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dfletcher
11-06-2009, 10:52 AM
I made the mistake of buying a 15" 260 Remington barrel for my Encore pistol and later a 26" rifle barrel for another. I say mistake because I'm especially happy with the rifle and would like to buy a heavy barreled bolt action target rifle in 260 Remington. Any suggestions? I don't want to build it myself or go crazy with add ons, a simple rifle along the lines of a heavy barreled Remington 700 "Sendero-like" or Savage 12BVSS or Ruger 77 V would be fine.

Bug Splat
11-06-2009, 10:59 AM
Are you heavily invested in the 260 round (reload equipment or case of 260 ammo) or are you open to other 6.5 round options? Do you want a true "target" gun able to punch 1/4MOA or is 1MOA acceptable? For target shooting there are better options than the 260. Its a great round but in the bench match world there are better rounds.

dfletcher
11-06-2009, 11:30 AM
Are you heavily invested in the 260 round (reload equipment or case of 260 ammo) or are you open to other 6.5 round options? Do you want a true "target" gun able to punch 1/4MOA or is 1MOA acceptable? For target shooting there are better options than the 260. Its a great round but in the bench match world there are better rounds.

Not heavily, but I do already reload for about 40 calibers and would kind of like to not add another. I'm definite on the .264 diameter bullet and that means the 6.5-284 or 6.5 Lapua is an option, I know Ruger does the 6.5-284 in their 77V.

I have about 300 rounds of 260 already loaded, so not a ton of ammo involved and I can still use the Encores.

So I'd say sticking with the 260 is my very strong choice, but .... Well, you know how that works. I guess we're all easy pickings for another caliber.

Bug Splat
11-06-2009, 12:20 PM
The 260 is a beautiful round. I was dead set on it before I got my 6.5-284. The problem I see with the 260 is that it is a middle of the road round. You have a group of people who fall into two catagories, "I just want enough round to get the job done" and "go big or go home". 260 is not the most accurate nor the hardest hitting so it kinda falling in the middle for people who honestly just want to try the 260. Its a great all purpose round but does not outperform its sister rounds. The 260 is an old design that at one point almost fell off the face of the earth.

If it were me looking for a 6.5 in a 308 size action I would look at the 6.5 creedmoor or 6.5x47 Lapua. If you want a long action the 6.5-284 round opens up as does the 6.5-55swd. I went with the 6.5-284 Norma because of its amazing track record in the both long range bench shooting and knockdown power. It even surpasses the mighty 300Win Mag at I think 1200-1300 yards. The 6.5-55swd also has this power but lacks a slight bit in accuracy but this is coming from me who might be the most anal person regarding accuracy. Both rounds will do 1/2 MOA easy with quality reloads.

Savage makes a just an outstanding rifle in 6.5-284 that is really making waves on the shooting lines. Check it out..

http://www.savagearms.com/12f_class.htm
http://www.gunblast.com/Savage-12F.htm

dfletcher
11-06-2009, 2:09 PM
Thanks for the info - this will be one of those "time to ponder" situations. I like the 6.5X284 and the Savage. I'm right handed but shoot left shouldered. I see one of the Savages loads left, plops them out right. That might be convenient.

Bug Splat
11-06-2009, 3:06 PM
I spent a good month or two looking at the 6.5 rounds. Realistically I doubt I'll every need anything that reaches as far as the 6.5-284, 260 would have done fine out to 1000 yards, but when I was faced with the cost of new dies, brass, bullets, barrel and bolt-head for my savage the cost was all the same. Figured I might as well stuff the biggest round I could into my little Savage short action. I had to modify my receiver to take the long action round but it was worth it. With Sub 1/4 MOA groups I couldn't be happier.

esheato
11-06-2009, 3:31 PM
"The 260 is an old design..."

