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Most of the ammo for my 257 and 300 Weatherby is advertised at $100 or more for 20. That is $5 each because they are an uncommon round. Your $2 per round ammo is pretty common these days. I do not buy it, I bought some early on for brass and then learned to form the 257 brass from 7mm mag. A learning experience and it took some time, but now I have ammo equal to that $5 per round stuff. I can make it for about $1 per round and once I have the brass can reload it for about 75 cents per round. Just saying, to make it work, sometimes you just have to do a lot of extra work.
 

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last time i looked at 25-20 it was 63-65 a box, that was during the Trump era.
it 'only' going up 35 a box is pretty good during these times. [and there actually being some available is a miracle]
i didn't purchase any since i make my own for about 6-7 cents a round.

anyway the 25-20 and the 218 BEE are the same case right down to the rim [the 32-20 uses a thinner rim] i just got done converting 200--218 cases to 25-20's a week back.
 

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Stopped in at Vance's in Teays Valley today and they had 25/20 Win ammo. Wish I'd have been sitting down when they told me the price. They wanted 100.00 a box for 50 rounds and they had 9 boxes.
One sight I checked has 20 rounds of lathe turned brass .25-20wcf cases priced at $104.



You can also neck up a .218 Bee case. This is the same basic case necked down for some Win rifles in the 1905 to 1940 period. Fireforming the .218 Bee in your rifle and then sizing with the .25-20 dies would likely be a good starting process.

25-20 WCF can be made by reforming .32-20 cases.

My guess is finding .32-20 & .218 Bee brass might be just as difficult to locate.
 

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One sight I checked has 20 rounds of lathe turned brass .25-20wcf cases priced at $104.



You can also neck up a .218 Bee case. This is the same basic case necked down for some Win rifles in the 1905 to 1940 period. Fireforming the .218 Bee in your rifle and then sizing with the .25-20 dies would likely be a good starting process.

25-20 WCF can be made by reforming .32-20 cases.

My guess is finding .32-20 & .218 Bee brass might be just as difficult to locate.
At least what I found was loaded ammunition
 

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you don't just fire form 218 BEE brass in the 25-20.
the BEE shoulder is much too far forward for that, you have to push the shoulder back and neck the case up.

i step the neck up from 22 to 25 with a 24 cal expander first, then push the neck open to 25 cal.
then lube the case, wipe the neck area off, and run into the full length size die.

if i were going the other way. [25 to 22]
i'd then neck down just enough to create a false shoulder and fire-form to blow the case out to the chamber.
 
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