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Lock, Stock & Barrel By Jim Romanelli The 6.5 Comeback F OR MORE THAN 100 years cartridges chambered in 6.5mm have had a pretty good following in European countries, especially in Scandinavia. Here in the U.S., though, the 264-caliber (caliber conversion of the 6.5mm) has been a bit of an anomaly. Our first attempt was in 1913 from the rifle inventor/businessman named Charles Newton. He designed a multi-lug bolt action that was ahead of its time, along with several high velocity cartridges. One of those cartridges was called the .256 NewJapanese Arisaka in 6.5x50mm and the Mannlicher Schoenauer in 6.5x54mm are among them. The only ones that gained any kind of popularity in the U.S. were the Schoenauer and Swedish Mauser cartridges. The common theme for all these early (1890-1905) 6.5 high velocity rounds was that they initially threw long, heavy (in relation to their caliber), round-nose bullets of around 150-160 grains. In a fast twist barrel (7½- to 9-inch) at speeds around 2,200 to 2,400 fps, they had great penetration when using expandable bullets on game out to moderate ranges (200 yards). It was about the time of WWI when military bullets were redesigned to a lighter spitzer shape (around 140 grains) that produced higher velocity, as well as extending the lethal accuracy much farther. By the 1950s the 6.5mm had garnered enough interest among American sportsmen that Winchester brought out the .264 Winchester Magnum (1958). At that time in American shooting sports there was the “need for speed,” and this fit the bill by throwing a 100-grain bullet at around 3,500 fps and a 140-grain slug at 3,000 fps out of 26-inch barrels. Later on, handloaders could load 85- to 160-grain bullets to fit their hunting needs as they saw fit. With longer barrels this was an ex61 THE UPPER RIFLE is the author’s Springfield ’03 in 6.5x55 Swede. The bottom rifle is a Savage Model 12F 6.5x284 with a Schmidt & Bender scope. Popular 6.5 cartridges include: .264 Winchester Magnum, 6.5 Remington Magnum, 6.5x284, .260 Remington and 6.5x55 Swedish. ton (although it was a 264-caliber) that sent 120- and 129-grain bullets in the vicinity of 2,750 fps. As his rifle company failed by the 1920s, so did his cartridges, and by 1938 the .256 Newton was no longer in production. After WWII there was a great influx of surplus foreign rifles in a variety of 6.5 cartridges. The Model 91 Italian Carcano in 6.5x52mm, the Model 94 and 96 Swedish Mausers chambered for the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser cartridge, the Model 38 APRIL 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
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