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Old June 12, 2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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What 6.5x55 Rifle?

I'm thinking about a new deer rifle this year and I want to try the 6.5x55 caliber as I've always read and heard great things about it. The dilemma is whether to buy a whole new production rifle line the CZ 550 or to "re-purpose" an old Yugo M48 that I did a custom build on in .308.

I can get the CZ for about $650ish without glass.

The Mauser will need a new barrel chambered in 6.5x55 and a new sporter stock since the one that's on the gun now is a benchrest stock. If I go with a stainless barrel, I can save money on having the barreled action reblued. My gunsmith is very reasonable in his pricing and I think this route will be cheaper. Something makes me feel like I'd appreciate this option more than a production rifle. But I don't know.

Appreciate any thoughts or feedback.
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Old June 12, 2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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I will be getting one before next season, either a CZ or Tikka. That is unless I can find a Winchester Featherweight in good shape. I would go new instead of trying to modify your Mauser.
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Old June 12, 2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have a CZ 550 American in 6.5 X 55 and I love it. It is extremely picky, and I do mean EXTREMELY picky, about seat depth. Once you dial it in, its a tack driver. A seat depth change can literally mean the difference between 3/8 and 2 MOA groups.
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Old June 12, 2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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What 6.5x55 Rifle?

I would probably be shooting factory ammo first to get a decent amount of brass built up.
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Old June 12, 2013, 10:37 PM   #5
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Ruger made some of their single shot rifles chambered in 6.5x55. Might be fun to find one of those...
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Old June 12, 2013, 11:41 PM   #6
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Ruger No. 1 if you can find one, drawback is the cost, about $900 and up.

Rebuilding a benchrest shooter into a hunting rifle sounds like a good idea to me.
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Old June 13, 2013, 01:51 AM   #7
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mannlicher

I think that CZ w/ the mannlicher style stock is a pretty rifle, and in 6.5x55 very appropriate and Euro.
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Old June 13, 2013, 07:38 AM   #8
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Ruger made some of their single shot rifles chambered in 6.5x55. Might be fun to find one of those...

Ruger No. 1 if you can find one, drawback is the cost, about $900 and up.
Definitely go Ruger #1 if you can. It makes an excellent deer rifle. Short in over all length & handling, but still has a long barrel.

JIMO also...

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Old June 13, 2013, 07:59 AM   #9
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Re: What 6.5x55 Rifle?

I like the Ruger 1, but the 6.5 model has sights which I don't want.
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Old June 13, 2013, 11:12 AM   #10
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I am a big fan of the .264 cartridges, but I would get one of these instead of the Swede:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=347431402

.260 is really close to the the 6.5 Swede, (slightly better, ~100fps faster in any given bullet weight), but slightly shorter, allowing it to fit in a short action.
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Old June 13, 2013, 02:31 PM   #11
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I did not know the #1 was ever offered in 6.5. I will have to start asking what calibers the #1's I see in gun shops are.
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Old June 13, 2013, 02:54 PM   #12
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I would without a doubt go with the CZ. If you want it to come with iron sights get the 550 FS. If you're planning on mounting a scope, get the 550 American.
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Old June 13, 2013, 04:16 PM   #13
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Sako!
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Old June 15, 2013, 07:13 AM   #14
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Tikka still builds high quality into their rifles.

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Old June 15, 2013, 10:47 PM   #15
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Rebarrel the .308 in 6.5 creedmoor - my vote.
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Old June 17, 2013, 01:29 PM   #16
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the 6.5x55 belongs in a Swedish rifle so naturally I have to say a Husqvarna

but I am not a fan of the m/96 and its versions, cock on closing is a bitch. pretty and accurate rifles but still...

Finnish is close enough I guess, the sako and tikka, but look to the germans aswell, the sauer 202, and perhaps even the new "budget" sauer the 101. or the Blaser! the straight pull is awesome the "hammer" thing is great for safety and the Blaser has a good reputation for accuracy, and swap barrels if you want/need something with a more ump
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Old June 17, 2013, 03:26 PM   #17
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Well, being a Savage fan...
You could get a spin-on barrel in 6.5 x 55 (I know Criterion makes them, I'm sure others do as well).

Either find a suitable used Savage in a LA and swap the barrel, or get an action and aftermarket stock.

You'll end up spending less than a new factory, and with a CBI barrel- better accuracy than any other factory offering. JMO...
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