??'s about 6.5 Swiss


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July 6, 2006, 09:03 PM
Met a shooting enthusiast while working on a mission trip to Gulfport Miss. He has a 6.5 Swiss that he just loves. Do not know anything about them other than seeing them advertised. Owners--how do they stack up against other calibers? Thanks 06

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BillinNH
July 6, 2006, 09:12 PM
Do you mean 6.5x55 Swedish or do you mean 7.5x55 Swiss?

Both are outstanding calibers. I've never heard of a 6.5 Swiss. But what the hell do I know?

Bill

Bullet Bob
July 6, 2006, 09:35 PM
Bill, probably more than me (not much of a feat, really), but I'm with you all the way on this one.

rangerruck
July 6, 2006, 10:01 PM
the 6.5 swiss , in my opinion, is the all around best cartridge ever made. Im sure there will be big debate in this, but you can use the 110 grns for fast zippy varmint work. or the 140's for long range work,plus you can hunt anything includign elk with these. wouldnt use for bears. very long round, really deflects the wind, the long range shooters are killing with this round at the 1000 yd lines.
Mild recoil, and a cheap cartridge, you can get milsurp or new made stuff at the guns shows here for 6 to 9 bucks a box. you can not only get milsurp rifles for it, but kimber, howa, and others sprterize these very nicely , taking the old carl Gustavs from swedish armories, and purtying them up nicely for about 300 bucks.

gunlover_06
July 7, 2006, 12:05 AM
i would assume he is asking about thee 6.5x55 sweede if so let me tell you about them i had one built around an 1896 sweedish mauser and i wouldn't take any amount of money for it sweetest gun i have ever shot very light recoil bullet design is second to none mine shoots .25 to .50 moa at hundred yards with no trouble at all LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT anyway thats my own opinion oh did i mention that I LOVE IT LOL..

Snowdog
July 7, 2006, 02:06 AM
I have a great amount of respect for both the 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser and 7.5x55 Swiss. I prefer target time with my M96 (6.5 Swede) over my K31 (7.5 Swiss) as the recoil is firmly planted in the"mild" catagory and the long 140gr 6.5 slugs have excellent downrange terminal ballistics thanks to a sweet BC.
I'm not recoil shy by any means, but I wonder why I should tolerate a hotter shoulder-thumper of a cartridge when the 6.5 does most jobs just fine.

Dr. Dickie
July 7, 2006, 06:56 AM
Just this 4th, I had a chance to shoot a friend's Swedish Mauser in 6.5mm. That was a sweet shooter for sure. My friend is completely sold on the Swedish Mausers and owns about 4 or 5. As nice as that shot, I just might get one myself some day (I also shot his Schmidt-Rubin, a real tack driver).

one-shot-one
July 7, 2006, 11:18 AM
folks that have actually owned and shot the 6.5x55 sweed will tell you anything bad about it.

Ol` Joe
July 7, 2006, 11:59 AM
I just have got my Mark X back from my smith with a new Hart barrel chambered for the 6.5x55. It`s the third rifle I`ve owned that takes this fine cartridge. This cartridge has been the choice of target and hunters for over 100 years now in Europe. The Swede has likely killed more moose then any other cartridge with their long 160 gr bullets, and I`ve heard the Swedes have used it on polar bear with excellent results over the years. I personally wouldn`t try that one though..:eek:
Between the Swede and the 260 Rem (Which is the same cartridge ballisticlly) I have shot 6 deer now. All have been one shot kills at ranges from 30 or so yd to around 100 yd with bullets of 129-140 grs. I`ve never recovered a bullet, including a 129 gr Hornady SP that went in just behind a shoulder hitting ribs and penitrated a lung, crop, liver and exited the rear off side ham, on a rakeing shot of ~ 50 yards. Penitration is one of this rounds biggest claims and it does do it.
Recoil is very light and bullets are available from 87gr varmint-160 gr moose stoppers. Nosler makes a 100 gr Partition that make a dandy long rang load for deer and goats, or kids round. The recoil would be very similar to a 243 with this bullet.

jefnvk
July 7, 2006, 04:56 PM
The only downside I see to the 6.5 Swede (And even more so to the 7.5 Swiss) is ammo availability. Lately, though, I have noticed a lot more 6.5 available. Even seen it at Meijers the other day.

