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Win 6.5X55 brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kennedy, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. kennedy

    kennedy Well-Known Member

    I tried to prime my twice shot win brass last night using my Lee auto prime tool and 7 of the 25 cases would not fit into the shell holder on the priming tool, what happened? They started out as new brass and I had loaded them twice and shot them out of my M96 swede, no problems with my rem or s&b brass
  2. rattletrap1970

    rattletrap1970 Well-Known Member

    If I'm not mistaken, American Manufacture 6.5x55 has a different rim size as foreign made (actual size) 6.5. Just use an .308/.30-06 shell holder, you "should" be fine.
  3. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Most American made brass for 6.5x55 is based off standard .473" case size. The chamber specs for 6.5x55 is actually .479" at the base and rim size is .480".

    Your brass has expanded to chamber size and it's not fitting in the shell holder now. As noted, European brass usually is closer to spec than U.S. brass.

    I believe the #3 shellholder is appropriate for your priming tool. That's what Lee shows for the 6.5x55. Chances are you're using the #2.

  4. kennedy

    kennedy Well-Known Member

    yes that is what happened, I was reloading .308 before and forgot to change the shell holder in the primer.

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