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#6862824 - 08/20/17 03:52 PM Prime 6.5 CM ammo
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Anyone used it? Thinking about getting some to shoot and use the brass for reloading afterwards, but shipping is stupid expensive, which really drives up the price. I've heard the brass is made by Norma (not sure if that's true). Wondering really if I should bother with it or just buy some other 6.5 CM brass and start reloading from the beginning. Problem is that 6.5 CM brass seems really expensive compared to just buying Prime ammo.

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#6862893 - 08/20/17 05:22 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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It shoots lights out in most any I've seen.

Brass they use is norma and so are the bullets.
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#6862959 - 08/20/17 06:39 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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It is very good, just available in 130gr bullets.
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#6864538 - 08/21/17 10:24 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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I saw where Starline is making 6.5 Creedmoor brass with the SR primer and cheaper than Hornady brass.
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#6864741 - 08/22/17 07:31 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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I love Starline .45 and .44 Special brass.

watch Prime Ammo, they will have good sales now and then. Really nice folks there too. If I didn't reload, I would buy a case
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#6864753 - 08/22/17 07:48 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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What kind of quality should I expect from starline compared to Hornady/Norma/Prime/Lapua/etc.?

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#6868338 - 08/25/17 10:17 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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When I spoke with Prime, they told me that they used very high quality brass and could be reloaded many times. Granted that's coming from them but I haven't heard a complaint yet. I will order some and see how the bullets perform on Coyotes this year. Then reload with VLDs lol

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#6868405 - 08/25/17 11:08 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: G Love]
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Originally Posted By: G Love
When I spoke with Prime, they told me that they used very high quality brass and could be reloaded many times. Granted that's coming from them but I haven't heard a complaint yet. I will order some and see how the bullets perform on Coyotes this year. Then reload with VLDs lol
Shipping is killing me. They're offering a case for $250 with no shipping, but that is a crummy deal if my gun turns out to not like their brass. Purchasing by the box makes the ammo really expensive because shipping is around $20. If anyone wants to split a case with me, let me know.

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#6868414 - 08/25/17 11:14 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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Never heard of one not liking a type of brass. More that there might require load tweaking to get everything to jive.
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#6868419 - 08/25/17 11:18 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Never heard of one not liking a type of brass. More that there might require load tweaking to get everything to jive.


This.
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#6868460 - 08/25/17 11:43 AM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
Never heard of one not liking a type of brass. More that there might require load tweaking to get everything to jive.
Is it possible that it would like different loads with different types of brass? My T3x Varmint 223 is very brass-picky. See target below. I shot group 1, adjusted the scope up .1 mil, and then shot the rest. Barrel got hot once and I had one called pull. I repeated this test later and got the same results (included Hornady brass the 2nd time as well and got results similar to Norma). All dots are 1".

ETA: same length, powder charge, bullet, etc. for each group. Brass was the only variable.





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#6868513 - 08/25/17 12:40 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
Originally Posted By: dee
Never heard of one not liking a type of brass. More that there might require load tweaking to get everything to jive.
Is it possible that it would like different loads with different types of brass? My T3x Varmint 223 is very brass-picky. See target below. I shot group 1, adjusted the scope up .1 mil, and then shot the rest. Barrel got hot once and I had one called pull. I repeated this test later and got the same results (included Hornady brass the 2nd time as well and got results similar to Norma). All dots are 1".

ETA: same length, powder charge, bullet, etc. for each group. Brass was the only variable.







Different brass have different H20 capacity or volume, so it affects accuracy if you use the same charge for different types of brass. Once you tweak them, they will shoot.

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#6868542 - 08/25/17 01:05 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: TackDriver]
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Originally Posted By: TackDriver
Different brass have different H20 capacity or volume, so it affects accuracy if you use the same charge for different types of brass. Once you tweak them, they will shoot.
Good to know, thanks. I just assumed that even if it will shoot any brass decent, it would still shoot some brass better than others. Even though Federal brass is not what most consider "high quality", it's what my T3x seems to shoot the best with Lake City a very close 2nd. I never tried to work up alternate loads with Norma, Hornady, PMC, etc.

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#6868553 - 08/25/17 01:17 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: TackDriver]
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Originally Posted By: TackDriver
Different brass have different H20 capacity or volume, so it affects accuracy if you use the same charge for different types of brass. Once you tweak them, they will shoot.


This^^

You're also walking into the percentage case fill topic. There is merit in the thought process.
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#6871691 - 08/28/17 04:00 PM Re: Prime 6.5 CM ammo [Re: patriot07]
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One more open offer if anyone wants to split a case? I can't burn $250 right now, but I like the idea of Norma brass instead of the Hornady, which is what I'll go with if nobody wants to split some prime with me.

It's on sale and free shipping, so $125 for 100 rounds.

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