Building a Remington 700 in 6.5×55 Swedish Mauser Part 1

Having collected mainly military surplus rifles and .22 rifles, I really fell in love with the Swedish Mauser round after shooting it in my surplus Swedish Mauser. The first time I fired it, I landed a pie plate-sized group at 200M with its iron sights.  This is probably the best first-five group I have ever fired from any of my surplus rifles, except for my K31. What surprised me the most was the very mild recoil! It felt on par with a M-16, but with it’s flat trajectory and much longer range capability, I decided to build a modern example.

I have only just started this project but will be adding to this post as I get steps completed.

Here’s the list of things I needed:

  • Remington 700 long action receiver.
  • 6.5×55 Barrel
  • Varmint style heavy stock

I ordered the Remington 700 SP DM because i really prefer the removable magazine.

Next I ordered the Krieger Heavy Varmint taper barrel. It has a 1/8 twist, 32″ length, and tapers from 1.25 to .9 thickness. I’m halfway through the 5 month lead time to receive one. Once it arrives I’ll be taking it to a local gunsmith for chambering, fitment to the receiver, and bluing. Stay tuned!

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