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The 6.5×55mm Swedish (designated as the 6.5×55 Swedish by the SAAMI and 6,5 × 55 SE by the C.I.P.) is a first-generation smokeless powder rimless bottlenecked rifle cartridge.
Other common names for this cartridge include 6.5×55mm and 6.5×55mm Swedish Mauser and less commonly 6.5×55mm Mauser and 6.5×55mm Krag.
It was developed in 1891 for use in the new service rifles then under consideration by the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway.
The Swedish-Norwegian Rifle Commission started its work in 1891. After extensive ballistic tests where different calibers were tested (8 mm, 7.5 mm, 7 mm, 6.5 mm, etc.), the optimal quality was determined to be 6.5 mm (0.256 in). Following this decision, a joint Norwegian-Swedish commission was established in December 1893.
The 6.5×55mm Swedish cartridge has a smaller bullet diameter and lowers free recoil than other full-power service rifle cartridges like the .30-06 Springfield and 7.92×57mm Mauser.
- Type: Military Rifle
- Place of origin: United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
- In service: 1894–1995
- Used by: United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
- Designed: 1891
- Produced: 1894–present
- Bullet diameter: 6.71 mm (0.264 in)
- Neck diameter: 7.60 mm (0.299 in)
- Shoulder diameter: 11.04 mm (0.435 in)
- Base diameter : 12.20 mm (0.480 in)
- Rim diameter: 12.20 mm (0.480 in)
- Rim thickness: 1.50 mm (0.059 in)
- Case length: 55.00 mm (2.165 in)
- Overall length: 80.00 mm (3.150 in)
- Case capacity: 3.75 cm3 (57.9 gr H2O)
- Rifling twist: 220 mm (1-8.66 in)
- Primer type: large rifle
- Maximum pressure: (C.I.P.) 380.0 MPa (55,110 psi)
- Maximum pressure: (SAAMI) 351.6 MPa (51,000 psi)
|100gr (6g)HP||3,183ft/s (970m/s)||2,250ft⋅lbf (3,050J)|
|120gr (8g)BT||2,812 ft/s (857m/s)||2,108 ft⋅lbf (2,858J)|
|140gr(9g)SP||2,651ft/s (808m/s)||2,185ft⋅lbf (2,962J)|
|140.4gr(9g)DK||2,854ft/s (870m/s)||2,540ft⋅lbf (3,440J)|
|160gr(10g)EVO||2,559ft/s (780m/s)||2,266 ft⋅lbf(3,072J)|
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