6.5-06 Help

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by milo-2, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. milo-2

    milo-2 Well-Known Member

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    I'm about to have 6.5-06 built, and have been acquiring parts and components, lacking just a DBM setup, and trigger, but have at least 2 months to find them.

    Question is, what powder does anyone recommend? I was thinking Norma MRP because of availability, but have been stockpiling RL 25 for use in other guns. I'm thinking the 25 will be a good match for 136-140gr bullets, any thoughts?

    By Berger's and Hornady's manuals, it doesn't look like I'll have to play the powder fight game going on right now, as powders listed aren't the highly sought after ones.
     
  2. stomp442

    stomp442 Well-Known Member

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    Case capacities are nearly identical to that of the 6.5-284. Retumbo is my go to powder with the 6.5-06 or 6.5-284 with H4831 being a good choice as well.
     

  3. milo-2

    milo-2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks stomp, but that is what I'm trying to avoid right now, the "Hodgdon" craze!
    I've had the opportunity to buy these powders lately, but just don't want to get dependent on them, without buying 20lbs upfront.
     
  4. stomp442

    stomp442 Well-Known Member

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    I understand completely but unfortunately that's the only powders I have data with. These are what I used when I built mine so I have stuck to them. Hope you find something that works.
     
  5. Trnelson

    Trnelson Well-Known Member

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    R-25 is a pretty reliable place to start looking. H4831sc is also a good choice. R-22 may well merit some investigation. I've not played with MRP. I'd like to see what you find.
     
  6. BRIT

    BRIT Well-Known Member

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    Hi.
    I use N165 in my 6.5X284. Should work a treat in the 06 case.

    Brit.
     
  7. horsefor4

    horsefor4 Well-Known Member

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    Mrp is almost the same as rl 22. I have a 6.5x284 and a 6.5-06 as stated 4831 is great but you should have some luck with map. I have also been playing with mag pro with some good success
     
  8. milo-2

    milo-2 Well-Known Member

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    Any more thoughts on RL 25 for this case? The brown santa showed up yesterday with 10 more lbs of it, I'm getting quite a stash.
     
  9. BRIT

    BRIT Well-Known Member

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    Hi Horse4for.
    Do you find the loads for your 6.5x284 and 6.5-06 more or less interchangeable?

    Brit
     
  10. horsefor4

    horsefor4 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Brit no they are not but close the 6.5-06 ai has a little more case capacity. The standard 6.5-06 and the 6.5x284 are very similar.
     
  11. BRIT

    BRIT Well-Known Member

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    My mistake Sir. Had not realised you were running the Ackley version. Nice cartridge and I had given it serious thought before opting for the 6.5x284.

    Brit.