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6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser:
 The 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser cartridge was developed by a joint Swedish/Norwegian commission in 1893. It was officially adopted as the military cartridge of Sweden and Norway in 1894. Quickly the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser became a very popular sporting rifle cartridge in Europe (as it is an accurate cartridge) and was widely used in Europe for target shooting, including Olympic free rifle competition. The 6.5x55mm cartridge remained virtually unknown in the United States until the late 1950's, when shipments of cheap surplus military rifles flooded the American gun market. Of these, later shipments and distribution of model 96 mausers proved to be of good quality cock on closing bolt-action rifles that were quite accurate and worth sporterizing for hunting use.

 The 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser has been chambered by many U.S. gun manufacturers now and it is an excellent, accurate and fairly flat shooting cartridge that is capable of taking most big game animals in the lower 48 states, when loaded with 140 grain bullets at 2600 feet per second velocity it is a very adequate round for deer out to about 300 yards. The 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser when loaded with 120 grain bullets recoil is quite minimal, very pleasant to shoot and is highly recommended for shooters that are recoil conscious.

  6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser Barrel Specifications.
Common Barrel Lengths - 22", 24", 26" and 28".
Common Barrel Twist Rate - 1 in 8".
Bore Groove Diameter - .265".
Bore Land Diameter - .256".

  6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser Reloading Specifications.
Bullet Diameter - .264".
Maximum Case Length - 2.160".
Trimmed Case Length - 2.150".
Primer Size - Large Rifle / .210" Diameter.
Maximum Cartridge Overall Length - 3.150".

6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser Loading Data Hints.
 The 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser responds very well with powders that have burn rates similar to and like i.m.r. 4320, very accurate and consistent velocity.

6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser Reloading Data.
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.

6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser Trajectory and Hunting Applications.

 This is a down range trajectory chart for the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser cartridge with the scope mounted 1.5 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using this load, its effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on,
Varmint / Predator size game, such as Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote.
Deer size game, such as Antelope, Blacktail, Hogs, Javelina, Mule, Whitetail.
Elk size game, such as Caribou, Black Bear, Sheep.
Moose size game, such as Brown Bear.
Bullet diameter .264"
Bullet weight 140 grains
Bullet ballistic coeffecient .441
Bullet velocity 2,600 feet per second
100 yds.
200 yds.
300 yds.
400 yds.
500 yds.
+ 2.4
- 9.8
- 28.1
- 56.8

6.5 x 55mm
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