Casing sources..??

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  1. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Very soon now I'll be venturing into unknown ground.....reloading fireformed casings..! 25-06AI.

    It "appears" that I can also use 30-06 casings; run them thru the 25-06 die; fireform them into "AI" casings and from them on use the "AI" dies I have. Both 30-06 and 25-06 are 2.494 long
    BUT!!..

    A 270 and a 280 are 30-06 castoffs...and are 2.540 long. Can I run them thru the 25-06 die; TRIM TO PROPER LENGTH; load them and then fireform them into "AI" casings??

    Any help appreciated

    Sully
     
  2. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Never mind. I received an answer that my time was worth more than 20 cents an hour and to have to ream too thick of necks etc..etc...just spend that amount of time seeking a supply of 25-06 casings.

    Thanks guys
     

  3. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    Don't know how much you are wanting to spend on brass but I just bought some Norma 25-06 brass and it is excellent. No trimming..only thing I had to do was uniform the primer pockets and chamfer the inside of the case. No dents in the cases and none had to be thrown away. Much better quality than rem or win.
     
  4. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    The $$ for 25-06 casings wasnt any problem...it was "availablity" is all. Sometimes places are out of them.!! And I thought I could take a 30-06 or a 270 or ?? and resize it...trim it and blow it out and be good to go. Forgot about necks being too thick and that sort of thing!!! Its the little things that always jump up and bite ya in the butt!!!
     
  5. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know why more people don't use the 25-06 or the 25-06AI. Both are good antelope and deer rifles. I would get mine rebarreled to the AI version but I'm too lazy haha. I am sold on the Norma brass.
     
  6. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    Nosler has it in stock
     
  7. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    At times it actually helps accuracy to use brass from a larger caliber and neck down/fireform it. I do this on my 7stw if I need brass and can't get stw brass. I simply run 375 h&h brass into a long set 300 die, then into the 7stw die to form the shoulder, fireform, and trim to length.
    The slightly thicker brass will fill the neck area of the chamber better on most guns, but on a really tight necked gun, you may have to turn your necks.
     
  8. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    I just bought my first batch of Norma brass yesterday, in .25/06 no less:)

    I must agree the quality is excellent as far as consistency goes. On the other hand, I use necked down .30/06 too and have never had any issues with neck thickness. I'm sure the .270 and .280 would work as well with the requisite trimming.

    Bob
     
  9. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    My smith chambers them close and relatively tight necks. Not so the casings require turning all the time...but there aint much slop at all in them

    I just ordered 200 25-06 so that should hold me awhile....since I have to load them and fireform them......and he doesnt even have the parts in yet from me to put the dammed thing together.....lol
     
  10. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting...Norma makes 25-06 brass and Lapua doesnt?????
     
  11. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    Yup..Lapua does not. The Norma brass is really nice too.
     
  12. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Lefty, Is it easier to do 375 H&H brass than 8mm rem mag? Is the 375 H&H made by Lapua? What lasts longest in 7stw for you? Thanks
     
  13. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather shoot correct headstamp, but if I have extra of one round and am short on another(or can't get the case and can get another) I'll do it. Reformed and blown out brass doesn't seem to last as long as the real mccoy, but a bit of necking never hurt brass life for me at all. I routinely shoot 25-06 and 30-06 in my 270, and I've never had trouble. I've used up 100 375's necked and blown out to 7stw and they all went at least 5 firings(after 2 or 3 as 375's) and some went a couple more. If you reform and blow out unfired brass, they will do a bit better. I also switched rifles while shooting up this brass, and the new rifle's long headspace beat the brass up good.