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Old 10-30-2003, 04:56 PM
razmuz razmuz is offline
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6.5X55 & 129 gr Hornady

Any of you folks came up with a good load for this combination? Is this weight really needed and should I stick with the tried and true 140 grain? White Tails only.
Old 10-30-2003, 08:01 PM
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Haven't used that bullet, but I load the 125 Nosler Partition, which is close.
Try IMR-4831.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:57 PM
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As it turns out, I'm doing some load workups right now with 129 Hdy's in the 6.5x55's ballistic twin, the 260 Rem. I do not load for the 6.5 (boy, would I like to run across one in an M70 Fwt), but, comparing load data, it seems that they mirror each other.

A lot of guys do not like the over-penetration that the 140's give, and choose lighter bullets for whitetails, like the 129 Hdy, 125 Part, 120 Speer and Nosler B-Tip.

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Old 10-31-2003, 02:03 PM
Terry Blauwkamp Terry Blauwkamp is offline
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129 hornady

The 129 Hornady is my favorite Whitetail bullet in the 6.5 x 55. 4831 or 4350 work very well.
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Old 10-31-2003, 03:31 PM
Cal Sibley Cal Sibley is offline
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I have a Remington Classic in 6.5x55 and one of the bullets I use in it is the Hornady 129 PSP. It's not a particularly attractive or streamlined bullet, but it is rather accurate and good for deer. I use Rel-19, 48grs. which gives me 2820fps. and prints groups of .8" usually (5shots/100yds). I load it out to 3.081" for bench use, shorter for field loads since at 1.188"
it's a rather short bullet compared to most in this caliber. Best wishes.

Cal - Montreal
Old 11-01-2003, 07:48 AM
Mr. 16 gauge Mr. 16 gauge is offline
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Thumbs up

My favorite bullet for my 6.5x55! Mine likes IMR44350 and H414.
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Old 11-02-2003, 12:39 PM
Roman Knoll Roman Knoll is offline
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6.5x55 is an "overbore cartridge" and likes slow powders. I prefer 156 grains bullets because of excellent sectional density. In Scandinavia it is moose cartridge with such bullets.

With Hrdy you may try this:
Powder type Filling/Loading Ratio Charge Vel. Prop.Burnt P max P muzz Btime
% Grains fps % psi psi ms
--------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------
Norma MRP 100,0 48,4 2794 97,5 47719 14930 1,228 ! HOT LOAD !

Alliant Reloder-22 99,9 47,9 2763 95,6 48225 14423 1,226 ! HOT LOAD !

Winchester WXR 98,8 48,1 2761 95,5 48225 14429 1,226 ! HOT LOAD !

Acc.Arms XMR4350 95,8 44,4 2742 100,0 48225 12686 1,233 ! HOT LOAD !

Good luck,

Old 11-12-2003, 10:59 PM
Win75 Win75 is offline
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I reload for the 6.5x55 in my Swedish Mauser CG 1900 M38.

I shot a large buck a couple of years ago with the 140 gr. Nosler Partition and I think that bullet is too heavy for deer sized game.

I now load the 125 gr. Partition on top of 43.5 grs. of IMR4350.

I makes them drop in their tracks.

Old 11-13-2003, 11:12 PM
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43.5 grains of H4350 give me 2800 fps with a 129 grain bullet, 3.025" COL and CCI primers. Your results and max safe load will probably vary.
Old 12-13-2003, 09:13 AM
Cal Sibley Cal Sibley is offline
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There's a lot of variance in the twists for the 6.5x55 rifles. I think the old military mausers had a 1 in 7 1/2" twist, some had 1 in 8" twist. I have a commercial Remington Classic which has a 1 in 9" twist. It does not really do well with the Sierra 140 or 142gr. bullets. While the bullet weight range in this caliber is impresive, it doesn't mean your rifle will handle all of them well. Best wishes.

Cal - Montreal

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