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Thread: 6.5x55 Mauser 96

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    Boolit Mold
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    6.5x55 Mauser 96

    G,day
    Have one of the above,in good nick,have the Saeco 264 mould,ok success with 11gns Unique,any other mould I should look at? Shooting a military match at 200yds,using a 2.5x LER Scope mounted on a Dutchman style mount.The V Bull is 3.

    Cheers Mal.

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    A few mold suggestions: CBE, as they are local (but seem to offer more in ~.30cal. than 6.5mm); NOE (I may be looking at their offerings myself to feed my M 96); Veral Smith/CBE, who made a nice 140gr. mold for me years ago). Btw, Lee Precision once made a 6.5mm 6 cavity mold* that was a group buy here years ago, so maybe a search on your favorite auction sites or a WTB positing in the Swapping & Selling subform will produce one? As for powder, Unique worked for me, but I would start at 9.0gr. and work up to 10.0gr., given the faster twist of the M 96's bbl.

    *Very accurate; looks like a miniature Lyman #31141/311041.

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    I have my best luck with a bullet from a NOE 162 grain mold, water quenched to about 27 Brinnell, over either 4227 or 4759 powders. Keeping muzzle velocity right at 1600 FPS usually gives the most accurate shooting. Although the Lyman 266469 140 grain Loverin design is close behind the NOE, as is the Lyman 266673 150 grain.

    Good luck, GJ

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    Good advice, GJ!

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ID:	221007A bit late to the party, but I get good results with a 140gn RCBS `silhouette' bullet gas checked to .265.
    ukrifleman

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    Thanks guys, just what I needed. Will do some searching.

    Cheers Mal.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check