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I just took possession of a 6.5x55 Swede barrel for my Encore and was wondering if anyone out there has real world experince with it in a Contender or Encore. I was going to get a .260 Rem. but this came along so I bought it. The barrel is 15 3/4" and I would like to use Nosler 120 gr. BT's in it, if I they will group, started out around 2700 or so. How much difference can there be in this and the .260 Rem. or the 6.5 JDJ. Enlighten me. :p
 

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6.5X55 swed.

:D I've got one in a Ruger and the 120gr. bt works great. I load 37.5 grs of AA#2200 with the 120gr bt, at around 2750fps. Have taken a lot of deer with this round, and none walked away, dropped on the spot. Rick..
 

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I have one in a VVCG 14" tube. When loaded with 120gr ballistic tips and H4895 and I do my part it will shoot dime size groups at a hundred yards.
I also recently traded a factory 30-06 to Edstcs for a factory 260rem in a 15" tube. I have not yet had a chance to play with this one.......come on spring and warmer weather!!!! :roll:
Rick
 

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I've got a Sako L691 that loves the 120/140 grain Barnes XLCs over RL19. I won't post the load cuz it's a bit hot compared to most manuals, but it's what Barnes recommends. It's more than you need in a pistol barrel! I think you'll like the "Swede", I've enjoyed mine. Nice mild mannered cartridge that gets the job done.
 

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for all practical purposes the 6.5 swede and the 260 Rem are twins. If I recall from Ken Water's book, the swede holds a tiny bit more case capacity, so you can use swede data for the 260 in all but max loads. I have hunted with the 260 in a 24" Encore for the last two deer seasons and have taken 4 with it. I love the way it shoots and virtually no recoil.
I think you'll like the swede.

Rick
 
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