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6.5x55 swede

Does anyone have an opinion on the 6.5x55 swede. I came across a model 96 that had been made in to what appears to be a very nice hunting rifle. It came with a decent monte carlo type stock and had been rebarreled with an "Ace" heavy barrel. It has a very smooth trigger, and came with an older Weaver K4 scope. Idon't know much about the scope (other than the crosshairs are extremely fine), and was thinking that it was not enough scope for the rifle.

I've always been interested in the 6.5x55 but honestly don't know alot about the round. I'm looking for any input from everyone with opinions about the caliber and what it's uses could be (hunting capability and ranges). Hopefully the rifle will work good for antelope and mullies. Think

Since the purchase I've bought a nice Leupold Vari X II 4-12x40. I've also bought a nice thumbhole laminate stock from Richards Micro Fit and have had it inletted and glass bedded the action. It looks really good. Big smile

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Its a proven "old timer" calibre, and despite on paper appearing undergunned has taken its share of moose in in Scandanavian crewed bush camps in the early years. (Though personally if I was becoming a serious moose hunter I'd get something else.) Ammunition availability might be iffy

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Again I don't know much about the caliber, but would tend to agree with you about wanting something a little more potent for moose. I've been told they can get pretty "crabby" when you get close to them.

I did find a pretty impressive selection of ammo at Midway USA's website. They have some Hornady, Winchester, Remington, and of course Norma to choose from. I was thinking about trying the Hornady, but I'm sure I will check them all out.

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The Swede is my absolute favourite calibre. It’s suitable for all European hunting even doe there are better calibres for moose and bear. I have a Sako AV topped with a Zeiss 3-12x56 and this combination is perfect. It is my first choice for al hunting except when I hunting moose together with my dog, then I use an old Husqvarna M94 in 9.3x57.

The M96 is the old military mechanism and is of some people seen like a weak one. Therefore it is recommended to keep the loadings below max, manufacturer ammo are in the limit. Even if it is old it is nice, reload smooth and put the bullets at the target.

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I finally received my rifle back from the gunsmith. It looks amazing and fit extremely well. Big smile

Now I need to try and find some scope bases for it. It already has weaver two piece bases on it, but I would really like to put some leupold standard two piece bases on it. The only problem is trying to match the hole patterns up because I don't want to have to re-drill and tap the receiver for the new bases. Anyone with some insight would be greatly appreciated.

The hole patterns are as follows: 0-3/4"-0 front and 0-5/8"-0.
The zeros represent the holes and the measurments were taken from inside openings. Brick Wall,)

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Presumably you mean you want to go from weaver to double or single dovetail. In that case you probably can get a weaver to dovetail converter. Another option that could be pretty strong (although I've not tried it personally) is to get a converter from weaver to ruger bases. Ruger bases/rings are pretty nice, if single/double dovetail is not an option.

There is nothing wrong with weaver mounts if you don't pound the hell out of your gun (i.e. scabbards and trees). Weaver mounts don't tend to look as slick as some of the other mounting options out there though.

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The holes made for your weaver mounts should be standard holes in order to fit those mounts so you should have no problem getting any mount you want unless the gunsmith customized the weaver mounts.

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Aside from ammo availablilty, I think the Swede, similar in size to the 7mm-08 and the 260 Rem. is virtually ideal as a whitetail deer cartridge.

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Does anyone have any input as to whether the caliber will work good on antelope or mule deer. I was planning on using the gun in WY this coming year, and have been told to expect to shoot 200-300 yards.

Also do you think that the caliber is to light for elk?

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I think it will be fine for antelope and mule deer but it is my opinion that it is on the light side for elk but would still work with the proper bullets and within normal shooting limits for the caliber.

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Should be fine for deer and antelope. I wouldn't consider it a great elk cartridge though and personally would not use it for elk hunting.

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