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Old June 22, 2012, 07:34 AM   #1
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6.5-06 petloads

I'm going to start working up data in the books for this chambering, does anybody have any recommendations to get me started?

Also, Is it advised to use 30-06 brass and just run it through the 6.5-06 dies?
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Old June 23, 2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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When necking down just make sure that your neck diameter isn't too thick for your chamber and you'll be fine. You probably don't have to worry about that if you use 270 Win or 280 Rem brass to form into 6.5-06, and you don't have to worry if you start with 25-06 brass and neck up.

I don't have any pet loads to give you, as I passed on a 6.5-06 a few years back at a gunshow. But you can find data all over the internet on that round.

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Old June 23, 2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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You might want to start with
http://www.handloads.com/loaddata/de...Powder&Source=
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Old June 24, 2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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Hell your right Jimro, the .270 brass would work fine,,, thanks for the replies gentlemen.
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Old June 24, 2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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You'll need to trim the 270 brass a good bit. I tried nearly every brass based on that case when I had my 6.5-06 but 25-06 brass was my favorite for ease of use.
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Old June 25, 2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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Well I'm setting on a pile of .270 win brass,,,.Is 25-06 brass as plentiful as .270 win?
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Old June 27, 2012, 06:43 PM   #7
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270 brass will have to be trimmed after sizing.......neck is too long....case was from the original 03 brass length and not the 06. The 280, 06 and 25-06 will work fine. 25-06 is not as popular as 270. If you have a lot of 270 brass, by all means use it. Just a little more work is all.
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Old June 28, 2012, 07:26 PM   #8
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I necked up 25-06 brass for mine. My load data is quite old so it is better not to post it. The 6.5-06 is a good round and I enjoyed mine very much.
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Old June 29, 2012, 01:19 PM   #9
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I got rid of my 6.5-06 over 20 years ago, don't ask why. I used 30-06 brass for mine, loaded with IMR4350 and Hornady 140 gr bullets.
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Old October 13, 2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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6.5-06 Hard to find data for

I just returned from a trip to the range. Loaded some loads I got from Handloader, May-June 1988 #133. These were the 125 grain Nosler Partition over 55 grains IMR 4831 like in the article and used a CCI200 Match primer. Don't know what they used? Were pretty accurate for first run through. Made these from necked down .270 Winchester in Winchester brass. Will try a few in the heavier brass (less internal volume) that I have. Didn't have to neck turn one single case although I have the neck turning tool ready to go. No turning necessary with Lake City .30-06 '68-'69-'72-"81 either.

Rifle is a M98 Mauser with swastika on action and a 24" bbl. Was a trial run for deer hunting next week. After deer season, will break out the chrony & check out these loads.

Would appreciate any loads you folks have come up with. Thought I would offer up this bit of info that has proved useful to me.
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Old October 14, 2012, 05:08 AM   #11
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Myself and a close friend have looked thgis caliber over and over but neither of us has actually bit into it just yet.

Even so, if I were starting off with it today, I would go for the 30-06 cases and work them down. I would probably run the necks up into a .270 die just shy of the original shoulder or far enough to just kiss it, before working them all the way down to the final size. I have found this worked quite well when sizing down 06' cases for my 25's, verses doing it all in one step.

I would most likly go with one of the 140gr bullets as these would give me somewhat the best of both worlds, I would be getting some pretty decent velocity, but have enough weight and sectional density to potentially reach out as far as I possibly wanted to (within reason) and still have plenty of energy left over. Hornady makes the 139gr SPBT which has done very well for me over the years as has the straight spire point, plus these are usually a bit ch0eaper than most of the others out there.

I would also look hard at the powders in the medium slow burn rate, and probably be starting out with RL-19 and move up and down one or two from it. I have found that RL-19 does REALLY well in calibers with this capacity and will usually give both top accuracy and velocity with the medium weight bullets. It has done exceptionally well in my 270 Win, .280 Rem, and 7mm Rem Mag.

Other than that would be primers, I have used Win WLR for so long in most of my rifle loads I would most likly start with them. If for what ever reason they didn't work out I might move over to CCI and then Wolf, just because I have a bunch I need to use up.


Hope this helps, I know it isn't much more than suggestions but that is what you asked for. There simply isn't much difference between the .257, .264, the .277, and the .284 diameters when a load is concerned, they all start off with about the same internal case capacity. If you do a bit of searching between the 25-06, .270 and the .280 and see what is working for others using them, I would figure those components would also be a decent place to start out looking for loads in your 6.5
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Old October 15, 2012, 07:34 PM   #12
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Don't use 270 brass as it's too long. Use native '06 or 25-06 brass. My next purchase of brass will be 25s to use in my 6.5-06 as I've got a 280 and an '06. When I had it built in the late 80s, 4831 gave the best performance for 120s, 129s, and 140s. My barrel was throated for 140SGK, so I could load heavier. I haven't loaded any since I got a 260, but I started with 55gr of H4831 in 120s and 129s with CCI200. My barrel twist is 1-9, so it really liked 120s and 129s better than 140s.
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Old July 19, 2013, 08:29 PM   #13
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.270 cases for making 6.5-06 & de-burring after trim job

First off, I found that by making the 6.5-06 cases out of .30-06 cases, after the first firing, they shrink and I end up with short necks, not anything you can't live with. The .270 needs alot of trimming back and you end up with this giant "mushroom" of brass to de-burr. Just run the case up into your sizing die until the neck starts to enter the sizing portion of the die and a nice little ring of brass that was sticking out falls right off-makes it easy to de-burr. The .270 cases don't get shorter either when you fireform them.

I've never used .25-06 but bet that would be the way to go. If cases were common as 30-06 cases.
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