6.5X55 SWEDISH MAUSER Ammo

6.5x55 Swedish ammo is part of the 6.5 x 55 group of cartridges that enjoys a long and storied European history. The 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser is one of a pair from that group; the Swedes and Norwegians both developed the same round for their respective armies once the two nations became peacefully independent of each other. The Swedish offering is the name most often mentioned when the 6.5 x 55 cartridge comes up. Workmanship on the guns was renowned and prized. If you can find a clean Swedish Mauser, you have indeed found a treasure.

If you physically compared the .308 (7.62 x 51), the .30-06 (7.62 x 63), and the 6.5 x 55 cartridges, the latter would fall in between the first two in size and dimensions. The 6.5 mm bullet diameter is a misnomer since the bullet's actual diameter is 6.71 mm which translates to .264 inches.

The "Sweet Swede" is a go-to cartridge for many Europeans who use it very effectively on the largest of the European game animals. It is widely used and quite effective for taking moose. Bullets for this round have a wide range of weights from less than 100 grains to over 150 grains. Ballistically, the 6.5 x 55 can come pretty close to matching the .308 cartridge giving it plenty of punch for most although not all North American game. Many American and European ammunition manufacturers offer various commercial loads for the cartridge.

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Recent 6.5X55 SWEDISH MAUSER Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    The M-38 is a good shoot! With the 6.5x55 round. Chrome plating on every round was exceptional for its day!
    Chuck Checkley on 200rds - 6.5x55 Swedish Military 139gr. FMJ Ammo in Battlepack
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Awesome accuracy, tikka t3. One hole targets. Killed 3 deer with these. I'd recommend
    big boy on 20rds – 6.5x55 Sellier & Bellot 140gr SJSP Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    I bought a mil-surp Carl Gustav Mauser 1905 a few years ago for my daughter. She didnt like it so I ended up with it.. it is the 29" barrel and I had thoughts of sporterising it with a nice stock, scope and 25" barrel. So far I havent butchered it. She shoots so nice as it is and the unaltered Swedes are becoming more rare every year. Been offered $ for it by a gunsmith who wants to build a sporter on the '96 action but it seems a shame, such a nice rifle! These rifles have proven their usefulness in Europe and USA for many years for all sorts of game including moose, elk and polar bear... THIS ammo is what I use in it, I like the heavier bullet tho some may like a lighter weight, these 140 grainers do the job on every thing. Recoil is minimal and very low muzzleblast... One could do worse with the Swede rifle and this ammunition!
    Ronald Dunne on 20rds – 6.5x55 Sellier & Bellot 140gr SJSP Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Excellent ammo
    Burton Riegger on 20rds - 6.5x55 Prvi Partizan 120gr. BTHP Match Ammo