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6.5x55 swede or 257 roberts?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Esox357, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Esox357

    Esox357

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    Which caliber would be better for deer hunting, keeping in mind finding a newly made firearm chambered for this round, recoil, ease of reloading, and finding availabe ammo? Thanks Esox357
     
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    According to most of your criteria the 6.5 Swede would be the way to go.
     

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    I've never fired a .257 Roberts.

    I love the 6.5 sweede.
     
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    The two are so similar that it comes down to personal preference. Both rounds can be found in new guns with little trouble, although .257 may have a little bit of an edge here.
     
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    You can go wrong with either round. I think what ever one you come across first and buy that one. Both rounds are not going to be avaiable every were, but if you reload you can really make em shine. Im thinking of getting either one of these, and start reloading for it. If I really had to choose I might just go with the 6.5x55 Swede.
     
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    After just looking though the Cablea's Shooting Catalog, I would go with the 6.5x55 Swede. The reasons are
    you can get 85 grain-156 grain bullets for the 6.5x55 Swede, compared to 75 grain-120 grain bullets for the .257 Roberts.

    You can find alot of loads for the Swede that are 140 grain, which would be pretty damn good for deer.
     
  7. jeager

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    I had a norwegian krag that was 6.5x.257 if you find it....

    get a modern rifle and search the www forums re: 6.5.

    there's a whole'nother can of nightcrawlers featuring the 6.5x284.

    J
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    For deer hunting either is just as good, there is so little difference between them for deer hunting you'll never notice any difference in effectiveness. If there is a possibility that heavier game may be on the menu the 6.5x55 can handle heavier bullets. But even then either caliber with premium bullets in their heaviest weights will handle just about anything in the lower 48 if the shooter can do their part.

    Good luck with your decision!

    Dave