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D*nk said: Does anyone have any experience with light bullets for things like wolves in 6.5 Swedish mauser?
m*dgunner49 said: I've used both the Sierra 85 gr JHP and the Speer 100 gr HP (both old and new(er) versions. What are you looking for exactly???
N*rthman999 said: My scoped/full wood 96 shoots 95vr VMAX into about 2" at 200 yards. It is a bit more accurate with longer/heavier bullets, but this is fine hunting accuracy.
b*arhunter said: As with any rifle, accuracy is dependent on many things. Bedding, chamber alignment with the bore, bore diameter vs bullet diameter, rate of twist, tightness of chamber, throat or land wear etc. There's lots more things that will cause a rifle to shoot well or badly. Then we have the greatest of all variables, the shooter. I have never been able to get one of the Swede M38 or M96 Mausers to shoot light bullets, 100 grain and less, well. At least, not tack drivers. Usually around 3 inches at a hundred yards. 130 grain and up or anything close, an M38/96 Mauser with an excellent bore and dry bedding can and do shoot into an inch, sometimes less at 100 yards. That's been my experience with at least a dozen of these fine milsurps. 2 inch groups at 100 yds, is plent good enough for coyotes out to 200 or so yards. Not good for gophers, over 50 yards. The heavier 130 grain bullets are only slightly more expensive and recoil is similar. Stick with the heavier bullets IMHO. As with everything else, there is always an exception to the norm. Maybe you're one of the lucky ones. I suspect that you aren't though, or you wouldn't be asking the question.
D*nk said: I've used both the Sierra 85 gr JHP and the Speer 100 gr HP (both old and new(er) versions. What are you looking for exactly??? Just looking for experience with shooting light bullets accurratly in a rifle that was designed to shoot 160 gr bullets.
m*dgunner49 said: Although the 85's worked OK the 100 gr is about the lightest I go now in the Swede. I picked up about 1500 of the older Speer with the gaping HP, noticeably larger than the newer production and am working my way thru them with good result. I've shot a couple of coyotes and they have been devastating. I've also had excellent results with the Nosler Ballistic Tip in bot 100 and 120 gr versions...