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.260 Good caliber?

Postby njonesy_07 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:33 pm

I've been looking into getting a deer rifle. I was wondering about the .260 Rem cartridge and if anybody uses it? I see that popular bullets come in 120gr. and 140gr. Near 2900fps at the muzzle velocity of the 120gr bullet.

What info can you give me about this caliber?
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby jrockncash » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:39 pm

I hear nothing but good things about it. Bggoldhunter has one I think and he likes it.
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby njonesy_07 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:15 pm

Thats good. I'm picking one up in the morning. I've done some quick research on the cartidge....introduced by Rem. in 1997, it is a .308 casing that is necked down to .264 and is very comparable to the 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser.

According to what I've read online, its a very flat shooting caliber...good for deer, a little too light for elk but thats not my concern. Just looking for a quality deer rifle. :thumbsup:
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby Kurt » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:21 pm

.260 will be my next gun. and it has more than enough to take an elk down.
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby apexhunter » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:44 pm

They are good shooters in general and from all of the reports and reviews I've read over the years most of the "experts" agree that the cartridge is inherently accurate. It is basically a baby 7mm-08 as it uses a 6.5mm projectile and will typically be 100'/sec slower and 170 or so '# less than it's larger 7mm counterpart.

Being a short action cartridge the rifles will typically be lighter, shorter and very easy to handle. With the availability of 120-140gr loads it is considered to be a good youth or womens gun with the lighter projectiles or an excellent easy shooter deer cartridge with the heavier stuff for most anybody.

I've only shot a couple of them and the models I did shoot (A-Bolts mainly) were very accurate and soft shooting. Recoil was not much more than a .243 but was less than a .308 (which still isn't a hard kicking round). The only problem with a lighter projectile at the medium speed is that it really slows down past 200 yards...but most whitetail are killed inside 100-150 yards abd even the 120gr fodder is carrying in excess of 2400'/sec and 1600'# with 3.3" of drop at 200 yards, which is ample ballistics for any deer.
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby killerv » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:35 pm

I've shot several, probably more than several 260s over the years when working for a custom ammo and tuning shop. Absolutely awesome round. And it is a very easy round to get good groups out of. Our shop owner at the time put a hart barrell on a model 7 and that 260 hammered, he always started tested loads with ballistic tips and that is pretty much all he shoots out of his 260s. At 300 yards that gun would should under an inch and he took a whitetail at 540 with it once thanks to his click chart. It was his favorite caliber and he pushed the heck out of them and we sold a ton of them. When people ask about a 243 for kids, I always tell them to go with a 260. More performance for not much more recoil.
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:34 am

Nothing wrong with a .260 cal rifle.

I reloaded a .264 Newton wildcat with a 140 boattail that did anything my .270 winchester
would do.

With todays Nosler and Barnes bullets, you cant go wrong.
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Re: .260 Good caliber?

Postby devildog28 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:42 am

I think it's comprable to the 6.5 swede which is a very flat shooting round with a good BC.
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