custom 6.5x55 swede


November 21, 2008, 02:13 PM
Guys just wanted to share pics of my custom built 6.5x55 swede that I had done about 3 years ago it has a #4 douglas contour barrel, Timney trigger set at 2 lbs free floated barrel action was trued and blue printed bedded the action boyds stock.

This was built on a swede 96 action I bought the rifle for $65.00 dollars the barrel was shot so decided to have this built around the action tell me what you all think.

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November 21, 2008, 02:17 PM
That's a good-looking gun. You did a very nice job with it.

November 21, 2008, 02:45 PM
Thanks Mike I really like it have only shot it a few times but need to take it to the range and see what she will really do.


November 21, 2008, 05:00 PM
Beautiful!!!! I LOVE the 6.5x55 Swede!! Now let's see how she shoots!

November 21, 2008, 05:08 PM
Lets see how she shoots

Barker45 will try to get it out this weekend and shoot her will post results if I do

Plank Road Farm
November 21, 2008, 05:18 PM
Absolutely beautiful!!!

I really like the six and a half caliber!!!

Hope she shoots as good as she looks.

I highly suspect she will.

November 21, 2008, 05:20 PM
I'd be very interested in seeing how she shoots as well, I have a similar project in mind. Awesome job!


What is the twist on that barrel?

November 21, 2008, 05:58 PM
I think you should tell US how it shoots... Looks great since you took on a beater and used the action to make a good looking shooter, with little to no history lost..

What kinds of bullets are you shooting? I know what the 6.5x55 case is, but I don't know what you chose for the rifling and what you choose to use as slugs.

Are you shooting the long round nose old fashtion traditional slugs apx 160 grains?

I ask because I do and like them well in a 6.5x54 MS, coming out of I think a M-93 action Mauser, a sort of similar case, but not quite.

Some day I might like to try something like this from a beaten K-98 or M-96, with no other values.

Recently I have been testing a long more pointed 140 grain slug which looks promising.

November 21, 2008, 06:24 PM
Very nice. How does she shoot? Any pics of targets?

November 21, 2008, 07:18 PM
guys thanks for all the replies well even though I have shot it I have yet to put her on paper so maybe this weekend I can do that.

As for twist rate it has a 1in 8 1/2 twist I have shot the 130 grain stuff out of it and have hit everything with them out to 200 yards so far, have some 140's and others I can't remember off hand but will look and let you all know.

I also have a 243 built on a 98 mauser action it has a Shilen barrel absolutely sweet trigger pretty nice piece of wood on it too nothing like the 6.5x55 but not bad either. Will post pics of this one also if interested in seeing it.


November 21, 2008, 08:08 PM
Nice stick, gunlover_06. Here is my 6.5x55 Match Rifle built with a Winchester M70 action, Obermeyer Barrel, and McMillan Prone Stock.

My barrel is also a 1-8.5" twist, and I think you will find it will stabilize the 139gr to 142gr Match bullets quite well.


November 21, 2008, 09:26 PM
Awesome! I love this thread! "tactical" 6.5x55s .......lots of cool points!!!! My Swedes are still in MILSURP and will stay that way becuase they can shoot but I have been thinking about a nice CZ in this classy caliber. :)

November 21, 2008, 09:54 PM
Like your rifle so how does it shoot?

November 21, 2008, 09:54 PM
I've always heard that the 6.5swede is pretty light recoil. Is that the Case?

November 21, 2008, 10:34 PM
Great looking rifle.

November 22, 2008, 12:58 AM
OP - WoW..

Nice bit of machinery you've got there..

November 22, 2008, 01:06 AM
MD_Willington thank you I was kind of hoping you all would enjoy seeing it and would like it also.

November 22, 2008, 01:20 AM
Wouldn't it be fun to show that beauty to the factory worker who originally made the rifle. :D


November 22, 2008, 09:39 AM
Like your rifle so how does it shoot?

Quite well. Have used it in 1,000 yard F Class Competition for the past 3 years, and it holds it's own against the other rifles on the firing line. In a modern and strong action, the 6.5x55 can be loaded to the same pressure as more modern cartridges are. My loads drive 139gr Lapua Scenars and 142gr Sierra MatchKings at well over 2900fps. Loaded like that, it only takes about 25MOA from a 100 yard zero to reach 1k.


November 22, 2008, 01:19 PM
Glad it shoots good for you I haven't got any where close that I can shoot that far but boy would I like to be able to there is a place close that I can shoot out to 700 to 800 yards going to have to try that and see how bad:D I do with her.


November 22, 2008, 01:25 PM
I like!

November 22, 2008, 01:31 PM
mr_trooper thank you:D

November 22, 2008, 02:51 PM
Wow, NICE!! I hope mine turns out as well. (Got it 10+ yrs ago, barrel already cut down, and bolt bent, mismatching everything).

PS: Is that an aftermarket bolt shroud? If so, which?

November 22, 2008, 03:11 PM
everything on the action is original except for the safety which is of the remington type and the bolt shroud which I can't remember what it is for sure sorry.


November 23, 2008, 12:34 AM
Real nice. Very impressive! I too customized (sporterized?) a M96, but a little different route. Mine started with a good barrel, so I kept it. I cut it to 22" and turned it down to featherweight dimensions. I cut off the old and welded on a new bolt handle. Then I fitted a M70 type swing saftey, added a Timney trigger. Finally, I converted it to cock on open. I replaced the floorplate latch with an extended one so I can open it with my finger, and finally I significantly "restyled" the triggergaurd. I put it in a McMillan stock that is of the pre-64 Win M70 pattern, added a 6x Leupold. I used a Redfield JR base and Redfield rings, and lastly engine turned the bolt. It shoots good enough to be my sheep rifle and has accounted for a Dall, a Stone, and a Rocky Mt. Bighorn, as well as a couple caribou and a Mt. Goat. I did everything myself and don't remember how much is in it, but not much, save for the stock. That little 6.5 M96 turns a lot of heads--and guides really like the non-magnum bang! I use 120 gr Barns XLC's, will go to Triple Shocks when they're gone. I've gotten all three sheep using the same case. My goal is to get a Grand Slam (if I ever draw a Desert Sheep tag) with that one case--then I'm going to get it gold plated (the case, not the M96).

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