Should I get a 6.5 PRC

Hugnot

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My concerns are brass availability - I have a nice donor Ruger MKII magnum face, action that feeds my one dummy range brass 6.5 PRC round perfectly and a McGowen 6.5, 8 twist, Douglas #5, Ruger MKII threaded but unchambered barrel is waiting for me at McGowen.

The 6.5 PRC round looks so nice!

My thoughts are to not proceed unless I have 100 rounds or so of 6.5 PRC brass secured. I have a modest amount of VN165, PP4000MR, R-S Magnum, RL23, & about 1 pound of H1000. My uses would be shooting steel out to 1,000 with 140's & rodents with 120 grain ELDM's.

Is there a brass source that I have not found? Will more brass, especially Lapua, be available in December 2021?
 
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gearguywb

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Brass is becoming more available. I had a tough time at first but in the last few months both Hornday and Lapua started showing up in various places.
 

Snyderite

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Get one! I just built one and I've found some ammo around for about 50 a box. I've got 100 pieces of brass so far and another 100 rounds to shoot.
 

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I bought a 6.5 PRC in a Mauser18. I got it around January. I had a hard time finding brass at first. Around May I got 50 Nosler Brass from Graf & sons. In July Hornady ammo started showing up sports stores here. I bought about six boxes and worked on loads and setting up my rifle. In Sept I picked up 100 Lapua brass at a local store and cancelled a backorder I had put in March with an online seller.
I have plenty of brass now but it will be next year working on loads. I like the round. Hard to get bullets now but I use the ones I got for my Creedmoor. Still used Creedmoor in WY this year.
 

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What are you planning on hunting? If it's just deer, I'd go creedmoor and use your current acction for something else. I love my PRC, but I only got it with elk on the menu. Brass is hard to find at reasonable prices and the Magnum powders (H1000, RL-26) always seem to be hard to get. On the flip side, creedmoor brass, ammo, and powders are usually obtainable. Depending on the loads there is a sizable speed gap, but I wouldn't sweat it for deer.
 

Hugnot

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Responses gave me insight of what shooters think - thanks all. Given the rate of inflation & uncertainties of supply I might just put it away for eventual chambering & fitting for the exciting 6.5 PRC, pedestrian 6.5 Creedmore, or common 6.5-06. Barrels wear out & I have a 6.5-.308, 6.5X47L, & 6.5-06 (abundant cheap brass, relatively high velocities, but not so long barrel life).
 

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Don’t put it away. Build it! I’ve been shooting mine for a couple of years now and I’ve been happy with the round. Finding brass was tough in the beginning but I’ve seen many people selling it on this site. I don’t think components are any harder to find for this round than others, you just have to be fast when they pop up.
 

HunterMann

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I am seeing more brass and bullets being available across the board, but it is still spotty in my veiw. I think the 6.5 PRC is a great round, but must confess I don't own one yet. The 6.5 PRC has been pretty popular and I would bet that components will become available faster compared to the other 6.5's you mention. Get yourself on several waiting/notification lists and start your build. If you build it, the cases will come along...
 

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It's a great cartridge without question but with things the way they are today, no..... Go will a plain Jane cartridge that is time tested and has a reasonable chance of actually being able to find something for....
 

Lefty G-gear

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My concerns are brass availability - I have a nice donor Ruger MKII magnum face, action that feeds my one dummy range brass 6.5 PRC round perfectly and a McGowen 6.5, 8 twist, Douglas #5, Ruger MKII threaded but unchambered barrel is waiting for me at McGowen.

The 6.5 PRC round looks so nice!

My thoughts are to not proceed unless I have 100 rounds or so of 6.5 PRC brass secured. I have a modest amount of VN165, PP4000MR, R-S Magnum, RL23, & about 1 pound of H1000. My uses would be shooting steel out to 1,000 with 140's & rodents with 120 grain ELDM's.

Is there a brass source that I have not found? Will more brass, especially Lapua, be available in December 2021?
Gee. It is so expensive these days. - I bought PRC ammo 2-years ago when things were normal.
Insane!



 

Lefty G-gear

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My concerns are brass availability - I have a nice donor Ruger MKII magnum face, action that feeds my one dummy range brass 6.5 PRC round perfectly and a McGowen 6.5, 8 twist, Douglas #5, Ruger MKII threaded but unchambered barrel is waiting for me at McGowen.

The 6.5 PRC round looks so nice!

My thoughts are to not proceed unless I have 100 rounds or so of 6.5 PRC brass secured. I have a modest amount of VN165, PP4000MR, R-S Magnum, RL23, & about 1 pound of H1000. My uses would be shooting steel out to 1,000 with 140's & rodents with 120 grain ELDM's.

Is there a brass source that I have not found? Will more brass, especially Lapua, be available in December 2021?
BRASS

Hornady
Estimated to ship within 1-4 months

Lapua
Estimated to ship within 4-6 months
 
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