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6.5 x 55 Swede

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sdj, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    Several years ago I bought my son a 6.5 Swede for his birthday present. I reloaded for it, found out what it could do, and got the itch to get one for myself. Only one hitch in that idea though, I shoot from the left shoulder, and it's extremely hard to find an LHB in 6.5 Swede. Not impossible, Mauser G3 and Blaser are imported, plus there are a very few M-S guns in the country. But by the time you pay that premium you might as well build a custom gun. Which is what I did.

    I had the barrel reamed for Winchester brass, 140 gr Sierra Gameking bullet. The best three-shot group I've ever gotten is a .261" at 100 yards, but it'll consistently shoot sub-.500". This is a hunting gun with a 20" barrel, not a bench gun. The scope is a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10X mil-dot, number 43 reticle.

    I'm a happy camper.

  2. vaupet

    vaupet Well-Known Member

    @ cb : pictures please

    I have a unique alpine tpg1 in 6.5x55 on order, should be delivered around may
    I plan to equip it with Smidt & Bender pm II 3-20 x 50 with a p4f reticle

    I choose 6.5x55 because the longest range in Belgium is 600 meters so the 6.5 will do fine, and 300 wm or heavier aren't aloud at 75% of the shooting ranges.

    The caliber is very available at the same price as 308, 7.5, 30-30 etc
  3. ExAgoradzo

    ExAgoradzo Well-Known Member

    If you order the Sako order rings/bases immediately, otherwise you'll have the most beautiful gun in your safe for a month and you can't shoot it!!! It is aggravating! Ask me, I know!!!
  4. 303tom

    303tom member

    Look at post # 20, that is a good military surplus swede..............
  5. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I'd love to, the pics have been taken, they're in the computer, but transferring them to a website remains beyond the ability of the programmers to make it easy enough for me to do. In other words, since the process is not absolutely self-evident, I'm waiting on that stupendous pool of mental ability to get it to the point that I don't have to jump through esoteric hoops to do so. Or, to put it another way, my admiration for programmers knows some bounds.

  6. pharmdon

    pharmdon New Member

    Been recreationally shooting for years, but still a hunting novice when I did alot of reading and picked up a used Steyr Mountain rifle chambered in 6.5x55 this past year before a hunting trip. I have been very pleased with my choice. Accurate, easy shooter, with enough power to do whatever I need it to here in the Southeast. Was able to bag a whitetail, boar and a bobcat with the Swede. Love this round.[​IMG]
  7. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    ExAgoradzo - I used Leupold rings on my Finnlight with excellent results.....
  8. Paul7

    Paul7 Well-Known Member

    Nice pig, how much did he weigh and how did he react when the 6.5 hit him?
  9. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    I regularly shoot my 6.5X55 Swede at longer ranges. Not for target shooting or hunting, but rather to see if I can hit things that are waay out there.

    The old girl was made in 1917 and still shoots great.
  10. 6.5swede

    6.5swede Well-Known Member

    Not much to add based on the good advice you've received on the Swede. It's a very well balanced cartridge and perfect for the majority of hunting that I do which is deer, hogs, predators in the southeast where 98% of shots are <200yds. Good advice on the american ammo except the Nosler trophy Grade 140gr NAB which is loaded hotter and has performed well for me. Norma and Lapua make/made good ammo and the brass is top notch. Norma used to load a 140gr nosler partition, 120gr Ballistic tip, and 156gr Oryx which were all excellent factory fodder options for the swede. I scored a few cases when they went on close out. It's hard to find a bad 6.5mm hunting bullet. You'll really enjoy this cartridge! I'm currently up to 6 rifles in either 6.5x55 or 260. Kinda partial to Sako, Tikka, and Winchester.

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  11. 6.5swede

    6.5swede Well-Known Member

    I'll post a few representative 3 shot groups at 100yds just to give you an idea of how accurate these 6.5's can be. The first pic from top to bottom is a T3 (BLK) shooting 140gr NAB's, 2nd is a T3 (GRY) shooting 140gr NBT's, 3rd T3 (wood/SS) shooting 120gr NBT's, and 4th a Sako 85 260 shooting 120gr TTSX's. The other 2 are Win 70's shooting 140gr NPT's or 125 gr NPT's.

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  12. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    It won't let me repost the picture but my little featherweight 6.5x55 is capable of some impressive one hole groups even with budget hunting bullets :) I love it when my spotter thinks I only hit the target once! Tried a few "match" loads but my Tikka like regular ol Hornady SSTs and Serria Game Kings. If you need more accuracy then this you are just doing it wrong.
  13. 6.5swede

    6.5swede Well-Known Member

    Nice Shooting Kachok. Gotta love the 6.5's!
  14. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Reckon the slower twist of the featherweight has anything to do with that? It is a hair slower than the Tikka.
  15. ExAgoradzo

    ExAgoradzo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip. My problem was the bases. I just got them in yesterday and have my scope 'in', but I haven't bore sighted it yet. Can't wait to shoot it. Pics on the Sako 6.5x55 thread.
    Love reading this thread though!
    you are going to have one great rifle! I hope we both enjoy it!
  16. pharmdon

    pharmdon New Member

    weighed in at just above 180 lbs. Hit it from around 120 yards and it immediately darted into thick brush. I was kinda worried I might have pulled my shot and missed. Waited about 30 minutes then went to investigate. Zero blood trail (tough hide) but I found it ten yards away in the brush dead. Single entry wound to heart/lung. No exit.

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