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long military throat. Another cartridge that made a name for itself due to the Mauser family of rifles is the 6.5x55 Swedish. It was A CARTRIDGE that made a name for itself due to the Mauser chambered in the family of rifles is the 6.5x55 Swedish. It was chambered in the Model 94 and the Model 94 and the more popular Model 96. Even though the more popular Model Model 96 was made by Mauser, it was also manufactured in the Swedish armories. Shown are Mauser Model 96 rifle and 96. Even though the Model 96 was made by carbine. Mauser, it was also a jacketed 284-caliber 175-grain round manufactured in the Swedish armories with nose bullet at about 2,300 fps. It proved their, at the time, renowned steel. All the itself in the Spanish American War against ones that I have seen and shot are well us, and from there became an extremely made and accurate. popular military rifle/cartridge in the Latin The original load was a 156-grain round American countries, as well as many other nose at around 2,300 fps. Later, when areas in the world. Because the Mauser spitzer bullets became the norm, the load could easily be sporterized into a fine hunt- was changed to 139 grains at 2,600 fps. The ing firearm, and the cartridge lent itself to popularity of the 6.5 Swede in Scandinavia be a great game getter, hunters all over the for hunting, as well as a target round, is world used it for all sorts of big game, in- like the .30-06 is to the U.S. Even in the cluding elephants — with solid bullets shot U.S. there is a strong following for the by hunters who knew where to send one. Swede. I use a rebarreled Springfield “03” The 7x57 is still a popular cartridge, and in the 6.5 for match shooting. Loaded with most rifle manufacturers have it in at least 140-grain Sierra Match King bullets or the one model of their bolt actions. Through- 140-grain Hornady A-MAX with a charge out the years I have owned at least a half of IMR 4831, it competes nicely out to 600 dozen rifles chambered for it, and the mili- yards, and it has given me some of my best tary models have all shot within three scores. inches at 100 yards, while most commerThe choice of 264-caliber bullets for the cial/sporterized scoped ones have shot with 6.5 range from 95 to 160 grains, covering an inch and a half or less. Today I have varmints to deer and black bears, with the only one, and that is a Winchester Model 140-grain bullet being the most popular. 70 with a Redfield Widefield 2-7x scope. Anyone who shoots this cartridge knows It will toss my favorite 150- to 154-grain how versatile it is, as well as what a real loads around 2,600 fps. pleasure it is to shoot, and most rifle manuIt is a versatile cartridge, as handloaders facturers carry it in their lines. can choose bullets anywhere from 100 As good as the Model 96 was, Paul grains at more than 3,000 fps for varmints, Mauser wasn’t satisfied with the design, and to 139- to 154-grain pills at 2,500 plus fps in 1898 came out with the Model 98, which for deer, up to the 160- to 175-grain bul- would become the comparative benchmark lets at around 2,400 fps for larger game. of all bolt actions to come. It incorporated Most shooters go for the 140- to 160-grain several changes, including an inside collar bullets. If you are shooting lighter bullets in the receiver ring for extra strength, an in a sporterized military rifle you will find extra safety lug on the bolt in case of a lug that you’ll probably have to seat them far- failure of the two forward locking lugs, an ther out for optimum accuracy, due to the improved firing pin design that would al62 GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009

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

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009
Contents
10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Where the Buffalo Roamed
The Smile Tells the Tale
Friends & Flat Tails
Opening Days Gone By
Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
Even in August
Man’s Best Friend?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 1
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 8
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Where the Buffalo Roamed
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Smile Tells the Tale
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Friends & Flat Tails
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Opening Days Gone By
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Even in August
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Man’s Best Friend?
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Crossings
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