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A #6 AWG copper wire with 60 degree Celsius insulation rating can carry 55 amps, 75 degree Celsius insulation rating can carry 65 amps, and a 90 degree Celsius insulation rating can carry 75 amps. If it is aluminum or copper-clad aluminum the ampacity for the three temperature ratings would be 40, 50, and 60 respectively.

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