6.5 Swede is all I use for hunting. If the Swedes still use it for Moose, I figure it'll do for anything until I head to Alaska or Africa. Probably even work for most stuff in Alaska.

Surplussoldier
July 9, 2006, 10:35 AM
You know, the real irony is that in Canada, Swedish Mausers can be picked up for $250 CDN in VG condition and are avaliable, but 6.5X55 ammo is $2/round in some places because import regulations forbid most brands. So while you Yanks talk about how cheap 6.5X55 is, I have a near-perfect 1896 but I can't afford to shoot it. I will have to reload, though that is only a band-aid for the lack of fresh ammo.

NavajoNPaleFace
July 9, 2006, 03:46 PM
quote by jefnvk "The only downside I see to the 6.5 Swede (And even more so to the 7.5 Swiss) is ammo availability. Lately, though, I have noticed a lot more 6.5 available. Even seen it at Meijers the other day.

6.5 Swede is all I use for hunting. If the Swedes still use it for Moose, I figure it'll do for anything until I head to Alaska or Africa. Probably even work for most stuff in Alaska."

Not a problem. I reload and I have lots of 6.5 ammo (and 7.5 Swiss).

Simple solution, actually.

Charles S
July 9, 2006, 04:32 PM
the 6.5 swiss , in my opinion, is the all around best cartridge ever made. Im sure there will be big debate in this, but you can use the 110 grns for fast zippy varmint work. or the 140's for long range work,plus you can hunt anything includign elk with these. wouldnt use for bears. very long round, really deflects the wind, the long range shooters are killing with this round at the 1000 yd lines.

Excellent assement.

I have a 6.5X55 in a Thompson Center Encore Barrel (Hart) that I love. Accurate, flat, low concussion, low recoil and kills like my 270. I absolutely love the caliber.

I am considering building a custom bolt in this caliber next.

Charles

evan price
July 10, 2006, 06:37 AM
I have a Husqvarna Gevar M38 bentbolt Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 and I would not sell it for any amount of money that it would be "worth" on the used market. Found it by accident on the rack at a gun store that was closing down. Sure none of the numbers match. It just sort of jumped into my arms & I wasn't even looking for a rifle that day. Sure it is not an "original" sling it is an SKS sling I stuck on it. And the flash hider is something not original. And it is not in 100% A1 condition. But I have to say I enjoy shooting it all day, the trajectory is FLAT and the gun feels so nice in your hands when you shoot it. The bullet is about a perfect size and weight.
If I were ever to reload it would be to reload the 6.5x55 since it is not cheap. I have about 100 once-fired PMC brass. Ammoman has Wolf Gold 10 boxes of 20 for $100; anyone know of a better deal? I prefer the soft nose personally.

My Turkish 8mm Mauser on the other hand pounds the crap out of me when I shoot it and needs to be manhandled to function correctly. Makes me appreciate the Swede all the more.

BrainOnSigs
July 11, 2006, 07:06 PM
I love my Cooper Phoenix Model 22 in 6.5x55mm Swede. It is topped with a Leupold 8.5-25x50mm Long Range Target scope. I recently shot a 3" group at 600 yards and a .196" group at 100 yards using factory ammo. A 139 gr Scenar bullet and Lapua brass handload is in the works. Very accurate, very soft shooter with a fantastic ballistic coeffcient.

http://pic18.picturetrail.com/VOL875/3165911/8282895/132645510.jpg

rangerruck
July 11, 2006, 10:17 PM
brain: that is some excellent 6.5 porn.

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