The forum thread about the 6.5x55 Garand is here:Wow! A Swede Garand, that's something. Is it as accurate as an AG 42?
I shoot the same load as for my AG42b: Nosler 140 gr CC over 45 gr Rel 22 or Vihta Vuori N165. I put a light crimp in the case neck with the Lee crimp die. The crimp only indents the mouth of the case but does not deform the bullet....What bullet, load, velocity do you shoot in your Garand?
I FLR for the Ljungman and Garand. Fired 6.5x55 cases are too fat to load 8 rds into the Garand clip comfortably, so I FLR. I have Lee NS dies but mainly use the .303 die along with a shoulder bump die, since .303 does not last long when FLR'd.The use of the Lee crimp die has improved the accuracy of my rounds.
I shoot semi-autos very seldom because cleaning takes me a long time.
A few very accurate ones are available.
For your Garand do you full length size, or neck size and knock back the shoulder a bit?
I didn't know the French had 8x57 rifles! Of course, the French desire anything the superior, blue eyed ,blond Germans have.Ask the French.