Recommend a lightweight factory 6.5x55 round you have used

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RickoShay

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As it says on the tin.
Looking for a lightweight 6.5x55 round for Fox.
Currently using Federal 140gr Powershok.

Interested in both factory and reloads if you can help. Important you have actually used the ammunition, I too can search the net!
For a Sauer 202, moderated.

 

RickoShay

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Will look into that, I was hoping there might be a slightly cheaper brand that is a bit lighter (say sub 110gr).
 

I. Farticus

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I don't think you'll find a hunting round of less than 120gr. Lapua do a 100gr target round, and I think someone even goes as low as 93gr, but again statics only.

Nosler, Norma, Lapua & Hornady are probably the favoured manufacturers of 120gr. Don't think even PRVI do a hunting round less that 13xgr...

I have Nosler 120gr BTs and Hornady 140gr SSTs reloaded for me - yet to fire the 120s, but have day off to play with them in a couple of weeks to check accuracy out of my rifle.

Cheers
iain
 

ziggy

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for the fox ill be trying 95 grain vmax but its hard to find any load data for it if I find any info out ill let you know
 

RickoShay

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Thanks for the replies so far, am intrigued by the 95gr V-Max as sounds like a Fox round to me.

Likely to be reloading under the supervision of a very good friend who reloads many calibre's already.
 

Brithunter

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Not sure if the still do it but Norma made a 77 grain Soft point in 6.5x55 as well as the jagdmatch FMJ in the same weight.

Edit:-

Whoops brain fart the bullet weight of course is 77 grains and not 55 :oops:............................ I blame "Old Timers disease "
 
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charadam

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I am having some success with the Sierra 85g Varminter loaded over Tubal 3000. Will report further after my next range session.
 

Mr. Gain

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Not sure if the still do it but Norma made a 77 grain Soft point in 6.5x55 as well as the jagdmatch FMJ in the same weight."

No longer in their inventory, I believe.

I am having some success with the Sierra 85g Varminter loaded over Tubal 3000. Will report further after my next range session.

As well as the 85-grain Sierra HP, there's a 90-grain Speer TNT HP, a 95-grain Hornady V-Max, and a 100-grain Nosler BT, but the Sierra certainly looks like the place to start. I also look forward to hearing how you get on with this load.
 

Axe

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+1 on the Norma 120gr BT in 6.5x55 I have had good success with these. Never really had a problem with anything Norma make to be fair. You pay for what you get i suppose
 

MauserM03

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Exit wound on dog fox - Norma Nosler 120g BT.JPG Mr. Fox after 6.5x55mm Norma 120g BT. No disputing its effectiveness on Charlie. Pricey as a factory round but presumably you could load yourself for a fraction.
 

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bigoak

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IMG_1295_Large_.jpg Not a 6.6x55 but I have got a 260. Same dog different leg action really. Similar velocities anyway. For Fun, I got a box of 95 gn Vmaxs to run out of my 260 for use on foxes and wild dogs. I loaded up 10, checked how they shot and had 3 left to take out hunting with my normal 120 gn Taipan load.
Just lugged my own carcus up a steep hill and puffing and panting with the gun on my shoulder I spot a boar under a clump of lantana staring at me from 15 m. By the time I unsling my gun hes gone so I go straight through the hole in the Lantana and there is a sow and a group of suckers all hightailing.
I shot the sow in the shoulder with the Vmax, put her straight down and then legged it after the suckers, but I was too slow.
We took some meat of the sow. I was amazed how well this little Vmax worked. I wouldnt advocate it for use on hogs, but on this occasion it worked.
I pulled of a couple of long range shots on Varmints with the 2 remaining pills. Absolute dynamite.
Very accurate in my 260 as well.
 
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Jonher

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I'm getting great accuracy from the 85grain Sierra Varmint, loaded it to 1000m/s in my Tikka T3 Varmint and it's shooting 1/2 inch at 100 meters when I do my part.
 
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