6,5 x 55 SE

Norma Oryx 156 gr
Weight
10.1 g / 156 gr
Ballistic coefficient
0.348

Norma Oryx 156 gr

Norma Oryx 156 gr
Product number
#20165622

​​Velocity

V0 780 m/s 2559 f/s
V100 698 m/s 2313 f/s
V200 621 m/s 2081 f/s
V300 550 m/s 1862 f/s

Energy

E0 3074 J 2267 ft.-lb.
E100 2463 J 1852 ft.-lb.
E200 1951 J 1499 ft.-lb.
E300 1527 J 1201 ft.-lb.

Winddrift

100 m 100 yds 37 mm 1.1 in
200 m 200 yds 155 mm 4.5 in
300 m 300 yds 369 mm 10.7 in

Winddrift in mm for a 5 m/s cross wind

Winddrift in inches for a 10 m.p.h cross wind

Zero range, meters

Height of trajectory above line of sight if sighted in at X meter. For sights 40mm above bore

50 m 80 m 100 m 150 m 200 m 300 m
80 -2 -8 -65 -176 -602
100 2 7 -52 -161 -578
150 20 35 35 -91 -473
200 42 71 81 69 -336

Sighting distance in yards

Height of trajectory above line of sight if sighted in at X yards. For sights 1,6 inch above bore

50 yds 100 yds 150 yds 200 yds 300 yds
50 0.1 -1.4 -4.7 -17.5
100 -0.1 -1.6 -4.9 -17.9
150 0.5 1 -2.8 -14.8
200 1.2 2.5 2.1 -10.5

6,5 x 55 SE

Contrary to common belief the 6,5x55 was not developed by Mauser, but was constructed by a joint Norwegian and Swedish military commission and introduced as the standard military cartridge in both countries in 1894. It has proven itself an extremely effective all-round cartridge ever since. More than a hundred years after its introduction it is still the standard round for competition shooting and one of the most popular hunting cartridges in all the three Scandinavian countries. Having downed a dozen moose, more than 50 caribou and three times as many roe deer with the 6,5x55 it remains my all time favorite choice for mixed European hunting.

The reasons are obvious. The moderate velocity and the long bullet combine a mild recoil and very deep penetration - decisive factors for good shooting and a quick kill - and thereby a successful hunt.

With properly constructed bullets it is considered adequate for all game from black cocks to moose. This is well documented by the fact that every season tens of thousands of moose are killed with the 6,5x55 in Norway and Sweden.

The roe is the most common deer in Europe. It only weighs up around 70 pounds and a 140 grain bullet with a moderate load is a very good choice for instant kill with minimum meat damage. The same goes for whitetails and caribou too, although the velocity here can safely be raised if a flatter trajectory is wanted. For moose the most popular choice is the heavier bullets (140 - 160 grains) at maximum velocity. Black cocks and Capercailzie are shot at ranges often exceeding 200 yards and here a 100 - 120 grain bullet is preferable in order to get the flattest possible trajectory.