6.5X55 147 ELD-M Load Data - Help

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  1. Bigdad123

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    I've searched high and low for load data for Hornady 147gr ELD-M in 6.5X55 Swede. Can anyone provide their data or Quick Load data? Any help is much appreciated.


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  2. daleboy

    daleboy Silver $$ Contributor

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    Are you looking for data for modern rifle or Old Swedish Mauser 38/96 ?
     
  3. Bigdad123

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    Looking for modern data, I've ordered an X-Caliber 8" twist barrel for my Savage 110.
     
  4. AckleymanII

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    Use R#26 with a hot primer, you will be happy.
     
  5. Bigdad123

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    Starting load?
     
  6. benchracer

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  7. Bigdad123

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    Do you think 6.5 Creedmoor max load would be a good staring load for 6.5X55 in a modern action?
     
  8. benchracer

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    My modern-actioned 6.5x55 runs 140 Berger VLD's with 48.2 grains of H4831 @ 2830 from a 26" barrel. Case capacity of my once-fired Lapua brass is 58.5 grains of water.

    I have seen Creedmoor case capacity quoted @ 52.5 grains and 53.5 for .260 Remington.

    Hornady 9th Edition shows max for 140's in .260 Remington as 46.0 with H4831, 46.6 with RL-22, and 49.6 with H1000. RL-26 should fall in that range, in terms of burn rate.

    Based on all of the above, I would expect 45.0 to 46.0 to be a reasonable place to start with RL-26 and 147 ELD-M's in a modern-actioned 6.5x55. You don't state what brass you are using. I recommend Lapua for the ol' Swede.
     
  9. rardoin

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    I also recommend Lapua and H4831/4831sc. Once you get that down at a safe velocity you like then get a lb of RL-23 and drop 2 grains off your H4831 and test. I shoot a 6.5 x55 Imp with 61.5gr water capacity and my go to load is 49.2-49.4gr RL-23/ 142gr VLD bullet/ 30" barrel for an easy 2950-60fps. I actually need to slow it down 20-30fps to get a slight vertical spread out but it shoots great from upper 30's to high 80's F without siginificant velocity changes. I need 50.5-50.8gr of H4831 for the same velocity but RL-23 has been showing as good/or better grouping with surprisingly low throat erosion. Again, this is with an improved case with a few more grains of capacity.
     
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  10. JRR

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    46.2 of Rel 26 and 3.165" oal with 147 ELD M gave very nice accuracy in my Mauser 98 with 28" Kreiger. 2830 fps. My max load.
     
  11. Bigguy1951

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    I can't help with the 147, but don't be afraid to use Reloder 23 with a 140 gr Berger Hunting VLD, 2932 fps, no pressure signs in my gun. Find a powder you want to try, work your loads up slowly watching for pressure signs. I have a Tikka T3 with a 24 inch 8 twist barrel. I also use magnum primers, reduces the ES to 6. Have not tried to Re-26, but will eventually. My powder closet is full of powders I wanted to try and either they didn't work out or I haven't used them yet.
     
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  12. Bigdad123

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    Thanks for all the feedback folks, its very helpful.
     
  13. FatOldMIHunter

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    I haven't tried it yet, but 49.5 gr RL 26 with a Rem 9-1/2 primer and 147 gr ELD in Lapua brass was recommended to me. I would start at least 10% lower and work up slowly. If you go with a magnum primer, start 1 gr lower.
     
  14. CobraRed

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    49.55gr of RL22 thru a 28" nets 2940fps and so far around 0.40-0.50" groups.
    Highly recommend both RL22 and RL26 for the 147 in a Swede
     
  15. Bigdad123

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    I've heard Norma MRP is the same as RL22. I have some MRP so will definitely give it a go.
     
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  16. CobraRed

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    That's the consensus.

    Definitely start low, my Swede loads are on the hotter side
     

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