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06 Wildcats

Does anyone reload 8mm-06, 6.5-06. Do you reload or use any other 06 Wildcats.

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I do the 6.5x06. Love it but

I do the 6.5x06. Love it but now wish I'd got a lighter taper on the barrel and 1-8 twist. It was origionally hard to find data for. 

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06 Wildcats

I reloaded the .30 Gibbs for about 30 years.  It's a .30-06 blown out with almost no taper, and a 45* shoulder that is moved forward.  Ballistic are similar to the .300 Win mag.  It put an elk in my freezer most of those years.

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For some reason I never got

For some reason I never got bit by the 06 wildcat bug but I was with others.  In my younger days I didn't mind shortning, necking or up cases, blowing out their shoulders, and the fireforming that was required. 

Now days I don't mind just being able to neck up or down and then fire forming but when you have to start trimming the cases and a couple other steps leave me out of it.  I also like the ideas of being able to purchase factory brass if needed with the proper headstamps.  I have a couple thousand cases that have a .30-30 headstamp on that are no longer .30-30's having formed them into .30 and .357 Herretts and 7-30 Waters rounds.  But then I am starting with my old .30-06 cases going to my new .25-06 which will have the wrong headstamp. 

 

Here we go again. 

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 hey critter, I buy factory

 hey critter, I buy factory brass for my 6.5x06. Of course it's head stamp say's 270 win. I use it instead of 30-06 because I have a 30-06 and this keep's the ammo going to the right rifle. If I was to do it again, I'd go with the 6.5x270, bit more neck!

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I hear you Don.  I have come

I hear you Don.  I have come to the point that the majority of my brass has the wrong headstamp on it and I have to keep it sorted properly.  Some of it is easy to tell just by looking at it whil others you really need to inspect it if it gets mixed up.  My 30-03 to 7-30 Waters is fairly easy when it is loaded since I only use Nosler balistic tips in it but if you look at 2 empty cases side by side they are not that easy to tell the difference unless you know that the 7-30's shoulder is blown out a little over the 30-30. 

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