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6.5x55 swede loads....

I just got a Tikka, in 6.5 swede... I would like to use the rifle in Wyoming in a month or so... It has a twist rate of 8... to 1, where should I start with loading for this, I have a bunch of factory 139, and 140 gr. loads, I Have not fired the rifle yet. Also, what is suggested for breaking in the rifle..??? Bob

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I can't speak from experience but after reading the article in the attached link, I'd be loading some 140s. I really like the low recoil this rifle produces, anyways here's the link.

Good Luck

http://www.chuckhawks.com/sensible_cartridges.htm

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Mine is a model 70 and it also has a 1-8 barrel. All I have shot in it is 129gr Hornady's which shoot very well, some 140gr Speer Hot cores that shot very well and now I'm settled in with 140gr Hornadys.

Those 140 gr loads will probably work fine. I'd guess somewhere around 2600fps and will penetrate a train! The last two elk I shot were with a 140gr Hornady from my 6.5-06, good bullet's. What brands do you have? Probably the most important thing is the bullet weight. I haven't gone under 129gr nor over 140gr in my 6.5x55.

Do you plan on reloading for your rifle?

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I'm sorry, forgot to welcome you. welcome! Also noticed you said start loading. So I guess you are going to reload it.

Mine like the bullets I mentioned above and slow powders. The 129's shot reaklly well with H450 and standard primers. The 140 gr bullets liked H4831SC and RL22 the best. The load I settled on is with RL22. No data in the Hornady book so I worked it up from the Nosler book. Got that sutff for my 25-06 and I have no idea what people are raving about with it. But it works great in the 6.5x55. I also tried IMR 4350 but there's nothing there to brag about.

For primers, I've had really good luck with old Herter 120 primers. You can't get them anymore but I have about 15k on hand. Just went and looked and inthe 140gr Hornady load I'm using WLR with RL22 and the 140gr Hornady.

Your gonna love your 6.5x55! I'm on my third. Thumbs up

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I have some Hornady interlock 140 sp.....Winch. 140 soft point...and some "prvi-partizan" ( made in Serbia) 139gr soft points..... I plan on using the brass from these for handloads... I just got the rifle, so far I don't have a scope on it yet, will shop for one tomorrow. I am thinking of a straight 6x, or a mid-size variable....This will be my 4th Tikka... all have been great shooters... Thanks for the input.. Bob

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..Update... Just got back from the range, Serb ammo shot 1.5".... WW 140's shot 1"..... Hornady-frontier 140's 1.25".... I cleaned with every shot while sighting in, (about 10 rounds..) and then cleaned between groups.. I noticed the rifle does not like to be clean and oily, first shot of each group was off a bit, the last 2 of each (3 shot @) group were almost touching... will try a 'fouling' shot in the future...thanks to all for the interest and support... Bob

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Ardeekay wrote:
"I noticed the rifle does not like to be clean and oily".... Clean is not the problem "oily is".
Any chance that first shot is going High and to The Right ?

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Hi... I was gone for a while, ..yes, the Rifle shoots the first shot up,...and right... then settles down for the next shots... Will oil in the Bbl. cause this?? I have notice this "flyer" effect in other rifles while trying to work up a load.. Bob

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I am really prejudiced for Hornady bullet's, they are all I've hunted with for many years. But If there is another bullet that oytperforms it, go for it. I would caution tho that a 1/4" larger group in a hunting rifle means nothing. Not sure where you'll find bulk win bullets but I think cabelas sell's rem core locks and Midway used to. Hard to knock a core lock.

For a scope, if your goint to go with a straight power My favorite is an old 2 3/4x and a 1-4x that I've had for over 30 yrs. I'd look for something today of no more than 4x ans I thinf you can find a 1 1/2-5x. I think I saw one somewhere. The problem with a straight 6x is reduced field of view on closer shooting and a 6x is a larger scope than the 4x or the low variables. If 6x is what you really want, I'd look at some of the 2-7x variables. In the older scope's they were actually a bit smaller than straight 6x's for some reason. many people over scope their rifles thinking of the long shot. The truth is that a 2 3/4x gives enough magnification for over 95% of normal game shooting and gathers much more light for shooting in dim light conditions. Go look thru a few somewhere and you'll see what I mean. My 25-06 has a 3-9x scope but when I hunted with it, it was always on 3x. when I was working up loads it never went over 6x. 7,8 &9 power are all new and unused! Big smile But it does look good sitting on the rifle1

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Re: 6.5x55 swede loads....
Ardeekay wrote:
I just got a Tikka, in 6.5 swede... I would like to use the rifle in Wyoming in a month or so... It has a twist rate of 8... to 1, where should I start with loading for this, I have a bunch of factory 139, and 140 gr. loads, I Have not fired the rifle yet. Also, what is suggested for breaking in the rifle..??? Bob

Hello from Germany!

Here the 6,5x55 Swedish Mauser is a very common game cartridge. Normally the 140 grs bullets are used but the 139 grs will also work fine. Because the cal. likes more slow propellants I would recommend some N 160 from Kemira, but you can also have atry with the N 140, 35 grs as a starting load will work fine, then rise the load in 2 grs steps up to 42 grs. With the 6,5x55 you can take any game except bear. In Sweden it is used as main cartridge for moose.

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Kirrmeister

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Welcome to the site. I spent three years in Germany, 1967 to 1970. m ade one trip to Bavaria and loved it. I'm gonna spell this wrong, Konninsee Lake was beautiful.

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