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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
Wolfe Publishing Group
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The Ultimate Reloading Manual


6.5x68mm RWS / 6.5x68Rmm RWS

6.5x68mm RWS / 6.5x68Rmm RWS
Warning! Notes: Historical Notes: This cartridge was developed by RWS about 1938-39 and marketed in the spring of 1940. At one time, the German-made Vom Hofe rifles were available for this round, and it is occasionally referred to as the 6.5mm Vom Hofe Express. It is listed in late RWS and Hirtenberger catalogs and a few American-made custom rifles have been made for it. General Comments: The 6.5x68mm is the most powerful of the many European 6.5mm cartridges. In dimensions and performance, it is similar to the 264 Winchester Magnum, except that the 264 has a belted case. On paper, the 6.5x68mm boasts a higher velocity with the 93-grain bullet than the 264 with the 100-grain. It has an extremely flat trajectory. With the light bullet, this would be important mostly for long-range varmint shooting. Arguments as to which of the two is more powerful are rather academic because with the same bullet weight, chamber pressure and barrel length, there really is not much difference. It is largely a matter of personal choice and which rifle you prefer. Regardless, the 6.5x68mm is a terrific ultra-velocity small-bore cartridge and would be a good all-round cartridge for North American hunting. It is capable of cleanly killing anything from varmint to grizzly bear if the hunter does his part and uses the proper bullet. (Cartridges of the World 12th Edition)
Be Alert: Publisher cannot be responsible for errors in published load data.
Wt. Bullet Powder Manufacturer Powder Charge Velocity (FPS)
87 SP Hodgdon H-4831 Subscribe 3700
Remarks: energy: 2710; source: Hodgdon
120 SP Hodgdon H-4831 Subscribe 3300
Remarks: energy: 2980; source: Hodgdon
140 SP Hodgdon H-4831 Subscribe 3000
Remarks: energy: 2800; source: Hodgdon