6.5x55 and a 1:9 barrel


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viking499
February 16, 2009, 03:33 PM
Does anybody know how light of a bullet you can shoot in the swede with a 1 in 9? Can you get under a 100 grain?

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NCsmitty
February 16, 2009, 05:32 PM
Yes, there's a couple 85gr, Berger and Sierra I think, and Speer has a 90gr. Go to Midway or Graff's to check it out.
I think Hodgdon lists loads for 85gr bullets.

NCsmitty

Waddison
February 16, 2009, 05:45 PM
Hodgdon does indeed list 85 gn Sierra hollow points in their 2009 Annual Manual.


Waddison

one eye joe
February 16, 2009, 05:50 PM
I suspect the 9" twist will work fine for any of the lighter bullets. The faster twist is needed to stabilie the long/heavy bullets. A .25-06 with a 10" twist works fine with bullets as light as 67 grains, so the 6.5 should do as well.

viking499
February 16, 2009, 05:59 PM
Anybody ever shot the lighter bullets or worked up any loads for them and had luck?

NCsmitty
February 16, 2009, 06:15 PM
I have some work up loads using the Hornady 100gr SP and H414 powder, waiting for warmer weather to try in my custom 98 Mauser. Expecting good things.

NCsmitty

deerhunter61
February 17, 2009, 08:47 AM
I worked up a couple of loads last week for 100 grain Nosler and 95 Grain Hornady V-Max. I shot them this past Saturday. They both held 5 shot groups of 1 1/2 inches at 100 yards. The Noslers were just a little better but not by much. I need to work on them some more. If you are interested I will find and post the powder grains. I used W760 powder and Federal Match 210 primers.

Horsemany
February 17, 2009, 10:40 AM
I believe 140's are the max weights for 9 twist 6.5's. At least I know that's the case with 260 Rem's. I'd try some 130 Berger or 120 anything else before shooting the extremely light/short bullets. Unless you're varminting or something.

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