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Project 30-06: Part One

By Aaron Carr

My old faithful rifle was a 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser. It was accurate and while I had downed a few animals with it, the cartridge didn't have quite the stopping power that I was after.


I shoot home-loaded ammunition with Hornady 140gr SST projectiles going 2500 fps, but I had lost three big boars and was not happy with how far deer would run before dropping with shots I knew were well placed. Furthermore, the rifle was in its seventh decade of life and was a bit of a tank to carry around. As much as I loved the old girl, I concluded that the Swede had to go.


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