Re: 257 Weatherby or 25-06 AI ?
If the cost of components is an issue, just do the math. You'll get 100pcs of Norma brass for about $125 right now for the 257Wby. That brass is really high quality, and will last a long time. Or, you can get 100pcs of 25-06 brass (from Remington, most likely) for $38. It will take some powder (probably about $10-12 worth) plus a box of bullets ($25-45, depending on what you use) just to fireform the brass. Now, you've got $125 in the 257Wby prior to starting real load work, and you've got $73-95 in the 25-06 prior to starting real load work, and the 25-06 brass is not going to last as long after fireforming to the AI chamber as factory brass in a factory chamber, so you'll get fewer loads. By the time you do the math, the difference in the two rounds is only about $30-40 in real money. Would you rather save $30-40 and be shooting 100-200fps slower and with more hassle, or would you rather just spend up front and shoot the best 25 around? I know what I'd choose.
It has been said that if you buy the best, you cry only once. If you buy lesser, you'll cry every time you have to deal with it, and when you have to replace it.
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