1997 is old eh?

phish
11-06-2009, 4:16 PM
It's been around longer than that, Remington just decided to slap their name on it and get SAAMI numbers for it.

halifax
11-06-2009, 4:24 PM
Savage will custom build any of their SA rifles with a 260 REM barrel. I'm preparing to order a 10 FLCP (http://savagearms.com/10flcp.htm) with fluted barrel and no muzzle break. ~$900+ 6-8 weeks lead time

Fjold
11-06-2009, 6:59 PM
I always thought that the 260 Remington was the perfect shot action deer and medium target round. Great round for high performance with minimal recoil. If I didn't already have calibers all around it plus a 6.5x284 it would be what I would use for tactical and general shooting.

Bug Splat
11-06-2009, 9:43 PM
It's been around longer than that, Remington just decided to slap their name on it and get SAAMI numbers for it.

Yup. it was called I think the 6.5mm-08 and was a semi-popular round over in Europe back in the 50's I think but never took off here in the states. It was not until Remington brought it back as the 260 that people here started really looking at it.

dfletcher
11-07-2009, 6:56 PM
I decided to go with the 6.5 Creedmoor and since I already have the rifle in 223, 25.06 and 308 ordered a Ruger 77 Varmint at Bullseye in Castro Valley. I know the 77V isn't exactly everyone's (or pretty much anyone's) best choice for target shooting, but the ones I have are accurate and I think it has an excellent trigger, easily adjustable. Stock fits me well enough, I usually add an adjustable butt plate, and the forend is flat and wide.

Maybe I'll save getting a scope for the Reno show, not sure whether to get a high variable or a 24X fixed.

I'm not exactly finding lots of reloading info, already ordered dies and 100 Hornady cases, Sierra 120 MK boat tail, 120 grains to get started.

Bug Splat
11-07-2009, 11:14 PM
Awesome! Let us know how it shoots. I sure looks like one hell of a round. I think if I were to get an AR-10 it would be in that round. I've just fallen in love with the 6.5 bullet. Low recoil, hits hard, Bucks the wind and retains its energy.

eaglemike
11-07-2009, 11:52 PM
I decided to go with the 6.5 Creedmoor and since I already have the rifle in 223, 25.06 and 308 ordered a Ruger 77 Varmint at Bullseye in Castro Valley. I know the 77V isn't exactly everyone's (or pretty much anyone's) best choice for target shooting, but the ones I have are accurate and I think it has an excellent trigger, easily adjustable. Stock fits me well enough, I usually add an adjustable butt plate, and the forend is flat and wide.

Maybe I'll save getting a scope for the Reno show, not sure whether to get a high variable or a 24X fixed.

I'm not exactly finding lots of reloading info, already ordered dies and 100 Hornady cases, Sierra 120 MK boat tail, 120 grains to get started.
Good for you! Let us know how it shoots!

I just rec'd a Shilen barrel for the large shank Savage in 6.5 CM Thursday, after waiting a (ahem) "bit." I too ordered dies, cases, and projectiles. If I come up with a magic recipe I'll let you know.
all the best,
Mike

dfletcher
11-08-2009, 6:42 AM
Looking at the ballistics, I don't see a heck of a difference between the 260, the 6.5 Creednoor and the 6.5 -284. My feeling is the Creedmoor or the 260 will give excellent accuracy.

Snapping Twig
11-08-2009, 7:07 AM
6.5mm bullets have excellent SD and with the right twist and speed they are accurate and hit hard.

I shoot a 6.5-06 which has slightly better numbers than the 6.5-284, but in the real world you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

The .260 is a cartridge I will own one day, always liked it and the 7mm-08.

Coingratulations on your selection and many happy years of shooting it.

JTROKS
11-08-2009, 8:48 AM
I'll be getting a 260 Remington once funds allow. I may just get the Win 70 HBV in 22-250 rebarreled to 260 AI.

eaglemike
11-08-2009, 9:43 AM
There's some very cool "not quite mainstream" cartridges in 6.5mm and 7mm. A long action in the 6.5-06 or 6.5X55 is a really neat gun. From the stuff I've seen the 6.5X55 would likely give the best barrel life compared to the 6.5-06 and the toher long case 6.5's. I too, have always thought the 7mm-08 is a great cartridge. A friend of mine called it boring, because every load he tried was a tack driver.

I chose the 6.5 CM because is seemed the best overall combination, again based on what I've read. Now to find out.........

all the best,
Mike