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Old 02-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #11
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I believe Howa still markets the 6.5x55.
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DON'T GET THE HOWA! I help new 6.5x55 reloaders all the time on my other forums and the Howas have fits every single time, they are the only ones that do, Sakos, Tikkas, CZs all shoot great but the problems with Howa are unreal.
My Tikka is remarkably accurate, affordable, reliable and handles like a dream, for someone with the extra cash the Sako is a cut above. CZ lacks the 1:8 twist the others have but if you are happy with 120-130gr poly tips go for it, the Howa just falls on it's face though, I would own one in 308 but they really mangled that 6.5x55 chamber somehow, I think the real problem is in the throat and lands, have had several people tell me they could not touch their lands with slightly over max length loads.
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My favorite target/hunting rifle is my Remington made 1903a3 30-06. I think factory ammo is loaded down for the 30-06. I get much better performance with my handloads. My handloads loaded with 155gr Sierra Matchking Palma and IMR-4895 have always shot under MOA with a 5 shot group average of .840''.

I also have a .243 but dont reload for it. I think if I did I would be pleased. Its a great long range caliber. Things to think about.

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DON'T GET THE HOWA! I help new 6.5x55 reloaders all the time on my other forums and the Howas have fits every single time, they are the only ones that do, Sakos, Tikkas, CZs all shoot great but the problems with Howa are unreal.
My Tikka is remarkably accurate, affordable, reliable and handles like a dream, for someone with the extra cash the Sako is a cut above. CZ lacks the 1:8 twist the others have but if you are happy with 120-130gr poly tips go for it, the Howa just falls on it's face though, I would own one in 308 but they really mangled that 6.5x55 chamber somehow, I think the real problem is in the throat and lands, have had several people tell me they could not touch their lands with slightly over max length loads.
just out of curiosity, what are the details of the problems with the Howa 1500's ? Weatherby makes the Vanguard and it's also the same action, made by the same maker.
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Seems to be an excessively long throat, combined with some weird problems that I cannot diagnose over the internet, the people I have been helping with loads have reported excessive pressure well below my Tikka loads. Long story short I like Howa/Weatherby rifles, but everyone I know with their 6.5x55 chamber has issues with it, on the flip side everyone I know with a Sako/Tikka 6.5x55 loves it.
For those who cannot get their hands on a Finnish made Sweed (they are HARD to find) the 260 Rem, and 6.5 Creedmore provide performance on par with my handloads and are available in more common rifles. I think a T/C Icon in 6.5 Creedmore would make a very comparable rifle in terms of accuracy/performance.
I am a big fan of the 6.5s, shoots flatter, further and with less wind drift then a 243 delivering 40% more punch at 300yds with comparable bullets, burning no more powder making barrels last longer, and all that for a not even noticeable increase in felt recoil. I call that a ballistic sweet spot for sure.

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