I'm also a little concerned about it being too high pressure for the old mauser 1896 action. I can't find any warnings on it, but it does kick a good bit harder than the 140gr federal loads I'm using.
The M96 action is as strong as any modern action, actually stronger than some. True, it lacks the third locking lug of the Mauser 98 but so do most modern rifles. The main problem of the M96 was that it didn't handle gas from a ruptured case as well as the M98. And in those days, ruptured cases were pretty common. Nowadays, with modern brass in good condition, that isn't much of a concern.
Nope, there is no reason to worry about shooting high pressure loads in a M96. In Sweden, those M96s were often converted to .308s and other very high pressure cartridges for use in target shooting and the like. And European 6.5x55 ammo is loaded very hot compared to US ammo.
As for the PRVI ammo, why wouldn't it work great on deer? Deer are easy to kill. You don't need a TSX to kill a deer.
This post was edited on 11/21 at 2:44 pm