6.5X55

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  1. mc1911

    mc1911

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    I have been looking into this cartridge. Opinions seem to vary from it being a Scandinavian 30-30 to a high sectional density super round.

    To me seems like a bit of an odd ball round more like a 257 Roberts bigger brother.
    With the recent 6.5 trend, I thought it would be a neat round for which to experiment.

    Any thoughts or experiences to share? Thanks.
     
  2. George Kaplan

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    Ask in the reloading forum; heck, anywhere but here. Caliber Corner is useless. It's been taken over by energy freaks and there is no moderation. Ask about the .357 SIG and your "likes" count will go up by a thousand and you will make a bunch of new friends.

    I'll bet a steak dinner most of the regulars here would have to Google what the Roberts is.
     
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  3. geo57

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    The 6.5 SM has long ben revered for it's inherit accuracy. I personally don't see the connection between it and a 30-30 Win. The .257 Roberts is a fine round in it's own right and beloved by old time varmint hunters and medium game hunters alike. I first became aware of it in the early 1970's because a teammate's father owned and used a Win. Model 70 in .257 Roberts.
     
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  4. BigBluefish

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    It's a good round. More like a 7mm Mauser than a .30-30, which means it's much more versatile. It will also handle bullets up to 156 grains, which takes it well out of .257 Roberts territory.

    Generally, accuracy is very good and recoil is very mild. I'm neither a reloader nor target shooter, but a casual deer hunter. It seems to me to be just about the perfect cartridge for whitetails.
     
  5. geodan

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    Excellent round, but the case length makes it iffy for short actions. 260 Remington is 308 necked down, and may be easier to work with while providing same ballistics. Either will excel for taking game smaller than large bears.
     
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  6. GlockinStihl

    GlockinStihl Glocked out, have a new SIGness!

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    The 6.5x55 is far from an odd ball! It's still one of the most popular hunting rounds in the world, especially in Africa and Europe. Its definitely been around a lot longer than any of the "Fad" rounds like the 6.5 PRC, 6.5 Creedmoor, and the 6.5 Wby RPM.

    It's a fantastic cartridge that's easy to handload for, it's very efficient on powder, has plenty of power for anything except the things that bite back, and cheap to buy factory rounds for. If you aren't looking for the latest, greatest, whizz bang super rounds, the old Swede will make you very happy!

    Myself personally, I'd rather have one of the .284's, and in the power range we're talking about, I'd go with the 7mm-08. It is THE finest deer cartridge made, and it mimics the 7x57, which is another old, fine, Mauser cartridge.

    As mentioned above my post, the .260 Remington has similar ballistics in a case (.308 Win, .243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, .338 Fed, .358 Win) you can pick up at almost any range.
     
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  7. MedicineBow

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    In a modern rifle with an intermediate or long action magazine box, the 6.5X55 can do anything you want a rifle to do. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for anything other than, maybe, giant Alaskan bears. It is very accurate with mild recoil, and handles light to heavy bullets well. Because factory ammo generally is watered down to work in 100+ year old milsurps, it is a handloading proposition only. Of course, there are a lot of great calibers out there, so you have to like to tinker with guns and ammo to bother with the 6.5x55. The two we have were gifts from a friend, which made it easier to get into the caliber.
     
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  8. MurrayNevada

    MurrayNevada USMC (MOS 0369) (RVN 69-70)

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    An interesting looking cartridge.
    6.5x55SE.jpg
     
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  9. mc1911

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    Some think the 6.5 is the all purpose round in Scandinavia like the 30-30 was for years over here.
     
  10. mc1911

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    I like tinkering.
     
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    The 6.5 Creedmoor duplicates the ballistics of the 6.5 swede and is available in a lot more rifles.

    However, CZ makes a nice 6.5 Swede rifle, and if you reload you can improve the accuracy and the ballistics by seating the bullet further out so that it's closer to the lands. But if you're not a reloader the Creedmoor is a better choice and ammo is cheaper and more readily available.

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/107733
     
  12. GlockinStihl

    GlockinStihl Glocked out, have a new SIGness!

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    Not me, I'd rather have a .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag, or a .375 H&H.
     
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    If you reload, a 375 H&H or 375 Ruger can be dialed down to 38-55 ballistics and make a nice deer rifle.
     
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  14. GlockinStihl

    GlockinStihl Glocked out, have a new SIGness!

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    Yes sir! They are actually a lot of fun to shoot.
     
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    Like many older rds, it works best handloaded on a modern rifle. I like the 6.5 as a hunting rig upto 400# animals or so. Might be the perfect deer & hog rd.
     
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    Totally get that. My hunting rigs are pretty eclectic:
    280
    7mm Dakota
    338-06
    338x74K
    404 jeffery
     
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    Closer to the old 06 loadings than a 30-30 though.
     
  18. mc1911

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    They were thinking uses vs ballistics.
     
  19. CanyonMan

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    Some years back, I had a very sweet Ruger in 6.5x55. Excellent accuracy, and (to me) soft shooting. Great cartridge to hand load. A great cartridge for deer, antelope, black bear. But, like an idiot, I sold it to fund another project, but at least kept ALL the cases, components, etc, for hand loading.

    There is not much I would be afraid to hunt with this cartridge. The larger grizz and browns, would be the exception. Although my go to for everything I hunt, (in a 'bolt action') is a 7mm rem mag, I am on the look out for another 6.5x55, in a Ruger . I think this cartridge has been underestimated in the USA, more than it should be at least. The Europeans have long understood the versatility of this round.

    Hope to find another 'older Ruger,' chambered in this again...

    If ya got one keep it !






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    The m70 was made in 6.5 for awhile, also a hood choice. Much like a 270 but the 270 is so boring.:cheers:
     
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