Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
I don't know a lot about the 6.5-06s, but I'm guessing their range would be at least 600-700 yards, and could possibly reach 1000 yards accurately.
What's the range on the Creedmoor?
Just about any of the 6.5mm calibers will accurately shoot 1000 yards with the right type of set-up.
The 260 Remington-6.5x47 Lapua-6.5 Creedmoor almost copy the ballistics (drop chart) of a 300 WM at 1000 yards.
The 6.5-06 is just a faster version of the others since case capacity is increased. The 06 isn't anywhere close to the barrel burner that the 6.5x284 is.
Barrel life depends on a lot of factors,but loading middle of the chart loads,I'd look at it lasting for several thousand rounds.
If you push the upper limits of any caliber,the throat will get eroded prematurely.
The 6.5-06 has never been produced by any factory,but there are dies available for almost any of it's different versions.
Most reloading manuals have loading data for this wildcat caliber,but the only way to have a rifle in it is to buy a barrel chambered in it.
Brass will have to be made from re-sizing either 30/06 or 25/06 brass. I always try to up size brass,so I'd use 25/06 for 6.5-06 brass. Down sizing the necks on brass always ends up costing more time prepping the brass,you usually have to turn the necks on brass that has be sized down,and it's rarely an issue if you size up from a smaller caliber.
I make all of my 260 Remington brass from 243 brass,and I'm making 6.5 Creedmoor brass from 22-250 brass but it has to be fire formed first.
My 7mm-08 is the only caliber that I down size necks with,I use 308 brass for them,but I have had to turn the necks on some of them.