6.5-284 brass?

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  1. crittrgittr

    crittrgittr Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking about getting a 6.5 x 2 84. I was wondering about the availability and price of the brass. Just wondering if I can take .284 brass and size it down to the 6.5? Or do I have to buy 6.5 x 2 84 brass? If so who all makes the 6.5 x 2 84 brass? And what is the price compared to the .284? Or should I go .260?( not preffered). Sorry if this is a repeat but I'm somewhat new to the reloading forum( not reloading)
     
  2. metalhead

    metalhead Well-Known Member

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    Simply run 284 brass through a 6.5x284 die.

    At Midway Nosler, Lapua, Norma and Hornady all have 6.5x284 brass. $55/50 and up. Win is only 284 brass available at $35/50.

    260 Brass is cheaper and more readily available. You can also neck 308/7mm-08 down and 243 up to make 260.

    My advise is get what you want otherwise you'll probably regret it in the future.
     

  3. ShootnMathews

    ShootnMathews Well-Known Member

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    They were all pretty easy to get 2 months ago. Good luck Getty any of the now. Perhaps a hoarder will trade you 100 for an AR or something. Sorry, that's out of line. Just frustrated
     
  4. metalhead

    metalhead Well-Known Member

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    Very frustrating. I cant imagine he stockpile some ppl must have. Luckily I have enough to get me through to deer season, (hopefully). After then maybe things will have settled down a little
     
  5. crittrgittr

    crittrgittr Well-Known Member

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    shootnmathews,
    I hear ya. I've been trying to get an ar also. Crazy price gauging on what is for sale out there. Thanx for the help on the brass. Sounds like 284 brass through the die should work.
     
  6. BlackKnight755

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    1) With everyone running out and buying up everything that is available right now, the brass may not be readily available although if you look around you can still find a little - just dont try to buy 2000 rounds of the same lot number, aint going to happen.

    2) Price is high. I shoot only Lapua in my F-class open rifle and its around $1.50 per round. You can find other brass that is a little less expensive but I have had the best experience with the Lapua. Norma is good but it is soft, primer pockets get loose after a few firings (my experience).

    3) You can run the Winchester 284 brass through the 6.5x284 dies and use that but I choose not to. It is less expensive and if you are not as concerned with close brass tolerances like I am then you may choose that way to save money.

    4) Powder Valley lists Winchester 284 for $326 for 500 pieces and they list Lapua 6.5x284 for $115.18 for 100 pieces which would total $575.90 for 500 pieces.

    In conclusion, I would not even entertain the idea of another caliber (260) if I already had it in my mind that I didnt prefer that cartridge. One of the problems is the fact that the 6.5x284 has a rebated rim and it is the cause of some feeding problems in a hunting rifle. In single shot rifles (target) this never causes a problem as the rifle is fed one cartridge at a time. Gunsmiths work around this problem and usually are able to fix any feed problems you may encounter trying to feed out of a magazine. If you build the rifle on a short action you also need to keep in mind that you will be limited on the OAL of your load if you intend to use the magazine. I built one for hunting on a long action and can load the rounds as long as I want them with no problems with long OAL rounds.

    I hope this helps some as I tried to answer all your questions but if you have more questions, pm me your phone number and I will try to answer any other questions you may have. Good luck, BK
     
  7. ShootnMathews

    ShootnMathews Well-Known Member

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    I never thought about the recessed rim causing loading problems. Right now ivebeen single loading my LRH because I'm still working on the load. Ill have to try the mag to see.
     
  8. crittrgittr

    crittrgittr Well-Known Member

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    Thanx all. Black ignt755 you helped a lot. That was very helpful. I didn't realize the recessed rim either. I am pretty set on the 6.5-284 for caliber. Sounds like the few extra bucks for lapua is worth it. Thanx again to everyone.
     
  9. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I have shooting 6.5x284's for quite some time. Never had an issue with a failure to feed. I dont think I worry about too much even if I did with the 6.5x284.:D
     
  10. skinny pedal

    skinny pedal Well-Known Member

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    I have a 6.5 x 284 savage lrh and use the lapua brass and it will shoot a dime size group at 200 every time .. i love it.
     
  11. crittrgittr

    crittrgittr Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the lrh in 6.5-284 is a good setup. Thanx guys