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Wild Bunch Boards => Reloading for Wild Bunch => Topic started by: Jorge on November 28, 2016, 05:51:58 PM

Title: 6.5x55
Post by: Jorge on November 28, 2016, 05:51:58 PM
What bullet and powder are preferred  for BAM matches?
Title: Re: 6.5x55
Post by: Goatneck on November 28, 2016, 09:47:52 PM

Most all BAMM Shooters use lead bullets.  Nearly all ranges where Wild Bunch and BAMM are shot only allow Lead Bullets.  I shoot  a 30-06 in 3 different rifles.  I use a 170gr  .310 dia.  lead gas check bullet.  I use a slow burning powder 4759 with a Federal Gold Medal Large Rifle Primer.  Norm Purcella Roswell, New Mexico makes the bullets.  His phone number is

Title: Re: 6.5x55
Post by: Garrison Joe on November 28, 2016, 10:00:31 PM
Here's my 6.5x55 load that won the BAM match at Winter Range in 2016. 

As always, each rifle is a story unto itself, and what shoots to 1.5 MOA for my gun may not hold 5 MOA in yours.

But as promised:

Lapua cases
Winchester LR primer
Lyman 266673 mold cast myself using 16 Brinnell hardness alloy, coming out of mold at 150 grains +/-.  No heat treatment, sized through a 0.264" die.
Carnuba Red lube from LSS
Hornady gas check
17.5 grains Accurate 5744 powder

Since then, I've cast some nice slugs from a Night Owl Enterprises 162 grain mold that seem to want to shoot a little tighter group yet (maybe 1 1/4 MOA), over the same powder.

Many of the Swede Model 96 rifles really like a muzzle velocity at 1600 FPS or less.  More velocity, and the loads often open up group sizes.

good luck, GJ

Title: Re: 6.5x55
Post by: Jorge on November 30, 2016, 09:26:17 AM
Thanks for the information.
Title: Re: 6.5x55
Post by: August West on November 30, 2016, 07:35:58 PM
Good gravy GJ, your bullets must be half as long as your barrel at that weight.  How long is the throat on a Swedish Mauser?

And, BTW, I've been looking for one.  After flying 6.5 mm bullets at 1K yards for a few years, I'm a real fan boy of those bullets!!!  We have a guy who uses 6.5x55 at 1K and he'll beat you if you slip up.
Title: Re: 6.5x55
Post by: Garrison Joe on December 01, 2016, 01:30:07 PM
AW -
Yes, the Swedish Mausers have EXTREMELY long throats.  They love the long heavy-for-caliber slugs.

A big lot of the Swede 96 rifles and carbines were procured by an Albuquerque gun shop about 2 years ago, most in very good or better shape.  I could check if you want to know if they still have some of those around....PM me.