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Which 6.5-mm Lead Bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TooTaxed, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. TooTaxed

    TooTaxed Participating Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Columbus, Georgia
    As I've had such fine experience in loading the Lyman U311291 Gas Check bullet for practice shooting in .30-06 Garands and Springfields, I'd like to do the same for my 6.5-mm Swede. Who has tried several designs and what's your favorite?

    Note that the 311291 front half rides on the lands while the rear half takes the engraving...this may be why the bullet works so well. Does the same apply to 6.5-mm?:scrutiny:
  2. NuJudge

    NuJudge Active Member

    May 20, 2006
    SE Michigan
    Which 6.5x55 are you shooting them in? I have a 96B, with the fast twist barrel, and at higher velocities the cast bullets fly wild. I have achieved excellent results with the Lyman 140gr Loverin bullet and 2400 at moderate velocities:
    I am beginning to work with this mold, which is the only current production mold reputed to be big enough for the 6.5x55 military barrel:
    I have several special order molds I've gotten through Cast Boolits that I have not tried yet.

    The typical Swedish barrel is about .268" groove diameter. The typical new Lyman mold is .266" or .267". Make sure your bullet is big enough for your groove diameter or you'll have a lot of Leading. I like cast bullets to be .001" or .002" larger than groove diameter. I have been able to make a slightly small mold work at lower velocities by making sure the gas check was large enough, and using a really good lubricant (this was with the .303 British, but it might well work here).

    There are people who claim to get higher velocities even with the fast twist barrels. Some threads from Cast Boolits:

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