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Old 04-03-2008, 04:26 PM
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give it credit foIn a modern and high pressure action I think that the 6.5 X 55 is capable of much more than many manuals r.
I have a stable of Swedes', but am reluctant to load them much more than slightlyover the middle of the road recommendations. Course, they perform so well there is little reason to try to push it and risk injuring my brass or actions.
Does anybody out there have some real life experience handloading a 6.5 X 55 in a high pressure action? I'd really like to see it's top end practical limits.
I agree 8mm, We are comparing apples 2 oranges here.

Oldelkhunter 6.55 is a swedish round by the way not an american round, but I agree, unappreciated.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:37 PM
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Oldelkhunter 6.55 is a swedish round by the way not an american round, but I agree, unappreciated.


I am well aware of where it comes from put out for sale in this country is what I meant. The one problem I see is MAG is not in the name.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:22 AM
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I get a little over 2700 fps using a max load of RL-22 (47gr)and a 140gr bullet out of a 29" barreled swedish mauser, you can load another full grain of the same powder in a stronger action, but the velocity gain isn't much. A 6.5x284 from all accounts pushes the 140 gr bullets around 3000 fps.

I am going by my Nosler manual and comparing a 140 grain bullet and there was 100 fps. 2900vs 3000 ..... I have to look this manual over again when I get home.


Ok I looked at Nosler number 5 at home and the max speed for the 6.5x55 with a 140 was 2785 vs 2925 for the 6.5-284
The comparison of the 6.5X55 vs the 6.5/284 is exactly the same as comparing the 6.5X55 OR 6.5X57mm with the 6.5 Remington Magnum or the 6.5/'06. The .284 Win case has the same capacity as the .30/'06 case, but in a shorter, fatter container. It is prized for its accuracy potential, not its' ability to produce high velocities! There is no reason why the 6.5X55 or the 6.5X57 would not be just as good, except for the need to use a longer action for the latter two rounds.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:42 AM
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My favorite moose relaxer 6.5X55 with 160gr Hornadys+ 42 gr IMR 4350.Works well with N-204,RE-22 and IMR 4350 as well.........................Harold
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:48 AM
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The comparison of the 6.5X55 vs the 6.5/284 is exactly the same as comparing the 6.5X55 OR 6.5X57mm with the 6.5 Remington Magnum or the 6.5/'06. The .284 Win case has the same capacity as the .30/'06 case, but in a shorter, fatter container. It is prized for its accuracy potential, not its' ability to produce high velocities! There is no reason why the 6.5X55 or the 6.5X57 would not be just as good, except for the need to use a longer action for the latter two rounds.
To take full advantage of the 6.5x284, you will need to use a long action. If used in a short action, the OAL is going to restrict you when using the longer 140+gr bullets. Bullets will need to be seated deeper, thus reducing case capacity.
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is the 6.5x55 commercially available? isn't the 6.5-284 still purely a wildcat? though semi popular? if both were wildcats I'd pick the 6.5-284, but if the other is factory loaded, that would be a big influence, but i know many load the 6.5-284 for 1000yd benchrest......if both are known for accuracy and the x55 is factory loaded again be a big plus IMO. otherwise id take the -284 sine I hear more about it.


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6.5X55 is commercially available but I don't think there are many offerings. I've never seen 6.5-284 ammo in any of my catalogs. I think you can get commercially loaded ammunition for it, but only from specialty companies. I know you can buy virgin 6.5-284 brass though.
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:59 AM
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This round 6.5x55 has got to be the most overlooked round ever put out at least in this country.
That's what I took my Moose with in 1995........Ruger M77 6.5mmSwede and 156 gr Norma"Alaska"
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:20 PM
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is the 6.5x55 commercially available? isn't the 6.5-284 still purely a wildcat? though semi popular? if both were wildcats I'd pick the 6.5-284, but if the other is factory loaded, that would be a big influence, but i know many load the 6.5-284 for 1000yd benchrest......if both are known for accuracy and the x55 is factory loaded again be a big plus IMO. otherwise id take the -284 sine I hear more about it.
Now this is just on cheaperthandirt.com but, lets see they have remington, winchester, federal, hornady, wolf and a few others, yep it's available, but most sporting goods stores aren't going to carry it.
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:36 PM
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is the 6.5x55 commercially available? isn't the 6.5-284 still purely a wildcat? though semi popular? if both were wildcats I'd pick the 6.5-284, but if the other is factory loaded, that would be a big influence, but i know many load the 6.5-284 for 1000yd benchrest......if both are known for accuracy and the x55 is factory loaded again be a big plus IMO. otherwise id take the -284 sine I hear more about it.
Now this is just on cheaperthandirt.com but, lets see they have remington, winchester, federal, hornady, wolf and a few others, yep it's available, but most sporting goods stores aren't going to carry it.
The Gun Store that I bought the Norma carry it, but at $45 a box of 20.
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