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    Default Took 3 Swede rifles to the range experimental loads

    My most accurate m/96 does not care for loading 156 or 160 grain round nose bullets from the magazine.
    For some reason she will shoot super tight groups with them if chamber loaded, but the round nose bullets hit the side of the chamber area coming up from the magazine, no matter how much I change the C.O.L.

    Until now I could not get a spitzer bullet load to shoot tight groups in this m/96, so I loaded up a box full of experimental loads and finally took them to the range yesterday. I took a m/38 and m/94-14 along for comparison.

    I was recently given two boxes of 120 grain Sierra HPBTs and some 120 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips. So I figured why not try them.

    It was a nice warm 65 degree day. I also took along some loads that I had been shooting at 10 to 20 degrees below zero (F) during last winter. And yes RL-22 is somewhat temp sensitive.

    So as not to bore you with the bad loads,,,Here are some of the better loads for my m/96.


    WARNING These loads worked in my rifles. Always start low and work up.

    This particular m/96 rifle has a very tight chamber and bore.(lapped bore as well.) It always seems to obtain more velocity than my other m/96s.

    PHOTOS BELOW OF BEST GROUPS. All shot at 100 yards from a bench rest sandbagged.


    A.
    6.5x55mm
    120gr Sierra HPBT
    43.0gr H-4350
    CCI-200
    WW Brass
    3.00 col, no crimp

    VELOCITY
    2,787 fps m/96
    2,649 fps m/38
    2,380 fps m/94

    GROUPS
    0.39 in grp m/96
    1.67 in grp m/38
    1.66 in grp m/94
    no pressure signs
    Clean brass

    B.
    6.5x55mm
    120gr NOSLER Bal-Tip
    47.0gr RL-22
    CCI-200
    WW Brass
    3.00 col, no crimp

    VELOCITY
    2,724 fps m/96
    2,619 fps m/38

    GROUPS
    0.28 in grp m/96
    3.69 in grp m/38
    no pressure signs
    Clean brass
    Aug 30, 2009. temp 65F


    C.
    6.5x55mm
    140gr Sierra HPBT. Needed a 140 grain load for long range matches.
    46.3gr RL-22
    CCI-200
    WW Brass
    3.055 col, no crimp

    VELOCITY
    2,729 fps m/96
    2,622 fps m/38
    2,342 fps m/94

    GROUPS
    0.68 in grp m/96
    1.19 in grp m/38
    3.20 in grp m/94
    no pressure signs
    Clean brass
    Aug 30, 2009. temp 65F



    D.
    6.5x55mm
    120gr Sierra HPBT
    47.0gr H-414
    CCI-200
    WW Brass
    2.98 col, no crimp

    VELOCITY
    2,815 fps m/96
    2,701 fps m/38

    GROUPS
    2.00 in grp m/96
    3.70 in grp m/38
    no pressure signs
    VERY DIRTY brass
    Aug 30, 2009.
    temp 65F



    E.
    6.5x55mm
    120gr Sierra HPBT
    47.0gr RL-19
    CCI-200
    WW Brass
    3.00 in col, no crimp

    VELOCITY
    2,813 fps m/96
    2,693 fps m/38

    GROUPS
    0.90 in grp m/96 Fired from very dirty bore
    1.70 in grp m/38 Fired from very dirty bore
    no pressure signs
    Very clean, brass
    Aug 30, 2009.
    temp 65F
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    More group pics.
    H-414 really stinks...It is inaccurate and very, very, dirty.

    Now H-4350 is another story... That is some nice powder for this cartridge.
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    Last pics, since I can only load two at a time...

    This 140 grain load was almost 100 fps faster with warmer temps and a slightly longer COL. I thought it would be slightly more accurate... But it is OK for iron sights.
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    always been sorry I let a little Swede carbine go down the road about 20 years ago

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