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1911Ron
August 16, 2013, 22:13
I am looking for a production rifle in 6.5x55, i would like to hunt with it, Deer,Antelope and the like.

I currently own two Swedish Mausers and love them, i don't want to alter them so a new rifle built for hunting (scope, all weather stock and the like) so what is out there?

ftierson
August 16, 2013, 22:45
As far as I know, Jerry's Sports Center is still offering (to dealers) the CZ550 in 6.5x55mm, both the CZ550 American and the Full Stock.

I'm very happy with mine...

Forrest

Buster H
August 17, 2013, 06:58
Other options, although right now it seems as if they are at least partially made of unobtanium:

Tikka T3 Lite/Hunter (6-800 if you can find one)
Mauser M12 (expensive!)
Sako (even more so)
Blaser (priced for left-over European nobility)

I am leaning towards the top 2 for the detachable magazine, simply due to the left-tarded regulations and inconsistent views of the game cops in my state when it comes to traveling in a POV or ATV with a "loaded" (is that interpreted as "chambered" or do they mean any rounds in the fixed internal mag?) weapon while hunting. But I digress...

Buster

MAINER
August 17, 2013, 09:12
What Forrest said, +1
Real happy with the full stock FS in 6.5x55, nice and handy. Fixed magazine.
I don't think you can get a 550 in 6.5x55 with DBM if you like that feature. They are only available for the shorter cartridges, .243 Win, .308, etc.

The "set trigger" is the nuts! ;)
http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-550-american/

nearmisses
August 17, 2013, 09:50
here's one of my favorites and reasonable almost but more so than the others mentioned!
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=359133647

and maybe:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=358056471

ftierson
August 17, 2013, 12:02
here's one of my favorites and reasonable almost but more so than the others mentioned!
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=359133647



I have a 1991 vintage (push feed) Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in 6.5x55mm, and it's a great rifle. The workmanship is excellent and the rifle is extremely accurate.

Howa barreled actions in 6.5x55mm are imported by Legacy Sports and sold by JSC. At one point in time, Legacy Sports sold complete 6.5x55mm Howa rifles.

Ruger made the Model 77 Mark II in 6.5x55mm for many years, so you might find one of those floating around.

Zastava makes their M70 rifle in 6.5x55mm but, unfortunately, Century Arms doesn't import the 6.5x55mm chambered one...

Forrest

nearmisses
August 17, 2013, 12:55
in responce: a Howa and another CZ.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=359872941

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=360434340

Buster H
August 17, 2013, 15:25
http://www.k-var.com/shop/ZM808-181.html

Stumbled across this one, had no idea they were coming in. Anyone have any experience with this particular model?

People do seem to like the Zastava Mini-Mausers coming in.

MAINER
August 17, 2013, 19:31
in responce: a Howa and another CZ.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=360434340

Nice rifle and not a bad price, but know that the Pic is a "stock photo" from CZ's web site. Chance of getting a stock with wood that pretty is durn near zero. :tongue:

Mine is fair to middlin' OK, but nothing like that.

nearmisses
August 18, 2013, 08:54
That Zastavia is sweet and pure Mauser. Looks like a Brno with a 3 Position Md 70 saftey and a rail or square bridge for scopes etc. Very nice but a little clunky, Good price

ftierson
August 19, 2013, 12:55
Also, keep in mind that Remington produced their Model 700 BDL Classic in 6.5x55mm in 1994 and you can occasionally find one around. I managed to pick up a NIB M700BDL Classic in 8mm Mauser a couple of years ago (which was originally produced in 2004 or 2005).

Forrest

benchracer
August 20, 2013, 01:41
I built a 6.5x55 on a Zastava commercial 98 mauser action. It is a pleasure to shoot. I also have a new production Winchester Model 70 Sporter in .264 Winchester Magnum. It is a sweet rifle, very accurate, and a pleasure to shoot as well.

When I built my 6.5x55, the Model 70 was out of production. Now that the Model 70 is back in production, one can buy a very high quality Sporter in .264 Win Mag for less than it cost me to build my 6.5x55. The Sierra accuracy load for 140g bullets in .264 Win Mag shot very accurately in my rifle using Nosler Partitions and is a mild load at 6.5x55 velocity. You also have the option to load up to around 3100fps or so with VLD type bullets and reach waaaaaaay out there.

IMO, given what is out there, the Winchester Model 70 in .264 Win Mag is the best deal going in a factory 6.5 of any flavor. I am a big fan of the 6.5x55, but I like my Model 70 even better.

bubbaguns
August 20, 2013, 01:48
Doesn't Remington chamber it in the model 7?

benchracer
August 20, 2013, 02:02
No. The 6.5x55 is not a short action cartridge. Remington offered the Model 7 in .260 Remington at one time. I don't know if they still do or not.

Sijones
August 28, 2013, 21:36
A Swede encountered fairly often is the Kimber of Oregon Sporterized M96. I bought three of them back in the 90's. They were $300 a piece. All three sub 1.5 MOA guns. Put a Timney or Canjar trigger on the one I kept for myself (the others to family) and had the synthetic stock glass bedded. Shoots sub MOA with Federal Classic loads.

Have been looking at a CZ FS maybe a Tikka in 6.5 Swede with input from other forum members. While looking around on Internet found this article:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/sporterizing_swedish_m96.htm

These rifles are out there. Highest price I've seen is $400. Good luck with your search.

HighRatMaster
August 28, 2013, 22:43
6.5x55 is an awesome cartridge. I have the obligatory '96 Swedish Mauser with an Ash stock and it's a beautifully machined piece. About ten years ago I sprung for a Sako Finnlite in 6.5x55 and love it. So far I've taken 20 +/- head of big game with it and it seems perfect for deer, pig and antelope size game, seems to be a better match then the .243.

Using Hornady 120gr GMX and 129gr SP the 3 biggest animals I've shot with it were a 450lb black bear, 300lb wild pig and a 250lb deer, all one shot kills.


http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac214/kclark4895/252blackout.jpg (http://s901.photobucket.com/user/kclark4895/media/252blackout.jpg.html)


http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac214/kclark4895/11-28-10HogHunt021blackout.jpg (http://s901.photobucket.com/user/kclark4895/media/11-28-10HogHunt021blackout.jpg.html)

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac214/kclark4895/10-24-2010010.jpg (http://s901.photobucket.com/user/kclark4895/media/10-24-2010010.jpg.html)

Works on mangy coyotes too.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac214/kclark4895/MANGE006.jpg (http://s901.photobucket.com/user/kclark4895/media/MANGE006.jpg.html)


:beer:

Recoiljunkie44
February 21, 2014, 23:08
Kimber has a 96 mauser they restocked scoped and cut down the barrel also bent the bolt the basic prioritization seen one at gunshow for 350 would've bought but one of the guys I was with called it first :cry:

SWOHFAL
February 22, 2014, 00:06
Other options, although right now it seems as if they are at least partially made of unobtanium:

Tikka T3 Lite/Hunter (6-800 if you can find one)
Mauser M12 (expensive!)
Sako (even more so)
Blaser (priced for left-over European nobility)

I am leaning towards the top 2 for the detachable magazine, simply due to the left-tarded regulations and inconsistent views of the game cops in my state when it comes to traveling in a POV or ATV with a "loaded" (is that interpreted as "chambered" or do they mean any rounds in the fixed internal mag?) weapon while hunting. But I digress...

Buster

Sauer 101, which is pretty much like the Mauser, except for a handier tang safety and slightly cheaper.

chuck56
February 22, 2014, 14:48
Also the Ruger M77 MK II . I'm very satisfied with mine.

0302
February 24, 2014, 11:13
that ain't no mangy coyote, according to texans thst is a genuine choopacobra, bonafide.

the gman
February 24, 2014, 13:37
Thompson Center Venture is available in 6.5x55. Davidsons list it but its out of stock. Currently in stock with them are a couple of Howa rifles with scopes and the Hogue (love 'em or hate 'em) stocks in either green or black. Nothing wrong with any of those rifles at all.

jugrunner
February 24, 2014, 15:29
Remington made a "Classic" model 700 one year ... I bought one ... maybe around 1995 ... med contour barrel IIRC and 6.5x55 ...

wish I had kept it ... :sad: ... it was so accurate it was scary ... !!!

Bwana John
February 24, 2014, 18:49
I would pick up an inexpensive Rem 700 in '06 or 270 and screw a 6.5 barrel on.

In fact..... Im right in the middle of having a 6.5mm x 57mm put together using an older 700! (Ive got tons of 7mm Mauser brass)

TOWS220
February 24, 2014, 19:18
6.5x55, short or long action?

Bwana John
February 24, 2014, 20:03
6.5x55, short or long action?


Ummm... intermediate :wink:

SWOHFAL
February 25, 2014, 01:44
6.5x55, short or long action?

I believe many consider it a long action, same as .30-06. However, still nowhere near .375 H&H.

SAFN49
March 09, 2014, 12:04
6.5x55, short or long action?

They are considered long action in modern firearms, especially if you are going to use 150gr+ bullets.

From L to R 6.5x55 mm 139gr Norma Vulcan, 144gr PMC, 156gr military,
7x57mm Mauser, 308 Winchester, 30,06

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SAFN49
March 09, 2014, 12:16
I believe many consider it a long action, same as .30-06. However, still nowhere near .375 H&H.

You know the interesting thing is that some 6.5x55 loads such as the 123gr Lapua 4316036 out preform some of the 375 H&H loads, 250gr Swift A frame and the 300gr RN, at longer ranges.

jugrunner
March 09, 2014, 15:42
You know the interesting thing is that some 6.5x55 loads such as the 123gr Lapua 4316036 out preform some of the 375 H&H loads, 250gr Swift A frame and the 300gr RN, at longer ranges.


it's called "ballistics coefficency" ...

SAFN49
March 09, 2014, 16:13
it's called "ballistics coefficency" ...

Yeah when you can get a .600+ BC it's pretty hard to beat.

The 1000 yard 5 shot group record, 1.5", was shot with a 6.5-284, (Ackley 6.5x55)