.5x55 with 140gr A-max

    Ok so I'm going to have a go at reloading for my 6.5, I'm going the try the 140's, what primers do I want to be using?? I was planning on using N160 but I can't get hold of any so I'm now thing thinking ramshot hunter as this is more readily available than any of the American powders, has anyone got experience of this powder/bullet combination in the 6.5??
    Just to add I've not reloaded for this before so it'll be my first go so any help or advice appreciated

    Will

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    Use primers as per your reloading manual. Your manual is your bible. I'd recommend either the Nosler or Hornady manuals as a first manual purchase. I've found the 140 A-Max perform well on paper in my 260 Rem.

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    JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    Use primers as per your reloading manual. Your manual is your bible.
    +1

    V N550 is an alternative. You will only loose about 50fps. I had very good results in my 6.5x55 with 140gr SSTs. I'm sure there will be little difference with the A-Max. I'm about to try Ramshot Hunter but through a 270 not 6.5!

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    4831 and RL-22 are great powders in the 6.5x55 with 140-gr bullets, so you might want to try Ramshot Magnum.
    I have never used it, but the Ramshot manual says 49.8 to 51.6 grains is MAX with 140-gr bullets, depending on the bullet, giving 2,790 fps with 55,000 PSI.
    Their manual is free at a dealer or requesting online. Get one.

    47.0 grains would be the same as a consensus sweet load with RL-22.

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    Another option is N150 with the 120 grain A-Max. Very good in my 6.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by cambsman View Post
    Another option is N150 with the 120 grain A-Max. Very good in my 6.5
    +1 n150 works well especially in shorter barrels.

    BE

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    Talk to Mike Norris (Brock & Norris) who holds stock of TR powder.

    Powder - Brock and Norris

    Give yourself a half-hour if you call!
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    Also got a good round going with N150 and 140grain Hornady SP. did this because can't get N160 round here so my Nosler 140grain Partition not current,y an option.

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    44grains IMR4831 behind a 140 grain Hornady SP bullet (they do not have heads !!).

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    Well tried a few loads today using varget as I already had some, tried my local shops and no n140, n155 or n160.
    All groups where under 1" the best being 1/2", pleased with that considering it's the first time I've used the rifle properly!

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