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6.5 Creedmoor questions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by stubbicatt, May 12, 2008.

  1. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    All. The folks at Midway indicate that they have some of the components and dies for the 6.5 Creedmoor. They only list a Hornady die set. Do you guys know whether anybody else will be offering dies for this novel cartridge?

  2. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Don`t know if others will offer dies but Hornady developed the cartridge and their dies are very good IMO. On par with RCBS and better then Lyman or Lee.
    BTW I have the "old" Hornady smooth stemed sizers and never had the trouble others posted about with them. I`m sure they were honest problems, I just never experianced them. The dies I have in 260, 270, and 6.5x55 all load ammo as straight as or straighter then my RCBS and Reddings do, and the tapered expander drags noticable less. Plus the price was right when I bought them.
    They have improved the expander stem and hopefully ended any problems there. I`ve no problem with recommending them if that is all you find in the cartridge you need.
  3. ocabj

    ocabj Senior Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Riverside, CA

    This is mainly a Creedmoor Sports and Hornady exclusive cartridge right now.

    I'm sure Redding and RCBS will develop dies for it soon, especially if it picks up in popularity. I have Hornady die sets for .40S&W, 7.5x55 Swiss, and the .308 Neck-Only bushing sizer (with shoulder sizing) and I think their dies are high quality. I also had Hornady .260 Remington dies, but sold them after I sold off my .260 project gun. The .260 dies were good, especially when I was necking up Lapua .243 brass to make .260 brass.

    I thought about trying 6.5 Creedmoor out in a Savage bolt gun and some of the other HP shooters I know thought about it as well. A couple concerns I heard voiced was mainly the brass, which appears to be only provided by Hornady at this time. But in my experience, Hornady brass has been pretty decent.

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