Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
Do you reload? If not, that would probably be a good round to start on. It will most like save you some money in the long run, and it gets rid of the "hard to find" issue.
Question on the 6.5 versions. Can you put modern ammo through them, or only light loads? Just curious.
I'm too old and too lazy to start reloading now. I'm lucky my friend is willing to do it for me, but I don't want to take too much advantage of him. He worked real hard loading each one at a time to make sure it was done correctly.
I bought the dies and bullet mold as well as 100 pre-formed shells made from 348 Win. brass from Buffalo Arms. I had my gunsmith swag the barrel, cause these rifles have bore sizesthat vary from .425 to .435 and that's why no one wants to manufacture this bullet. Mine measure at .434 and the mold was .436, which is perfect. I was always lucky to have friends that were into loading, especially 45LC, but foolishly I should've done it myself. I have other guns with hard to find ammo as well, but fortunately I don't shoot as much as I collect now.
The 6.5 is shot by plenty of people and they're the most common to be found. It's recommended not to shoot them unless you load them down, but many shoot them anyway and that can be seen on YouTube. Just gotta be careful. The first time I shot mine it was tied down to a shooting bench with a couple of bungies, then I tied a string to the trigger and pulled on it while a few feet back. Over the years I've shot lots of old guns without taking precautions, but I'm older now and my luck's something that I haven't had good experience with lately.
I have to say that this rifle is sweet to shoot with barely any recoil and it's a lot more accurate than I thought it would be. It also attracts attention at the range. I'm gonna have bp loads made up as well. I just love shooting bp, just not too fond of cleaning up afterwards.