Which dies for 6.5-06

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 375fan, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2010
    Planning a 6.5-06 build.
    Hornady reloading book #8 refers to it as 6.5mm-06, their dies are referred to as
    6.5 A-Square.
    Redding list their dies as 6.5-06 springfield, my question; is are both dies sets the same dimension or are they 2 totally different cartridges?
    Thanks, Jeff
  2. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Both are simply the 30-06 necked down to 6.5, but there may be minor dimensional differences between the 2. The 6.5-06 A-square has been submitted to SAAMI, but to the best of my knowledge still has no standardization. This would be my choice if I were building one, also you will need to specify this when you get the chamber cut, no point having A-square dies and a 06 chamber.
    I have a 338-06 A-square, which has been standardized by SAAMI, if the 6.5 A-square is based on this standardized case then the reamers should be very dimensionally correct, a 338-06 A-square reamer with a floating neck pilot could be used to cut the chamber and the neck/throat could be cut seperately, just ask your gunsmith what approach would be best.

    Hope this helps.