Originally Posted by dmgreene
Was wondering about forming 6.5 AI cases. If I remember right, I think Kirby wrote that he used 25-06 brass and simply loaded with boat tail bullets without having to neck size. Now that Nosler makes 280 AI brass would it be a better option to just neck size that brass down to 6.5 and have a case that is ready to go?
Make sure to check the chamber length on your rifle... the 06 case is 2.494", and the 280 Rem is 2.540".
Make sure that you don't pinch the bullet at the step of the mouth.
Also... the neck/shoulder on the 6.5-06 is 2.175".
The neck shoulder for the 280 AI is also 2.175", so you will have to set back the shoulder about 15 thou for the smaller neck size.
But the biggest thing is that most shooters don't think Nosler brass is so good. Depending on who you talk to, it is made by either Hornady, or Winchester... is it worth the premium price??
I don't know any serious shooters that are using it.
I would fire form the cases from 30-06 Lapua brass. Much more better brass.