Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Rob404, May 6, 2013.
Thank you all for your input.
Keep it coming.
264 Win Mag and 6.5X55 are great calibers.
Cartridges. 6.5mm/.264 is a CALIBER. 6.5X55 and 264Win mag are CARTRIDGES. I am going to do some more testing on both soon. Otherwise anyone who wants my present data is welcome to it. I have a fair amount using Nosler, Barnes and Swift bullets.
I am interested in your load data
Thank you in advance
Send me an email and I will scan the info to you. Put 6.5X55 data in the subject line so I do not delete it as spam.
My email Dougs50cal@gmail.com
Do not underestimate the 127gr Barnes LRX. This bullet is outperforming my 140gr loads in 6.5 by a large margin.
my 6.5x55 never fails to amaze me . I took my 6.5 to the range today , I shoot a 156g @2550 fps
my 6.5 is so accurate and it is such a pleasure to shoot , I'm looking forward to taking a few Impala for the pot next year in our new hunting season .
I have a Ruger M77 in 6.5x55 that is currently having express sights and a barrel band sling swivel mounted on it... I handload a 140 grain Speer hot-cor for around here with 37.5 grains of Alliant RL17.
Load data is here -> http://www.alliantpowder.com/reload...gtypeid=2&weight=140&shellid=106&bulletid=116. I love this cartridge! It has the same heritage, and in my mind anyway, the same nostalgia as the 7x57, even though it was never adopted by a Rigby and dubbed the .256. Which I think would have been really awesome!
It isn't a "hotrod" round which is part of the reason I love it. It just cooks along at a mild 2,350 fps and shoots fantastic with so little recoil I would think I was shooting a centerfire .22. I use this load for whitetail deer when I don't want to lug the .375 up the mountain. This year however, I couldn't get a deer to walk in front of me while I was in the woods.
With a good bonded 140-160 grain bullet like a woodleigh protected point in front of the right powder, it should be good for 2150-2400 fps. I think it would probably be fine on any African plainsgame up to maybe 600 lbs, provided you are a good field shot and practice with it. Bigger if you have the skills of Bell. I have even read that the scandanavian artic explorers used to use old military M96's to hunt polar bear, which mind you are huge and don't take kindly to being shot at. They seemed to be fairly successful at it.
I shoot a lot of 6.5x55 at the range because it is so fun! I Especially like cast and gas-checked 170 grain FP's, which can be had here:http://www.gardnerscache.com/6_5mm_170_fp_g_c.html.
Loaded to 1550fps with trailboss powder, They kick like a .22 and hit like a .357. Best of luck and enjoy your 6.5! It is one of my favorite calibers... as you can no doubt tell by the length of my response.
You will not be sorry with the Vortex scope!!
Would you be willing to share any load data for this bullet? I'm just starting out handloading and picked up some of these bullets and some new Lapua brass. My rifle is a Tikka T3.
My best accuracy node was with 43.5gr of H4350, seated 0.060" off the lands.
Who knows what your gun will like, but I would start with about 40gr H4350 at 0.050" off the lands, and work up from there. All of my 6.5s LOVE H4350.
The 127gr LRX will out-penetrate a 140gr VLD. Don't underestimate this little bullet.
Many thanks, Desert Dog.
If you don't mind, what length barrel are you using with that load, and do you know what is the approximate muzzle velocity?
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