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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.
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this is the only brand of cases i have found that are ready to load and have the 6.5-06 headstamp on them. from Quality Cartridge company.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/977063/quality-cartridge-reloading-brass-65mm-06-a-square-box-of-20

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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.
I tend to load light, or towards the middle so that shouldn't be a problem.

What do you mean by turn the neck? I don't recall hearing about that process.

My reloading manual (Lyman) doesn't have that data. Do you have any recommendations for a good manual with that data? Speer? Nosler? Hornady?

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this is the only brand of cases i have found that are ready to load and have the 6.5-06 headstamp on them. from Quality Cartridge company.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/977063/quality-cartridge-reloading-brass-65mm-06-a-square-box-of-20
Definitely not buying that. WAAAAAYYYY to high for just the brass (IMO). I'll have to see if I can find some 25-06 shells. Shouldn't be hard to find.
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I tend to load light, or towards the middle so that shouldn't be a problem.

What do you mean by turn the neck? I don't recall hearing about that process.

My reloading manual (Lyman) doesn't have that data. Do you have any recommendations for a good manual with that data? Speer? Nosler? Hornady?



Definitely not buying that. WAAAAAYYYY to high for just the brass (IMO). I'll have to see if I can find some 25-06 shells. Shouldn't be hard to find.
25-06 brass from MidwayUSA.

http://www.midwayusa.com/find?newcategorydimensionid=20323
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I tend to load light, or towards the middle so that shouldn't be a problem.

What do you mean by turn the neck? I don't recall hearing about that process.

My reloading manual (Lyman) doesn't have that data. Do you have any recommendations for a good manual with that data? Speer? Nosler? Hornady?



Definitely not buying that. WAAAAAYYYY to high for just the brass (IMO). I'll have to see if I can find some 25-06 shells. Shouldn't be hard to find.
Whenever you are resizing brass from a larger caliber to a smaller one,the necks can/will get thicker.This will cause high pressure problems,and can cause catastophic failures from over pressure in some cases.
The neck of the brass has to be turned down to the correct thickness.
You need a neck turning tool like these-
http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/case-preparation/neck-turning/index.htm

Manuals would depend on what bullets your wanting to shoot.
My Hornady,Berger,Sierra,and Nosler manuals all have data for the 6.5-06.
I mainly shoot Sierra and Berger bullets in 6.5mm calibers- 140gr Sierra Gamekings and 140gr Berger VLD Hunting. Both of these bullets shoot great out of my rifles.

I don't like Remington brass,it always splits the necks in any caliber I've ever reloaded it in. Hornady brass is too soft,and the primer pocket get big after a couple loadings.
I always buy Winchester 25/06 brass,it has always lasted for several loadings. Nosler brass is good,but expensive.
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Whenever you are resizing brass from a larger caliber to a smaller one,the necks can/will get thicker.This will cause high pressure problems,and can cause catastophic failures from over pressure in some cases.
The neck of the brass has to be turned down to the correct thickness.
You need a neck turning tool like these-
http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/case-preparation/neck-turning/index.htm

Manuals would depend on what bullets your wanting to shoot.
My Hornady,Berger,Sierra,and Nosler manuals all have data for the 6.5-06.
I mainly shoot Sierra and Berger bullets in 6.5mm calibers- 140gr Sierra Gamekings and 140gr Berger VLD Hunting. Both of these bullets shoot great out of my rifles.
I'll probably just use 25-06 brass to avoid that then.

Thanks for the tip on the manual.
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I'll probably just use 25-06 brass to avoid that then.

Thanks for the tip on the manual.
i would probably go with necking up 25-06 to 6.5mm or .264 as there is only a 0.007 difference in diameter where from .308 to .264 there is .044 difference.
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Here are my bolt actions in order of age.
1910 M96 Swedish Mauser 6.5x55
192something BSA Commercial No1MkIII smle .303 British
1941 Long Branch No4Mk1 Lee-Enfield .303 British
195something Winchester 96a .22LR
1979 Winchester Model 70 30-06
2009 Remington 700 SPS Varmint .308 winchester














I have two more that I don't yet have any pictures of. A Marlin 917v that is waiting on a new stock and a sporterized DP'd 1941 Lithgow No1 MkIII* that am in the process of converting to a .22LR.
There will be more but because I very rarely if ever part with a gun once I get it and room is a at a bit of a premium I have to be a little picky.

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