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6.5x55 with wood bullets. Good plinking ammo?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Crosshair, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. Crosshair

    Crosshair Participating Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Well, I have searched and have not been alble to find any real good info on this subject. Sportsmans Guide is selling practice 6.5x55 Swedish ammo loaded with wood bullets at a very attractive price here. I am wondering if this ammo would be good for plinking at 50 yards with my Swedish Mauser. Sure the cases arn't reloadable, but I can sell them to the local scrap dealer and the price is less than I could reload it anyway. What is the effective range of this ammo and has anyone else used it? I love my Swede and I really want to feed it as much as possible. (Even if I have to feed it Slim Fast.:p ) Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. Domino

    Domino Active Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Las Vegas. NV
    I don't know if the ammo is even slightly accurate, but considering that the wooden bullets were designed to be shredded by a screw on muzzle device I would say that they are merely designed to be used as blanks. Without the muzzle device, I would think that the ammo is pretty much useless for just about anything. I mean c'mon, a wooden bullet?
  3. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Elder

    Jan 1, 2003
    DFW Area
    Domino is right.

    They are blanks.

    The threaded muzzles on the Swedish Mausers were originally there to accept "blank shredders" that screwed onto the muzzles and broke up the wooden bullets.

    I can't imagine that they would be accurate or "effective" at any range.

    I guess you could pull the wooden bullets and see if you can reload the primed cases. Be VERY careful about re-using the powder in the blanks. I think that's a very bad idea. And I have no idea about the integrity of the cases for use as actual ammunition. In other words, I'm just thinking out loud--NOT making any recommendations that you try this.

    I have heard of some folks pulling the projectiles from the 6.5x55 gallery rounds and loading those with powder and standard bullets.
  4. FilJos

    FilJos New Member

    Oct 28, 2004
    Reul Tuath
    I'm not too familiar with the concept, but if there was no shredder attached to the rifle muzzle, wouldn't these act like the wooden baton shotgun rounds used in less lethal scenarios?

    Seems like it would be fun for knocking over tin cans at 50 yards. Or putting holes in paper. Or things.
  5. chestnut ridge

    chestnut ridge Member

    Aug 18, 2005
    south central Tennessee
    Hello from Tennessee
    I have purchased a case of the wooden tipped 6.5x55 ammo.
    I thought it would make a good plinking load. What I discovered
    was the wooden bullet is blown into fragments just after it leaves
    the muzzle. The report is similar to a regular cartridge.
    But I think if the wooden bullet was pulled and the fast burning
    powder was dumped out of the case; you would still have a primed
    case for reloading. I could see no defects in the cases thar would
    cause concern; however I could be wrong.
  6. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Senior Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    Okay City
    Bought a bunch for my AK once, only they were iron-jacketed wood (or somthing like that). Did a test to see what POI would be like, and loaded a 10-round mag and aimed at dirt at ever-increasing distances. After 25 feet, they "magically" disappeared.

    They were good for letting complete newbies get the feel for the AK before we moved on to FMJ, as the noise was the same but the recoil was "just like the .22." Aside from that, though, I dunno.

    *shrug* :confused:

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