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Posted: November 15 2018 at 8:34pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Am toying with the idea of picking one up. Been meaning to get around to casting for the 6mm, have a good mold, sizer die, top punch etc. I already have a 6mm Remington, but the idea of trying something different.

It's supposed to be close to the 6mm-.284, which I have data for. I have a bunch of .30-06 brass I'll likely never use up despite the fact that it's pretty much my favorite caliber.

Anybody have one? I'm sure necking something down that much would require reaming or neck turning unless you started with .25-06 brass.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 1:10am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Wow!!! For shooting cast lead that's a
little on the hot end for my taste at
least.

I was never able to get cast lead to shoot
well anywhere near middle much less top
end in my 220-Swift even using everything
that I could learn from posters on cast
bullets forum who have claimed to have
successfully pushed cast lead to full
rifle velocity. And that is as close as I
have tried to what you are suggesting.

More power to you man, but if I were
thinking cast with an 06 case base I would
be going for necking up rather then down.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 2:20am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

You can slow anything down. Cast in certain .22 centerfires is a hoot. Anymore, most of my shooting is casual paper punching anyway.

I also have a fair amount of various weights of jacketed 6mm bullets and a good amount of the old AA8700 I kind of wondered if it might be good with. Case forming for it might be a pain. About the most extensive case forming I've done is making .22 High Power cases from .25-35 which there is nothing to.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 2:42pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Okay, sorry I misunderstood. I thought
you were saying you were looking into the
cartridge specifically for shooting cast
lead from. Which for me if it's
specifically for cast lead that means I
ain't backing nothing off on it.

Best option along those lines I could
think of for cast would be a wildcat based
on 223 base brass (no shoulder or neck
formed as it comes) and push the shoulder
back to 221-fireball specs but with a 6mm
neck that is an extra long neck for
holding long many lube groove long bearing
length cast boolits fully in the case neck
with no exposed lube grooves forward of
the case neck or protruding down into the
case into the powder chamber.

If you are backing off though for cast but
want zippy jacketed performance as well
and you want 6mm bore then 6mm-06 sounds
like the best option to me. If I were
going for a wildcat intentionally I would
want something based on a very common and
available case. The 06 case fills that
definition for sure. But as you say
forming the cases from 25-06 is probably
going to be easier then forming from 30-06
and 25-06 cases are probably going to be
more costly then 30-06 cases due to being
less common. But still nice to be able to
use 30-06 cases if you put in the time and
effort.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 2:44pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Is the 6mm-06 similar in case capacity to the .240 Weatherby? I wonder if you could use the same load data?

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 3:31pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I have read that the two are close. Not sure if data is interchangeable, but I have had good luck interpolating and figuring out load data. Of course, it helps to be a conservative loader and not try to wring every foot per second out on the first try.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 3:40pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Indeed it does!

I don't mind max-level loads, but I work up towards them, watching, being careful. Not real fond of the idea of getting a bolt in my face...
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