Go to your saved Cartridges

Your Armory

  • Your Armory is empty.

Can't find what you're looking for? Open a ticket and we will help you find it!

6.5X55 Swedish Mauser

6.5x55_mauser

Co-developed by Norway and Sweden in 1891, the 6×55mm was adopted as the battle-rifle chambering for both nations in 1894.  The misnomer, 6.5 Swedish, is a point of contention with many Norwegians, who correctly and rightly believe their country has just as much ownership to this fine cartridge design as Sweden does.  Military adoption came in the Krag-Jorgensen (Norway), 1894, and Carl Gustafson (Sweden), 1896, rifles.

Launching a 160-grain round-nosed bullet using a very fast rifling-twist rate, this cartridge soon developed a reputation for extreme accuracy and significant penetration.  As a hunting round, it has been used to cleanly dispatch tens of millions of moose in Scandinavia.  Loaded with the right bullet, it is an excellent, flat-shooting, and efficient hunting round.  It generates significantly less recoil than high-performance 7mm and 30-caliber rounds but will do the same job just as well with a well-placed shot.

As my friend, Terry Brewer, correctly observed: “There is no replacement for shot placement.”


While many countries adopted 6.5mm battle- and sporting-rifle chamberings in the same era, none of the others have had the staying power of the 6.5×55mm.  It can reasonably be considered the logical progenitor of all modern 6.5mm chamberings, many of which it is ballistically superior to; outside the biggest magnums, the only advantage any of those have is tighter ammunition and chambering tolerances, see the 6.5 Creedmoor discussion.

This round has a disconcerting way of making any serious shooter who works with one find a new passion.  Consider yourself warned.


The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
Die Sets
Lee Collet Necksizing 2-Die Set
Lee RGB Die Set
90874
Lee Full-Length Sizing Die Set
90627 (3-Die set)
Lee Breech Lock Die Set
Lee Ultimate 4-Die Set
Lee Loader
Single Dies
Full-Length Sizing Die
91054
Sizing Die
Neck Sizing Die
91009
Undersize Sizing Die
Charging Die
90194 (Long Charging Die)
Seating Die
91414
Factory Crimp Die
90837 (Collet Style)
Taper Crimp Die
Inline Bullet Feed Die
92000 (26CAL)
Die Accessories
Guided Decapper
Undersized Flash Hole Decapping Mandrel
NS5336
Undersized Mandrel
90069
Case Conditioning Tools
Case Length Gauge and Shell Holder
90126
Quick Trim Die
90337
Presses
Reloader Press (50 RPH)
Hand Press (50 RPH)
Challenger Press (50 RPH)
Classic Cast Press (50 RPH)
Value Turret Press (250 RPH)
Classic Turret Press (250 RPH)
Ultimate Turret Press (250 RPH)
Pro 1000 Press (500+ RPH)
Pro 4000 Press (500+ RPH)
Six Pack Pro Press (500+ RPH)
Shell Plates and Holders
Priming Tool Shell Holder
90203 (#3)
Universal Press Shell Holder
90520 (R3)
X-Press Shell Holder (APP)
91536 (#3)
Pro 1000 Shell Plate
90664 (#3L )
Auto Breech | Pro 4000 Shell Plate
90629 (3)
Six Pack Pro Shell Plate
91837 (3L)
Inline Bullet Feed
Inline Bullet Feed Die
92000 (26CAL)
Inline Bullet Feed Kit
92012 (26CAL )
Inline Bullet Feed Magazine
92014 (Small Inline Bullet Magazine)
Bullet Casting
Classic Bullet Sizing Kit
Breech Lock Bullet Sizer and Punch
Bullet Molds

Challenger III

From $117.00

Ultimate Turret Press

From $320.00

Deluxe APP Press Kit

91898

The Lee Deluxe Automatic Processing Press gives you the same priming convenience found only on expensive progressive reloading presses.

$155.00

Six Pack Pro Press

From $400.00