Does anyone know where I can find a set of dies for a 6.5-280AI? I am going to have one built this summer and looking around for the dies. I was going to do a 6.5-06AI which I have found dies for, but then I found out Norma makes 280AI brass so I changed to a 6.5-280AI....that and its something almost no one has heard of (at least the few people I have talked to about it). I am new to reloading and this is my first custom ever so I'm still learning as I go. Thanks for the help!
It depends on which smith I choose. I smith said he does have it, while the other said no and he'd have to rent it. However, the one that would have to rent it has other things in stock that I want that the other doesn't.....sooooo, still deciding. I'm still saving up the money for it now, but HOPEFULLY will have the funds by summer. It's my first custom, so I'll make sure to post lots of pics whenever I finally get it lol I still may go back to the 6.5-06AI since dies are cheaper and brass is too, but I like the idea of not fireforming, but on the flip side dies and brass are twice as much.
I've aborted from the project twice actually. The first time I ended up making a 700ADL donor into a 35 whelen that has been a wonderful value priced hog killer. The second time I got a savage 112, sold the components and held the action, then dumped the action to divert funds toward a 260 rem tactical match rifle, fully custom.
The whelen may still re-incarnate one day into its original 6.5 plan... We'll see. That's why I'll be so interested in what route you choose and how it works out. fiftydriver (I think) posted about making 6.5-06ai from 25-06 brass super easy, search around and you'll find it...
if you DO go with 6.5-06ai what choices in dies have you found?
Last edited by loaders_loft; 01-13-2010 at 08:40 PM.
It's funny you mention the 35 whelen because I was originally going to make it a 338-06 after reading 2 articles that both said it was the round the 35 whelen should have been lol Basically was going to be a bear and hog (if I ever go) gun and could possibly take it after elk (all shots for all game would be less than 200 yards). I can't remember honestly off the top of my head where I saw the 6.5-06AI dies, I'd have to research again. I hate having to wait because I keep changing my mind, I think the 6.5-280AI is about the 10th caliber I've decided on lol