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    6.5x55 Swede Ackley Improved BJAI

    I just put my order in for a 6.5x55 BJAI swede barrel from Ragged Hole barrels. I went with the Wilson 26'' 1:8 twist varmint contour. I have a nice wood stocked model 110 .270 I got just for this project last fall. It's been sitting in the corner, waiting for attention. While I wait I'm on the hunt for some dies. The goal of this cartridge is to push 140-150 grain slippery bullets at 2900+fps, with moderate pressure, into a ragged hole. Time will tell.

    Feel free to post pictures of beautiful Swedish girls holding rifles while we wait

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    I'll be interested to hear about this project, being a long-time Swede fan. I've got a 26" X-caliber 1:8 6.5x55 (standard) heavy on a 110. Getting 2925 - 2950 fps with 140s (depending on the projectile). My target pressure is 58K. I use Reloader 26, exclusively.

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    From my reading, reloader 26 is some magic stuff. I have a stash of h4831 for this project.

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    Great choice for a cartridge to work with. The 26" barrel and that capacity ought to be about the most you can squeeze out of a 6.5mm with good barrel life.

    If some pundit comes along and blows the .260 Rem out to a 30 shoulder so I can crunch in a couple more grains of H4831 and calls it "Improved" I might start looking for a gunsmith with that reamer.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Last words of Gen. Sedgwik

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    I haven’t looked at the specs on the BJAI, but we’ve got a few here running 6x55’s made by running a 6BR reamer in an additional .580 or so. 30 shoulders and minimal body taper (.460 at case/shoulder) on 6.5x55 Lapua brass. You might compare your print to the 6.5BR, you may find that it’ll work for sizing and eliminate the need for custom dies if that cartridge is what I think it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpkiller View Post
    If some pundit comes along and blows the .260 Rem out to a 30 shoulder so I can crunch in a couple more grains of H4831 and calls it "Improved" I might start looking for a gunsmith with that reamer.
    http://www.6mmar.com/260_Imp_30_.php


    Looks like JGS makes the reamer, and could tell you the smith that has one.

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    Hotolds442, its a good idea. I did the calculation on body taper per inch to see if any would match and have the correct length neck. I do kinda regret going the road less traveled. A 260 AI would save me 80$ on dies, and 308 based brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinhood View Post
    http://www.6mmar.com/260_Imp_30_.php


    Looks like JGS makes the reamer, and could tell you the smith that has one.
    Bah. My network admin here at work considers that website "Weapons" and I'll have to open it from home. But thank you for the link.

    I did open it in "Cached" mode to read through it and will check it out again at home. 40 is a bit severe, but Mr. Ackley liked it.

    Not that I have exhausted the full potential of the stock 20 shoulder. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evlshnngns View Post
    Hotolds442, its a good idea. I did the calculation on body taper per inch to see if any would match and have the correct length neck. I do kinda regret going the road less traveled. A 260 AI would save me 80$ on dies, and 308 based brass.

    The original 6.5-08 (Ken Water's .263 Express) was on formed .243 Win brass. Just think - he missed naming the winner in 1956 by 0.001" And he had the proper twist as well.

    https://www.riflemagazine.com/magazi...110partial.pdf
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Last words of Gen. Sedgwik

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