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Old 11-10-2018, 11:20 AM
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Make a silicone mold and the make resin/plastic parts
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:58 PM
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Any progress on this project?
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Old 11-26-2018, 05:49 PM
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Fine cal the 6.5 x55 swedish. I will stick with my Tikki T-3 and Husky M38. Great shooting round!!
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:43 PM
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another caliber possibility which would eliminate all of the above problems w/6.5x55 would be the tried and tested .256 newton.
I have two on 03a3 and 03 receivers and they feed fine through the mag as is.
more case capacity/greater velocity and uses bullets from 95 gr up through 160's.
just saying
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:18 PM
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Making and placing a 6.5mmx55 chambered barrel on an 03a3 or 1903 receiver would be fairly easy, but as you mention getting the follower to work on the Swede casings has to be addressed.

Also, How do you plan to machine the 03A3 bolt face? The 6.5 Swedish takes a different size shell holder than the 30-06 does, and this would mean that you need a bolt face which is also proper.

I have an 03A3 which had the bolt machined to take a (larger dimension) belted magnum cartridge and some metal of the bolt had to be removed. But isn't the 6.5 Swedish casing smaller than the 30-06?
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:32 PM
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Making and placing a 6.5mmx55 chambered barrel on an 03a3 or 1903 receiver would be fairly easy, but as you mention getting the follower to work on the Swede casings has to be addressed.

Also, How do you plan to machine the 03A3 bolt face? The 6.5 Swedish takes a different size shell holder than the 30-06 does, and this would mean that you need a bolt face which is also proper.

I have an 03A3 which had the bolt machined to take a (larger dimension) belted magnum cartridge and some metal of the bolt had to be removed. But isn't the 6.5 Swedish casing smaller than the 30-06?
That's why I suggested the 260 rem
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:18 PM
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Any progress on this project?
I was out of town for the holidays but am back at it. I've made a good amount of progress on the Garand side of the project, but am still waiting on quotes for the '03s. I don't want to order from Criterion without at least getting a price from the other manufacturers that said they could make them.

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Fine cal the 6.5 x55 swedish. I will stick with my Tikki T-3 and Husky M38. Great shooting round!!
Yeah, I'm absolutely in love with the caliber... It's too bad nobody mass-produced rifles with receiver-mounted peep sights. I wish I had an M63, but they're out of my price range.

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another caliber possibility which would eliminate all of the above problems w/6.5x55 would be the tried and tested .256 newton.
I have two on 03a3 and 03 receivers and they feed fine through the mag as is.
more case capacity/greater velocity and uses bullets from 95 gr up through 160's.
just saying
I think if anything I'd go for 6.5-06, but there's just something I love about the smaller 6.5x55 and .260 Rem. And they're easier on the barrels...

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Making and placing a 6.5mmx55 chambered barrel on an 03a3 or 1903 receiver would be fairly easy, but as you mention getting the follower to work on the Swede casings has to be addressed.

Also, How do you plan to machine the 03A3 bolt face? The 6.5 Swedish takes a different size shell holder than the 30-06 does, and this would mean that you need a bolt face which is also proper.

I have an 03A3 which had the bolt machined to take a (larger dimension) belted magnum cartridge and some metal of the bolt had to be removed. But isn't the 6.5 Swedish casing smaller than the 30-06?
The 6.5x55 has a .480 case head as opposed to the 30-06's .473. They also have a thicker rim. Having said that, I've tried 5 different Garand bolts (with regular GI extractors) and all of them worked. Similarly, I've tried 3 different '03 bolts (also with GI extractors), and all of them worked once I figured out the magazine block. This leads me to conclude that the military bolt faces have enough of a tolerance built in that no more material needs to be removed. I assume that the same is true for the extractors.

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That's why I suggested the 260 rem
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Yeah, the first few may well be in .260 Rem. If anything I might cut the throats a bit deeper than normal so that the COAL can be increased a little to take advantage of the longer magazine.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:57 PM
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I hope this project did not die. Fascinating stuff. I was just searching for 6.5 swede builds on 03's and found this thread.


A year ago I saw a 03a3 sporter on gunbroker, but it did not sell and the seller never relisted it.


Following and interested. I'll check the Garand thread.


JR
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:42 AM
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Guy, I like the 6.5 Swede but its not going to outperform a 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Remington and I doubt it out performs the 270 Win or 6.5/06. The later two calibers are so over looked these days but are top performers for long range precision shooting. The simple solution to me is go with a 270 Win or 6.5/06 barrel and off to the races.
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