My dad is a big fan of this caliber and already has several Mausers for it. And brass.
We are looking at an AK build in this caliber. According to the small amount of data I can find, the chamber pressure for the 6.5x55 is up to around 46,000 CUP/51,000 PSI. That is around the .308 pressures.
I'm thinking a quick and easy conversion will consist of:
- Saiga .308 conversion $600
- New barrel $250
- COmpliance parts $100?
The magazine is the stickler on this. Since the cartridge is slightly longer than .308, I am not sure if the .308 magazine will work. I am looking at some different caliber surplus mags in case we need to do a complete magazine conversion. Any thoughts or shortcuts anyone can think of?