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Old 12-13-2004, 06:38 PM
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Okay, I finally got my rifle in 6.5x57mm Mauser, i.e., the 7x57mm necked down to 6.5mm, and first produced by Mauser as a sporting round in 1895. Does anyone out there have any experience loading for this cartridge? I can still find new RWS brass, thanks to Graf & Sons, and slugs are not a serious problem either, so I am looking for experiences. Anyone out there care to share?
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Old 12-13-2004, 06:54 PM
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Well, my 6.5x257 Ack Imp is basically a 6.5x57 with straightened case and sharper shoulder.

My best load right now is 49.5 gr VV N550 and a 125 gr Nosler Partition with CCI BR2 primer. Might want to start yours around 45.0 gr and see how it works.

A case of H4831SC filled to the shoulder won't hurt anything using 130 gr bullets or less and would be a good place to start with it. If you use mag primers, might back off a couple of grains.

Always found these capacity cases in 6.5 to work best with the medium/slow powders.

IMR/Hodgdon H 4350 are always good choices. 45.0 - 46.0 gr under the aforementioned 130 gr or less bullets should get you started.
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:38 AM
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No experience with the 6.5x57, I'm afraid.
However, Ken Waters did an extensive test of a 6.5x57 that he published in Handloader magazine. The article also appears in Ken Waters book Pet Loads.
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:50 AM
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Hello!

I am loading the rimmed version of the 6.5x57, and use the same data as for the 6.5x55 Swedish. It works fine, and with a 156 grains RN at 2500 fps it is fine caliber for deer. The gun I have it in is a Sauer & Sohn drilling with 12 gauge double shotgun barrels and the rifle barrel under them.

You can find a lot of data for the 6.5x55 Swedish, and as the volume of the 6.5x57 is a little bigger, the loads for the Swede are safe in it.

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Old 12-16-2004, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by kdub
Well, my 6.5x257 Ack Imp is basically a 6.5x57 with straightened case and sharper shoulder.

My best load right now is 49.5 gr VV N550 and a 125 gr Nosler Partition with CCI BR2 primer. Might want to start yours around 45.0 gr and see how it works.

A case of H4831SC filled to the shoulder won't hurt anything using 130 gr bullets or less and would be a good place to start with it. If you use mag primers, might back off a couple of grains.

Always found these capacity cases in 6.5 to work best with the medium/slow powders.

IMR/Hodgdon H 4350 are always good choices. 45.0 - 46.0 gr under the aforementioned 130 gr or less bullets should get you started.
Thanks for the suggestions. I already load for 6.5x54 and the .260 Rem, so this should be interesting.

LLS
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Old 12-16-2004, 10:39 AM
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Thanks for the quick responses guys!
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