My 6.5x55 swede which is a Ruger M77 shot the them (the ELD-X) ok. It has a 1:8" twist in the barrel. I am not a fan of boat tail bullets though... as they usually tend to be less accurate and less sturdy than their flat based counterparts. The other thing is that the ELD is, it is not a bonded bullet. It's just a fancy tipped cup'n core bullet. I am not even sure it has the Hornady interlock ring in it.Seeing this post come up again makes me want to try the 142 Gr ABLR and or the 143 Gr Nosler ELDX in my Swedish Mauser. I'm getting 2775 FPS with Partitions and I don't think the additional two or three grains of bullet weight will be much of a factor. Are there any other Swede "aficionados" out there that have tried these new bullets? If so, how did they perform?
No... I never have. I shot the regular accubond, but there's nothing to say about it that hasn't been said. It shot well and is modern bonded bullet. The ELD shot around an inch a 100 yards. I never took an animal with it as I usually just use a partition in that rifle for hunting. I am with you. Manufacturers need to stop coming out with bullets that they claim are so much better than their competitors. Then when you really look at it, you realize they are nitpicking minutiae about other bullets that doesn't really matter. I think I am going to come out with a new bullet let me know what you think of my new marketing pitch:ChrisG, you know that we reloaders are always looking for more, i.e. more speed, more accuracy etc. I normally use the 140 Gr. Partition. Old man, old school rifle & caliber, old school bullet, I'm beginning to recognize a thyme here. Have you tried the 142 Gr. Nosler ABLR?
Nosler guy, I'm willing to split hairs with you. There are lots of African animals smaller than a Kudu for which a 6.5 is perfect. Although I wouldn't intentionally hunt Kudu with my 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser I certainly would not pass on a once in a lifetime Kudu standing perfectly broadside at under 100 yds. But again that is just me.
my 6.5 Creedmoor 142 grain Nosler AccuBond Long Range bullets. 143 grain Hornady ELD-X.
specifically designed to perform on game in the Creedmoor from right off the muzzle to half a mile away and more.
It's like quail plantations and 12 bores - strictly poor form. I have yet to have someone explain the difference to me between a 1 ounce load of 8's from a 20 and the same load from a 12.Find out how the PH/ Outfitter feels. You do not need the added pressure of your PH not trusting the caliber or insisting you use his rifle.
Prior to the current 6,5-mania many farmers wouldn't let me shoot Gemsbuck / Kudu with my 6,5x55 with a premium 140gr bullet, yet they would offer me the use of their .270s and cheap 130gr factory ammo.
I can see both sides of the argument. I've hunted plenty big antelope with a 6,5x55 & x57, yet if I had to imagine going on an expensive northern hemisphere hunt that included elk or caribou I'd probably go .30 caliber or bigger. Perhaps the power of the mind more than fact coming into play here
Shootist 43. I don't reload, but I read many of the posts you guys throw up. We have one esteemed member (no name) who I believe is constantly trying to get a 500 gr bullet up to 3300 FPS so he can tag a buffalo at 500 yards. So I guess your comment at least partially supports my belief!!!you know that we reloaders are always looking for more, i.e. more speed, more accuracy etc.
No, I don’t believe it. But I know today’s bullets are exponentially better than those that African reputations were built on by Ruark, Bell, Shelby, et al. I also know that I’ve killed more bull elk on public land with 6.5s and .277s in more impressive fashion than I did with .338 and .300 magnums. In fact, after shooting my fourth bull with a .338 Win Mag and Nosler Partitions, I sold the rifle because my 6.5x284, .270 Win and .270 Wby all seemed to kill elk faster. They were a helluva lot easier to practice with, too.Really?? and you believe that there really is a bullet that will perform as desired at the muzzle and at 1,000 yards away on something more than punching holes in paper or clanging the gong? I suppose they may have devised such a bullet, but I'll wait for the movie.
If eland was on the menu (it’s not), I’d probably take my .338 Federal shooting 160 or 185 TTSX. That thing is a hammer with those bullets and they leave two BIG holes.well having killed 6 elk with 100 gr barnes ttsx andtsx from 200 to 550 yrds and having 4 of those pass through all 1 shot kills I know what a barnes bullet is capable of out of a 25-06 BUT if I was spending the money for a African hunt I would dig into my gun cabnit and get the 300 win mag out and use my 168 gr ttsx bt bullets and feel like I had enough gun for kudu,eland zebra whatever and probly gain favor with my ph
That is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. There isn’t a lick of difference in performance on game between the two.Prior to the current 6,5-mania many farmers wouldn't let me shoot Gemsbuck / Kudu with my 6,5x55 with a premium 140gr bullet, yet they would offer me the use of their .270s and cheap 130gr factory ammo.