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    6.5x55 - 25.06

    For the Novice Reloader are either the 6.5x55 or 25.06 particularly difficult to Reload for?
    Is one easier or more forgiving than the other regarding choice of Bullets, Powder etc.
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    Not loaded for either, but can't see any problems with either of them.
    Both are established rounds and plenty of data for either of them in just about any load book.

    Neil.

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    Both are easy, neither being more difficult than the other...but there are one or two points that 'help' the 6.5x55 over the .25-06
    1. 6.5x55 probably a larger UK available bullet selection. 2. shorter action/case length make achieving caseneck/bullet concentricity easier to achieve.

    However, my own preference is for the .25-06 and mine's never let me down....I don't suppose a 6.5x55SE would either. Good luck. ATB
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    6.5x55 is very easy. Lots of choice of bullets and powders. As always, start low and work up. No need to go for max velocities. I find N150 and N160 Viht powders work well and are easy to get in the uk. A-Max and Lapua Scenars work well for me for target work and Hornady SP or Nosler Partions for deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeangeo View Post
    2. shorter action/case length
    Same action (IV) in Sako 75, but this is me nit picking... Both cracking rounds, so toss a coin
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeangeo View Post
    Both are easy, neither being more difficult than the other...but there are one or two points that 'help' the 6.5x55 over the .25-06
    1. 6.5x55 probably a larger UK available bullet selection. 2. shorter action/case length make achieving caseneck/bullet concentricity easier to achieve.

    However, my own preference is for the .25-06 and mine's never let me down....I don't suppose a 6.5x55SE would either. Good luck. ATB
    Must agree as a 25-06 user, the availability of bullets is generally not as good as 6.5. 6.5 will also allow heavier bullets to be used. Up to 140gn rather than the 120gn of 25-06. Both do the job though!

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