View Full Version : What do you feed your Swede?

August 19, 2012, 07:43 PM
With my stockpile of 6.5x55mm surplus ammo dwindling to a few boxes, I'm on the look for alternatives.

What are you Swede shooters feeding your rifles?

As I don't reload, and don't plan to start anytime soon, I'm mainly looking for factory loaded cartridges.

This will be strictly range fodder for my M96. So price, accuracy and reliability need be considered in equal measures. Range is seldom over 150 yards with the main enemy being bowling pins, paper, and water-filled jugs.

I've been looking at Prvi Partisan, PPU, and also Wolf. Any experience with these?

Thanks in advance

August 19, 2012, 09:35 PM
Prvi, PPU and Wolf are all the same thing. That is what I feed my M96 and it seems to like it. You can keep the brass and reload at a later date.


August 21, 2012, 07:57 PM
Prvi, PPU and Wolf are all the same thing.

Same factory? or exact same loadings?

I bought a box of Prvi to give it a shot (pun intended.):)

Heavy Metal 1
August 21, 2012, 09:03 PM
Or you could send the brass to me:D

August 21, 2012, 10:18 PM
Same factory makes all three. If you look at the headstamps, they are all the same.


August 25, 2012, 01:03 PM
The cheapest 6.5x55 at my local gun shop was Federal, at $24.95 a box. The next cheapest stuff was $34.95... and I don't even want to talk about the prices on hunting rounds.

So I went online and ordered eight boxes of FMJ 139 grain Prvi Partisan from SGAmmo.com, for $12.75 a box. They're in Oklahoma, and shipping to California set me back another $12.00.

I went through four boxes of it yesterday (playing with my new toy, a 1905 M96), and it seems to be good ammo.

August 26, 2012, 08:33 AM
I hear ya Troy. I pay $28 a box for Winchester SuperX soft points for my hunting Swede.

I paid $13 for the box of Prvi I bought. Good to hear it's working for you, I haven't had a chance to get to the range with it yet.

I have a few boxes of surplus stuff left form a bulk buy many years ago. The price per box was $8:eek:

August 30, 2012, 09:58 PM
Shame you never plan to hand load, you will miss out getting the most out of you Swede. Go for the PRIVI there is no more cheap surplus. I use the 140g Sierra Match Kings.

Good luck.


September 2, 2012, 03:52 PM
Finally made it to the range today with the Swede and the Prvi ammo.

Although I didn't benchrest for a true test, the accuracy and POI seemed to be on par with the surplus fodder. I was bouncing bowling pins at 75-100 yards consistently:)

One issue I did have with the Prvi (that I've never experienced with surplus) is that the second round of the magazine sometimes failed to feed. The nose of the bullet would catch beneath the feed ramp. I would need to pull back the bolt and push the cartridge back.
I did notice that, compared to the surplus ammo, the Prvi is a hair shorter and has a more rounded nose on the bullet. Maybe recoil is making the cartriges slide forward in the magazine??

I was using stripper clips to load.
Anyone else encountered this with the Prvi??

BTW, beautiful M96 Sniper, MJ1:cool: