Forming 270 brass from 30-06

N*rthman999 said: Fellows. I may be reloading for .270 win in the near future and I'm wondering if forming .270 brass from 30-06 is reasonably easy (i.e - run the brass through your press well lubed and trim to length) as I've already got lots of 30-06 brass but no .270 brass. Thanks!

B*mmerBob said: Hmmm, I have thought about this in the past numerous times but always decided that .270 Win brass was so plentiful and readily available that I did not pursue it. I was always concerned that I would someday mix up the loaded ammo and try to put the .270 in the 30-06 or viceversa and did not want to chance it. I know it can be done but why bother? I am sure you can get lots of .270 brass from almost any range by just asking or failing that by posting in the EE WTB... Cheers, Bob

S*lverado said: For the THIRD time today: Anneal the necks if the brass has been fired, lube well inside and out (but not on the shoulder), use a die with a tapered expander ball, and trim to length. I don't mean to sound crabby, but a quick look at the other threads in the forum would answer your question.

*l-Sway said: I have done this frequently, with no problems in sizing them with a standard set of .270 dies, nor have there been any problems in reloading them. If you have a .30-06 as well as a .270, then I would be somewhat concerned about mixing them up, but if you only have the .270, go ahead.

ch*se said: I guess you would call my CFSC instructor my "mentor", and he says that he doesn't like making .270 out of 30-06 because he's afraid someone may read the datastamp on the brass and use the ammo in the wrong rifle.

S*lverado said: Why? He is sizing down not up. A tapered ball will still produce less runout than a round ball.

S*lverado said: I guess you would call my CFSC instructor my "mentor", and he says that he doesn't like making .270 out of 30-06 because he's afraid someone may read the datastamp on the brass and use the ammo in the wrong rifle. This is a valid concern. It is common to mark the casehead of re-formed brass to differentiate it from other brass with the same headstamp.

N*rthman999 said: Thanks for the info fellows! Your expertise is always appreciated!

j*mbubba said: For the THIRD time today: Anneal the necks if the brass has been fired, lube well inside and out (but not on the shoulder), use a die with a tapered expander ball, and trim to length. I don't mean to sound crabby, but a quick look at the other threads in the forum would answer your question. Well,yes,you do sound crabby.Don't wanna play nice,why play at all?

j*mbubba said: You can easily resize 270 from 30-06 in one operation,no special steps required,only danger is trying to load a 30 cal back into a 270,you will split the case neck.You must clearly identify the downsized brass somehow.

m*ke shickele said: You can go between the two, up and down all day if you want to as just a regular sizing operation. The taper on regular expander balls is more than enough. I'm using 30-06 brass with 270 headstamps only because I sold the 270, and I didn't have anything else to do with the new brass. Mike

Why n*t? said: Or, you can just drop by the house and pick up fifty cases on your way home! :D Ted

H4831 said: OK, maybe I will sound crabby, too. But really, some of these shooters on here sound like people who know nothing about firearms. Several have mentioned the danger of getting the two cartridges mixed up. Anyone who knows which end of the rifle the bullet comes out of, should know there is no danger, whatsoever, in shooting 270 ammunition in a 30-06. And it is impossible to get a loaded 30-06 cartridge into a 270 chamber. I have said it on here so many times, just use common sense. If you think it is dangerous to shoot a 270 in a 30-06, please tell me what the danger is. As several others have said, just size the 30-06 cases in 270 dies. The cases come out about .01" shorter than factory specs for the 270, but pay no attention and just shoot them. The cases will grow to fit!

ch*se said: I know there's no safety issues firing a 270 out of a .30-06 chamber but what I don't want is people thinking it's ok to shoot anything so long as it chambers in their gun. This is a pretty childproof method of thinking but I don't think you understand just how stupid some people are. You're probably a bit older than me, and in your time if somebody blew themselves up with a gun it was a tragic affair, but not (as) political like it is now. I saw a lady once load 20 guage shells into a 12 guage shotgun because "they fit". She could have very easily double fed the barrel and blown the chamber on that thing, then what? I'll tell you what: "Page A3 in the Vancouver SUN reports: Suburban home maker killed by exploding shotgun while camping, witnesses believe foul play involved. Read more about gun related deaths in our 6 part crime report starting in the weekend edition".

