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#11913223 - 03/20/17 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt  
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These are the bullets I have on hand

143 eld-x
130 accubond
142 lr accubond
140 hornady sp interlock

I know, I know,

140 partition, Barnes 120 or 130, so on and so on.

I will be useing only what I have on hand but I do not wish to hinder any rifle loonies from commenting on there favorite bullet or what has worked for them. πŸ˜€ Please just remember to pick a recommendation for myself if possible from the bullets I have listed. ☺

I'm leaning toward either the 140 hornady sp or the 130 accubond in that order. Shots will likely be in the under 200 yd range probably closer to 100.

Thank you kindly fellas



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#11913248 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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In the 140 grain range I would go with a bonded core bullet.

I have friends who use the 160 Gr RN from Hornady and had good luck with them, but that's not on your list

#11913254 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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From your list, I'd probably go 140 gr. NPT.

My Swede loves the 139 gr. Scenar.

Looking at Pat (Scenarshooter) photo album of critters, I'd have to say that bullet will kill stuff.

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#11913257 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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This is easy. the 140 Hornady first, then 130 Accubond.

#11913331 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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Whatever shoots the best from your rifle would be my choice. Not a real bad pick in the bunch.


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#11913384 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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Without a doubt the Hornady, it will work fantastic at Swede velocities.


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#11913467 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: CRS]  
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I am pushing the 130 gr AB in my Swede at about 2800. I must have some of the older ones,because they sure explode on antelope. I'd be warry of using on elk.I hear the new ones are tougher tough. That long AB sure matches that faster twist in the Swede though. Scary accurate.

Of the four you have, I'd go with the140 gr Hornady

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#11913703 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: saddlesore]  
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Thanks for all the replies. Its looking like I will try the 140 Hornady based on recommendations so far. I haven't worked up a load yet but its a tikka so really not to worried. I'm thinking about trying Reloader 26 and see what happens. I'd like to see 2800 ish if possible

I already have a 130 accubond load with reloader 17 that worked great on 3 deer last year. All three passed through and offside hole were maybe a little smaller than a quarter so I'm assuming I have the tougher 130 accubonds. If the Hornady bullet for some reason doesn't pan out I will give the 130 accubond a try. There loaded to 2925 fps




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#11913844 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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I've been mulling over a similar question for my 6.5 CM Montana. Wanting a tougher style of bullet for elk I decided to focus mainly on the 130gr AB, the 140gr AB, and the 127gr LRX. The 130gr AB didn't shoot that great in my rifle with H4350 and I can't get the LRX at my local SW, so I'm going to try loading the 140gr AB up with some of my newly acquired Reloder 16. Is there any reason you didn't look at the 140gr AB other than availability? The only elk I've shot was with a 140gr AB from a .270, and it worked well, so I figured the 140gr 6.5 AB might be a good option, but who knows.

My rifle really likes the 143gr ELDx both in factory guise, and in my handloads, but I'm afraid that if it's SST-like it might be a bit fragile for elk. I'd put one through a Muley or Speed Goat no problem though. What is the draw of the 140gr Hornady? Is it known as a fairly tough 6.5mm bullet?

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#11913870 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Gtscotty]  
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Gtscotty,

I picked up my 6.5 swede last year and when I got online I found the 130 accubonds were available but didn't find the 140 accubond. I new I was only going to be hunting deer so I went ahead with the 130.

My decision to look into the Hornady SP interlock bullets came from my reading a lot of comments claiming they perform much like a Nosler Partition. When I saw the Hornady 6.5 140s were on sale for $23 per box of 100 at midway I decided I didn't want to go a lifetime without giving such a well praised bullet a go and the price was right.πŸ˜€

I've already inquired awhile ago about the Hornady "SP" interlocks. This thread was to get a little more personal with the comparing of the 6.5 Hornady "SP" 140 for elk in particular. The replies were pretty much what I thought they would be but I wanted to be diligent non the less.

I've never taken an elk with a Hornady bullet so this is my chance to see what a well praised bullet will do. I've done my research and I'm confident it will end well....☺



Trystan

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#11914208 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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Choose any on your list and just plan on shooting the elk twice.......




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#11914588 - 03/20/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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I've used the 140g Interlock on deer from a 6.5x55, but not elk. I imagine if you place your shot well it will work as expected. But personally, if you already have a 130g Accubond clocked at 2,925 that's shown positive results on multiple deer... I think you're already where you need to be.

