6,5 x 55 SE

Norma Vulkan 156 gr
Weight
10.1 g / 156 gr
Ballistic coefficient
0.354

Norma Vulkan 156 gr

Norma Vulkan 156 gr
Product number
#20165562

​​Velocity

V0 780 m/s 2559 f/s
V100 700 m/s 2318 f/s
V200 624 m/s 2090 f/s
V300 554 m/s 1875 f/s

Energy

E0 3074 J 2271 ft.-lb.
E100 2473 J 1862 ft.-lb.
E200 1967 J 1513 ft.-lb.
E300 1548 J 1218 ft.-lb.

Winddrift

100 m 100 yds 36 mm 1.1 in
200 m 200 yds 152 mm 4.4 in
300 m 300 yds 361 mm 10.5 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 -178 -601
100 3 7 -53 -161 -576
150 20 35 35 -117 -471
200 43 71 81 68 -334

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 1.1 -1.3 -4.6 -17.4
100 -0.1 -1.6 -4.9 -17.8
150 0.5 1 -2.3 -12
200 1.2 2.5 2.1 -10.4

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.