Steinel Ammunition Revives a Classic Military Round, the 6.5 x 52mm Carcano

Unlike the current factory loaded 6.5 Carcano ammunition, Steinel’s load respects the original concept, thus providing outstanding accuracy as in its original format in 1891.

6.5 Carcano rifle

Twinsburg, Ohio (Ammoland.com) – Steinel Ammunition, a manufacturer of premium vintage military, hunting, and self-defense ammunition, tackles another milsurp round, bringing back its original accuracy performance: the 6.5 x 52mm Carcano.

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The 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge has been around since 1891, and was only phased out of military service in the 1970s. Carcano rifles were strong actions, and most used gain-twist rifling to extend barrel life and improve accuracy. Heavy for the caliber projectiles, it retained useful energy levels despite the round nose form. The original lead core bullets had poor terminal performance, so later designs filled the bullet nose with less dense aluminum to promote tumbling on impact. Nearly 3 million Carcano rifles were built, and many of them sold in the US as surplus.

Steinel Ammunition’s 6.5 Carcano ammo, photo courtesy of Oleg Volk

Unfortunately, until recently the ammunition supply did not keep up with demand. Corrosive World War II vintage or older surplus ammunition is unavailable, and what can be found should not be shot due to the uncertainties surrounding the storage conditions.  A relatively affordable PPU load is available but offers very poor accuracy due to the severely undersized bullets used in all observed samples, resulting in unstabilized projectiles right from the muzzle.

Fortunately, an excellent target load is now available from Steinel Ammunition. The new cartridges use soft point expanding bullets that provide excellent terminal effect and accuracy while promoting reliable feeding. Loaded to 1,770 fps (from 17.5in barrels), this load offers a significantly lighter recoil than the original, while retaining good terminal performance at distances reasonable with iron sights. At short range, the bullet expands to about 0.516-inch with 39-inch penetration of synthetic gel, sufficient for a double-shoulder shot on a deer. This ammunition is non-corrosive and made to much higher quality and more consistent specifications than either military surplus or other commercial loadings.

Steinel Ammunition’s new vintage military round, the 6.5×52 Carcano is available online for $31.99 a 20-rd. box.

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tetejaun
tetejaun (@tetejaun)
1 year ago

“bringing back the original accuracy performance in the 6.5 x 52mm Carcano.”
Considering that the “…Italian Carcano, in all configurations, was considered one of the most inaccurate and unreliable rifles of WW2,(Janes Military Small Arms of the World, 1991 edition) THAT is the funniest statement an ammo manufacturer has ever said.

If that is what Steinel Ammunition Co. actually believes, I would never purchase anything with their name on it.

Bruelstein
Bruelstein (@dr-steve-bruel)
10 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

I think you need a new book, it seems pretty biased to the point of misinformation. They were plenty reliable and could be pretty accurate. Hell, it was good enough for JFK. https://youtu.be/y5s31mVy7fY

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

For those commenting on the JFK murder remember this, the Govt does not want you to know “everything.”

https://www.history.com/news/final-jfk-files-assassination-documents-release

tetejaun
tetejaun (@tetejaun)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

Never forget the “magic” bullet found in pristine condition on Governor Connelly’s gurney. The “magic” bullet did not even have rifling marks it was so ‘magical’. The Federal Reserve killed John Kennedy because he had ordered the U.S. Treasury to start printing money and had planned to kick the unconstitutional Federal Reserve out. The Fed makes BILLIONS of dollars a day off Americans as it loans its worthless fiat currency to the United States which goes to one American bank and two European banks.. Considering the unconstitutional income tax, the unconstitutional gun control laws and bans, fiat money and all… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

I have several boxes of Norma 6.5 Carcano ammo from some time in the latter century with a 1.185″ long FMJ bullet that is .266″ in dia over all but the top .400″ of the tip. It has a .10″ long smooth cannelure that is .255″ in diameter. This base of this cannelure is located .10″ above the base of the bullet . The base of the jacket is folded in on the core at the base. The cartridge has 35.5 grains of very fine ball powder. If I were reloading for this round I would size down .277″ bullets… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet (@ej-harbet)
1 year ago

Now you just need to secure enough of the enblock clips to make it repeater load. These are fun milsurps to shoot but cost prohibetive

Dr. Smith
Dr. Smith (@tiggershadow2)
1 year ago

Unfortunately for a great cartridge, one reason it has fallen into disuse is that it was the ammo chosen by Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F. Kennedy. I owned and refurbished a war surplus rifle many years ago, and it became a very accurate deer rifle. Hope it can be revived, in spite of its negative history.

Oldman
Oldman (@crazyphone)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr. Smith

, I believe that LHO may have fired one shot @Kennedy, however he was no marksman and there were definitely 3 or more shots fired that day. The FBI performed tests after the asassination and their best marksmen couldn’t really duplicate the three rounds in less than four seconds + the single magic bullet theory does not hold up with what we know about projectiles going through 4 parts of a human’s anatomy.

Oldman
Oldman (@crazyphone)
1 year ago
Reply to  Oldman

@OV, I believe the fix was already in. That’s why the Feds insisted on taking Kennedy’s corpse to Bethesda for autopsy.
That way the military could do the deed and follow the orders of their higherups to not release the real autopsy results.

tetejaun
tetejaun (@tetejaun)
1 year ago
Reply to  Oldman

You guys are ON it!
Glad to see free thinking and intelligent thought.
Anyone that cannot see Kennedy was set up is in on the plot.