B*mmerBob said: OK, maybe I will sound crabby, too. But really, some of these shooters on here sound like people who know nothing about firearms. Several have mentioned the danger of getting the two cartridges mixed up. Anyone who knows which end of the rifle the bullet comes out of, should know there is no danger, whatsoever, in shooting 270 ammunition in a 30-06. And it is impossible to get a loaded 30-06 cartridge into a 270 chamber. I have said it on here so many times, just use common sense. If you think it is dangerous to shoot a 270 in a 30-06, please tell me what the danger is. Well, you do sound a bit crabby :p As one of the people that warned against the possibility of mixing up the cartridges I should have been more clear. I am not concerned about actually firing the cartridges in the wrong gun, I somehow think I will notice prior to trying to touch them off. My concern is heading out on an excursion with the wrong ammo for the gun. I know I can be forgetfull and have heard stories of others going out for a hunt without their bolt so knowing me (and others) it would seem possible that a glance at the headstamp without checking further may lead to the possiblity of 30/06 ammo being carried for a .270 Win rifle and visa versa. My real question is: both cartridges are highly popular with lots of brass available so why bother with using mixed headstamp brass? Cheers to all, Bob

S*lverado said: OK, maybe I will sound crabby, too. But really, some of these shooters on here sound like people who know nothing about firearms. Several have mentioned the danger of getting the two cartridges mixed up. Anyone who knows which end of the rifle the bullet comes out of, should know there is no danger, whatsoever, in shooting 270 ammunition in a 30-06. And it is impossible to get a loaded 30-06 cartridge into a 270 chamber. I have said it on here so many times, just use common sense. If you think it is dangerous to shoot a 270 in a 30-06, please tell me what the danger is. As several others have said, just size the 30-06 cases in 270 dies. The cases come out about .01" shorter than factory specs for the 270, but pay no attention and just shoot them. The cases will grow to fit! I certainly didn't mean to imply that firing a 270 from a 30-06 chamber is dangerous. It wouldn't shoot worth a damn though, and might ruin a hunt... As for chambering an '06 in a 270, I'll bet you could if you forced the bolt... especially in a barrel with a long throat.

S*lverado said: Also, if our range is any indication, a guy could have about a hundred free 270 brass a week, so as others have mentioned, re-forming from 30-06 is a proposition best left to dire circumstances anyway.

Why n*t? said: .......As for chambering an '06 in a 270, I'll bet you could if you forced the bolt... especially in a barrel with a long throat. I'll bet a hundred dollars to your favourite charity that you can't! :D You would have to swage down the bullets and the neck to do so. Ted

j*e-nwt said: I guess you would call my CFSC instructor my "mentor", and he says that he doesn't like making .270 out of 30-06 because he's afraid someone may read the datastamp on the brass and use the ammo in the wrong rifle. Let's start at the beginning shall we? No one should be shooting his 270-made-from-30-06 ammo except him. Silly excuse on his part, right?

*scar Makonka said: Had this guy who always pestered me to load his 30-06 shells for him. he never ever payed for anythjing so one year he came over with his 30-06 shells wanting me to reload for him yet again, he didn't even bring a beer for after. So he sat there unbeknownst while I resized his 30-06 brass in a 270 die and loaded em up some nice 150 gr. .277 spitzers. That fall he couldn't hit anything with his faithful 30-06, traded it off in disgust and got some magnum, fortunately I didn't have dies for it.

ykk*d said: good one, Oscar.

Dr*ller said: Bastardization 101………. Driller

ch*se said: Let's start at the beginning shall we? No one should be shooting his 270-made-from-30-06 ammo except him. Silly excuse on his part, right? Agreed, but he's a CFSC instructor, his job is to warn you about stupid people.

j*e-nwt said: Agreed, but he's a CFSC instructor, his job is to warn you about stupid people. His job is to instruct the CFSC. Sitting on my bench is a 45acp case with a 30-06 headstamp on it. I made it about 10 years ago. Am I stupid? I can tell you I learned a lot from doing it. One, it's a lot of work for a 45acp case. :p Not practical at all. But I did learn something about case structure of a rifle case vs a pistol case. Was anyone harmed by my adventure? Nope. People need to show a bit of initiative and try things instead of running to an internet forum for the answer. They would learn far more, IMHO.

S*lverado said: Had this guy who always pestered me to load his 30-06 shells for him. he never ever payed for anythjing so one year he came over with his 30-06 shells wanting me to reload for him yet again, he didn't even bring a beer for after. So he sat there unbeknownst while I resized his 30-06 brass in a 270 die and loaded em up some nice 150 gr. .277 spitzers. That fall he couldn't hit anything with his faithful 30-06, traded it off in disgust and got some magnum, fortunately I didn't have dies for it. Hilarious! That fits right in with loading a guys shotshells with confetti!

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