140g Accubond for 6.5x55 Swede?


August 1, 2009, 01:50 AM
Has anyone tried this combination for hunting? I just had some of these bullets delivered.... wow are they long. I'm afraid I might be compromising powder capacity with these bullets; wondering if someone has any experience with them. I thought I'd go with these over the 130 because of thier better BC and because our Swede tends to like 140g bullets.

This is for my son's Tikka in 6.5 Swede. I was planning on trying both RL22 and N160 with Lapua brass.

Thanks in advance!

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Will Fennell
August 1, 2009, 05:57 PM
I've used the 130 gr accubonds. They shoot great, and perform well on game. Used them last year in a Tikka on a couple of deer, and 2 wild hogs, and they always expanded, and always penetrated completely. I'm very pleased:)

Vern Humphrey
August 1, 2009, 06:22 PM
Check your throat dimensions. Surplus Swedish Mausers are throated for a 160 grain round nose bullet, and long bullets are an advantage. If your throat is short, though, you may have to seat those bullets deeply.

However, you can also load hotter than would be safe with the old '94 and '96 Mausers, and that will compensate for any loss in case capacity.

August 1, 2009, 06:52 PM
I have used the 140 accubond with rl22 with great success. I cant remember the powder charge, but they were pretty accurate.

August 1, 2009, 07:15 PM
Have used both RL22 and N160 in Lapua brass with 139-142gr bullets for 1,000 yard F Class competition. The N160 load was 47.4gr, and the RL22 load was 48.0gr. Suggest you start 1.5gr lower and work up to it.


Ol` Joe
August 1, 2009, 09:46 PM
I wouldn`t worry too much, I doubt it is longer then a 140 gr Hornady A-Max, and lots of Swede shooters are useing them without any problems. They are the same bullet as the 140 gr Ballistic Tip with a bonded core.

Float Pilot
August 2, 2009, 12:14 PM
They work great in my m/96 and m/38. Loaded long with 47 grains of RL-22 and a standard Federal Primer / WW brass.

August 20, 2009, 01:17 AM
I'm just getting around to looking at my Accubonds...... I have both 130g and 140g. With the 130g I am .019" off the lands if I load to max recommended COAL of 3.150". Do you know how far off of the lands you are when you are loading your 130 ABs, and what is your COAL?

With the 140 ABs COAL isn't an issue; I have to cram the bullet down to an OAL of 3.065 to achieve 0.009" off the lands. At that length the base of the bullet is flush or just below the level of the beginning of the shoulder. I don't think I am comfortable getting any longer than that.

For anyone who has shot the 140AB, I'd sure like to hear your experiences.

Float Pilot
August 20, 2009, 01:55 PM
I have loaded them in my m/96 and m/38. Loaded a little longer than 3 inches COL.
But I have not owned a TIKKA 6.5 yet and do not know how long the throat is...

I met a guy at the range that was shooting a TIKKA 6.5x55 and his handloads were much hotter than anything I would want to put into my 109 year old Swedes.
I was super impressed by the groups he was shooting. Those Tikka 6.5s are real tack-drivers.

I tried chamber seating 160 grain round nose Hornadys in my m/96. Using an empty brass I tried to see if the rifling would push the bullet back into a loose case mouth. My m/96 has such a long throat that the bullet barely touched the lands when the bullet was almost hanging all the way out of the case mouth.

August 20, 2009, 09:43 PM
Any one that shoots the Mauser 96 6.5x55 with the 45,000 pressure limit. This may cure any worries you have about the strength of the action.
I was shooting some PMC ammo 140 grain loads 2 of the first 5 completly blew out the primer. I unloaded them and have not bought anymore PMC ammo since. But now I load upto the primer being flattened a little and back off .5 grain and don't worry anymore.

Float Pilot
August 20, 2009, 11:57 PM
PMC does not even use the correct size case head...So primers blowing out may be more of an indication of excessive case stretch than high pressure.

August 21, 2009, 03:16 AM
I use 140 accubonds in m96 swed. mab barrel though, not original. bullet preforms great. very accurate out to 400 metres, about 5 inch group. have shot 17 red deer thru front sholders. deer sprung with back legs but bleed out with in 5 metres. 5 reds shot in head instant death no movement at all just dropped. also not much meat destruction. pigs up to 120 kilo shot in sholder instant disabling. 1 shot behind sholder ran 150 meter til bleed out. my fault. bullets punch a clean sizable hole thru animals, huge lose of blood was the cause of death i recon not bits missing. shot wild bull in neck as it was running past me. hit virtabrea went down, bit of shaking on bull death throws andon my part, but it didnt get up. put couple in just in case. i have lots of bigger guns but when i go hunting i take 6-5 x55. shot wild bull in between sholder blades as it was comming my way with head down. broke spine and found bullet at base of tail under bone. a nother one, same mo, found bullet in right rear hind quater. i trust my life to them regulary.

August 22, 2009, 12:24 AM
Are you using RL-22?

August 22, 2009, 12:25 AM

Where are you from and what sort of "wild bull" was it you shot with the 6.5x55 140gr Accubond? Just trying to get a mental picture of the size of the animal.

August 30, 2009, 08:30 AM
sorry for the delay out oc. australia mate. average 600, 800 kilos. use adi powers. bulls are scrubers that get away and you dont see them for years or breed in bush. brahman crosses mostly

August 30, 2009, 02:13 PM
yikes, and crikey!!! Brahmans can be very mean and aggressive Beasterds...
putting a 6.5 on one of them and dropping them? now that is quite impressive.
I knew the AB bullets had a great rep for penetration, but it sounds like they get some pretty good expansion as well...
Here in Texas, they breed a lot of Brahmans, and cross them with lots of diff types of cattle, mainly for size, and amount of meat. But the Brahmans that have even been handled since babies, when they get to be fully big boys, and are heading up a harem or their own herd, you are taking a big risk going anywhere near them.

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