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#4598462 - 11/15/10 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose
257STEW Offline
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Registered: 02/22/06
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Loc: northwest British Columbia
Any guesses or first hand info on how this bullet would work in this round? This bullet is the only reason I want some sort of 6.5. Also how does the x55 version stack up against the 6.5/06 in terms of velocity?
Does any one currently chamber the 6.5 rem mag?

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#4598824 - 11/15/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 257STEW]
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Registered: 08/13/03
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Loc: Alaska - N63º, W162º
The Swedes are usually twisted fast enough to handle these bullets just fine. The 160 Hornady seems to hold up well to Swede speeds as well. I have used this bullet on several caribou, only recovering one:



It was a(n unecessary) follow-up shot lengthwise which stopped it.
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#4599125 - 11/15/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: Klikitarik]
archer Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 132
Loc: Sunny Alaska
I think the old swede and the 160 grain roundnose are a perfect match for big game. It won't win any speed contests but it doesn't really need to. I get excellent accuracy with this round and get around 2,500 ft/sec. As it compares to the 6.5/06, the 6.5x55 is up to a couple hundred ft/sec slower. As for 6.5 Rem Mag Remington at one time chambered it in the 600? I think but can't think of any current producers. There's also the 6.5 -284 or the 260 to choose from too. For me, I'm with Kliktarik - the 6.5x55 works better than most give it credit for and would be my choice.

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#4599907 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: archer]
Biathlonman Offline
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Registered: 12/28/02
Posts: 3291
Loc: Kentucky
I've spent most of my time with the 160 Sierra and 156 Norma Alaska. Both have worked exceptionally well and I see no reason the Hornady won't also be excellent, I've got a couple of hundred in the basement

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#4600235 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 257STEW]
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/19/02
Posts: 17435
Loc: NE
About 20 years ago, I used a Winchester 70 FWT in 6.5x55 and 156 grain Norma factory ammo to kill several head of plains game in Botswana. All of the animals were dead after 1 shot and only the Eland stood around long enough to collect 3 bullets, all of which would have been individually fatal, just that Elands are big animals that take some killing before they'll admit to being headed for the wall and the kitchen. I can't see how the 160 grain Hornadys wouldn't work well, but I like a little more speed, so I mostly shoot 140 grain Partitions in my sporterized Swedish Mausers and Norwegian Krag.

Jeff

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#4600443 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 260Remguy]
65BR Offline
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Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 12647
Loc: NW Louisiana
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...rue#Post1481504

Scroll down to the table and compare. I'd say it'll do very well for what it's designed for, not a 400-500 yd bullet, but inside say 300, a VERY respectable job if you aim well!

Look at all the dimensions, not JUST penetration. Frontal area was one of the highest, combined w/great penetration, and good retention. Surely it has a strong chance of going thru whatever needed to get to vitals, and do a good amount of damage along it's course!

I have a box and want to compare to some Norma 155.9s of mine.
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#4601437 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 65BR]
257STEW Offline
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Registered: 02/22/06
Posts: 441
Loc: northwest British Columbia
Thanks for all the input guys. I remember when I was 16(long time ago) the old Canadian ammo firm called "Imperial" had a picture showing all their ammo in a line and one was a funny looking cartridge called 6.5x55. The bullet (160 gr)was almost as long as the case it was sticking out of. I always wanted one based on that photo,but bought all sorts of magnums. Now at 42 the smaller rounds have more shooting appeal to me than the magnums. A Tikka or Ruger in 6,5 would fit my collection nicely to say the least and be alot nicer to shoot then the magnums.
For 303 British fans I can remember buying 303 ammo loaded with 215 gr round nose bullets from Imperial. I wish they were still around.

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#4601578 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 257STEW]
Tonk Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 3090
Loc: Chicago, Ill.
I shoot Hornady 160 grain RN bullets (RL-22 powder) out of my .264/06 (6.5/06)
and it likes em a bunch. I shoot 3/4 to 1-inch groups most of the time from the bench with this load and it penetrates a ton. Velocity with this bullet is around 2700fps give or take a few feet.

I also use that Hornady 129 grain bullet and it shoots very good also. Velocity is close to 3000fps using H-4831 powder and groups are in the .650 to .885 range on a good day from the bench. However for coyotes, I have gone to the 100 grain bullet V-MAX (H-4350 powder) as shots are seldom over 200 yards. Velocity is 3300fps and it shoots .685-MOA.

We are working on the 140 grain bullet but haven't come up with a good accurate load as of yet with the Hornady SST or A-MAX bullet.



Edited by Tonk (11/16/10)
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#4601843 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: Tonk]
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Registered: 02/11/10
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Loc: Sunny Alaska
257STEW - Also check out the CZ line of rifles - they offer the Swede in both the 550 American and the 550 full stock. They are excellent rifles for the money.

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#4601854 - 11/16/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: archer]
257STEW Offline
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Registered: 02/22/06
Posts: 441
Loc: northwest British Columbia
Will do. the CZ is one rifle I would like. If they are the same $ a Tikka I think I would take the T3 first. However maybe the people here at the campfire can start a CZ vs. T3 debate and change my mind.LOL

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#4603841 - 11/17/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 257STEW]
65BR Offline
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Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 12647
Loc: NW Louisiana
Not owned a CZ, though respect them. The T3 no doubt has a slick action, crisp light trigger and a Sako bbl....and they SHOOT by all reports - esp. in 6.5x55, though heard good reports on the CZ as well.

T3s have a 1 in 8 twist, preferred for the longest of bullets. The CZ may have an 8.7" twist IIRC or close to that - not sure how they spin 160s. They may do fine, but don't know. The Ruger as the T3 also sports an 8 twist, and owners most often report sub moa.

If you wanted to treat yourself look at the Sako 85 Finnlight, and of course there is always a Steyr, Blaser, and others, but that gets to putting a hurt on your wallet all the more.

I can say if I had to live with ONE rifle, and planned to roll my own, I'd look really hard at that Finnlight, drop it into a McMillan Edge, and a good scope. Would do ALOT of things very well for my shooting and hunting.
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#4604771 - 11/17/10 Re: 6.5x55 using hornady 160 grain round nose [Re: 65BR]
Biathlonman Offline
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Registered: 12/28/02
Posts: 3291
Loc: Kentucky
I could easily hunt the rest of my days with a 6.5x55 and a good 156-160gr. bullet...

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