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What bullet weight shoots well out of a Swedish M96 with the long barrel?
I'd like to get the correct weight to reload the first try.
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I think the standard issue for the 29" barrel was a 143 gr.
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The military loading was a very long BT, no clue how heavy. I've used the 160 gr. Hdy RN with good results to moderate range.


140gr or so seems right to start depending what you use them for.
Get the proper size brass, the US made stuff isn't.

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Sellier and Bellot (S&B) produce new 6.5 x 55mm ammo in both military specification and soft pointed hunting loads. The mil-spec bullet is 140 gn and the hunting soft point is 131 gn. I have not found a hand load that shoots better than the S&B factory loads from my #3 (unservicable I think they said for the #3 barrel) barrel M38, which puts three into less than 1/2" at 150 yds.
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I gave my sporterized 6.5X55 Swede to the SIL. I had received it as a retirement gift. Along with it came reloads with the 120-grain Remington PSP Core-Lokt, and the 140-grain Nosler Partition. Both loads were accurate but when came to deer hunting I stuck with the 140-grain Nosler. After first round slam dunk on a buck the Partition was my goto deer bullet.

I also tried two loads afterwards with buik 140-grain PSP Core-Lokt. I developed good loads using Winchester Magnum Rifle Powder and H4831. I should note my barrel had been cut to 23".

When I passed on the Swede I obtained a 6.5 Remington Magnum built on a long action and sporting a 26-inch barrel. The long barrel on the 6.5 Remington; 26-inches and higher operating pressures gain me over 500 fps. The 6.5 Remington likes the 140-grain CL.

The down side to the 6.5 Remington is the lack of brass. In the brass department I found the 6.5 Swede to be a winner. I was able to find a few bags of 6.5 Swede Winchester brass and found some reloaded able imported ammunition.

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Decades ago I had good luck with 140ish but settled on 129 Hornady(?) for my purposes (no truly long range shots as I had open sights and a lot of woods). Everything really shot well, it came down to what did I 'need' to bag a WI White Tail.
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I have a near full box of the Hornady 160gr RN bullets that I would trade for trapping supplies.

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gonna pass Adam
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When I had my swede it seemed to shoot well with anything 140 great and lighter with a little load development.
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My 1941 Husky M38 loved Nosler 120gr Ballistic Tips, IMR3031 and CCI Bench Rest primers.
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