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6.5-06 Brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by DEDON45, Apr 24, 2008.

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  1. DEDON45

    DEDON45 Member

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    I've got a buddy (he doesn't have internet access, believe it or not) that has jumped into the reloading "game" with me... he inherited a decent set of equipment and even reloading components from his father, along with some pretty neat mausers... well, he's got this Turkish Mauser that's chambered in 6.5-06, really sweet shooting rifle... I understand that the brass is formed from 25-06 brass or maybe .270 brass ... all the brass he has and loaded rounds are based on .25-06 brass.

    I did find that A-Square makes 6.5-06 brass, but some posts I found on a bulletin board (might have been this one) said that the case necks were too thick and required turning... anyone have experience with the A-Square brass? Also, given the cost... I'm thinking he just needs to reform the .25-06 (necking it up, I guess), he'll save a bunch of money.

    Has anyone done this before? I'm sure that case trimming (he has a case trimmer) is in order after being necked up, but can we avoid neck turning going that route? Do the case necks need to be annealed before necking up? Any hints are welcome, thanks!
     
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    I used 25-06 brass because I did not have a rifle in that caliber(and I got the brass cheap). If you go slow and lube the necks good you can expand then in one step. BUT, fire forming works better.
     
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    Brass can be formed from anything in the 30-06 family: 25-06, .270, .280, etc.
     
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    I don't load 6.5-06, but I found this on the Chuck Hawks web site. It might be interesting:

    That web site seems to favor .25-06 as the source of 6.5-06 brass, but any .30-06 brass can be formed as Freak notes.
     
  5. DEDON45

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    Yeah, on another forum most posters seem to agree on using .25-06 brass... little or no trimming, no neck turning. Just lube and run thru the die.
     
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