But elk season is a ways away and I wouldn't want to discourage a fellow reloader from tinkering with something new. wink

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#11914602 - 03/21/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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Took my elk this year with the 142 ABLR from my 264. First shot went through both shoulders. Had to give him a second one that nicked a twig and entered the ham, through the hip and stopped inside his left shoulder. What was left of the bullet weighed in a 59.9 gr.
Figured after traveling through about 4-5' of elk, that wasn't too bad.


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#11914702 - 03/21/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Bbear]  
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Originally Posted by Bbear
Took my elk this year with the 142 ABLR from my 264. First shot went through both shoulders. Had to give him a second one that nicked a twig and entered the ham, through the hip and stopped inside his left shoulder. What was left of the bullet weighed in a 59.9 gr.
Figured after traveling through about 4-5' of elk, that wasn't too bad.


Bbear,

As long as a bullet will penetrate shoulders I'm happy ☺

About how far away do you figure the elk was?



Trystan


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#11916983 - 03/21/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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Measured the carcass after it was down for good at 137.5 yards. Bullet went through the back of the blade of both shoulders. I was happy with the results.


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#11917065 - 03/21/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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I'll be using 127gr LRX.

When I posed a simialr question not too long ago, the 140 Interlock got a lot of votes. I also didnt have the LRX available at the time. If I didnt use that I took half a dozen deer this year with a 130gr Accubond, none of them took a step.

#11918031 - 03/22/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: warpig602]  
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Originally Posted by warpig602
I'll be using 127gr LRX.

When I posed a simialr question not too long ago, the 140 Interlock got a lot of votes. I also didnt have the LRX available at the time. If I didnt use that I took half a dozen deer this year with a 130gr Accubond, none of them took a step.


I took several deer last deer season with the 130 accubond and was pleased with the results. I have a suspicion I'd get a pass through on an elk useing the 130 accubond. I'm hoping to find the 140 Hornady in the hide on the offside of an elk this hunting season. I tend to subscribe to depositing all of the energy into the animal. Where I hunt elk however you have to shoot fast when you see them and who knows what angle the critter might be at. With the Barnes bullet worrying about angles is not as much of an issue. πŸ˜€



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#11918964 - 03/22/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: warpig602]  
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Originally Posted by warpig602
I'll be using 127gr LRX.

When I posed a simialr question not too long ago, the 140 Interlock got a lot of votes. I also didnt have the LRX available at the time. If I didnt use that I took half a dozen deer this year with a 130gr Accubond, none of them took a step.


I went to my local SW a few days ago to pick up some 140gr ABs, only to discover that they had just gotten in 3 boxes of the 127gr LRX. I picked up a box and will try pairing it with RL16. Alliant data shows a max for the 130gr TSX of 2,883 fps out of a 24" Creedmoor, so I'm hoping for a decent load at 2,850-ish fps out of my 22" barrel. I'm sure I'll wind up trying the 140gr AB a try as well, but with all the good things I've read about the 127gr LRX, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

#11920651 - 03/23/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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A couple of links to the penetration tests of various 6.5 bullets fired from a Swede done by BCSteve from way back when, hope this helps.
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/4769172/1
https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbth...s/4783400/Huge_.264_bullet_test_Part_Deu





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#11924465 - 03/24/17 Re: 6.5X55 swede bullet for elk hunt [Re: Trystan]  
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All the bullets you listed should work fine and dandy on elk...
Back when I didn't hunt big game many a moon ago, I put in for and received a coveted Michigan elk tag. To make a long story short, I took a huge bodied bull(no mountains to climb and corn fields to raid at night) with a Hornady Light Mag 139gr SP out of my .280 with a 26" barrel. The distance was only about 100yds. Bullet ended up under the offside hide.
The point of this is if a SCREAMING 139gr. bullet of .284 can easily punch through both lungs of an elk, ANY of those 6.5 bullets with a higher SD and at a more modest velocity should punch through better. I wouldn't hesitate to use my 6.5x55 for elk if I couldn't pull the bowstring back.

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Were I to use my Swede for elk, I'd have to go with my 140 gr partition load, it's very accurate and chronos just under 2800 fps, I'd want to keep my shots this side of 400 too.


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