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Old 01-12-2011, 03:17 AM
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260 build

Alright guys, Im kind of new to this but here it goes. First some background, I hunt elk, deer, and coyote mostly in western WA but some eastern as well. I have done minimal long range stuff but am very interested and have been following this site and playing around for a few months now. I currently shoot a tikka t3 in 300wsm so my large bore needs are satisfied for the time being. I have been doing most of my long range shooting with a semi custom bushmaster NM ar15 which I have put together and does well out to the 600 yard mark if its not too windy with my personal handloads.
That being said, I am looking to sell the AR to fund a build. I have been reading a lot of different reviews and I think I have settled on a 260. I want something thats light recoiling and fun to shoot since I'm giving up my AR for this. I currently have two options for the action, a stevens 200 action currently in 7mm, an old savage 110 action in 270. I would like to use the gun for deer/coyote out to 700/800 yards and I have a bushnell 3200 elite to top the gun. I'm not worried about walk around weight too much, thinking somewhere around 11lbs and a #7 fluted barrel, this will be more of a spot from the truck or carry short distance kind of tool.
What I haven't found is what I will have to do in order to change the bolt face to .260. Also, I am mechanically inclined but is putting this all together something that should be attempted by a beginner? ( keeping in mind that I have built an AR15, though slightly different concept)
What would be optimum barrel length? I would like to pull high 2700s to mid 2800fps range with 140 gr. pills. Any recommendations on barrel brand for a Savage action? I would like it to be ready to be attached and not have to deal with reaming or threading or crowning. I have been on douglas, pac nor and kriegers websites but I don't understand all the jargon on the pricing and how the barrels come.

I'm sure I will have more questions to come but thats all for now. My budget is in the $700 range to get barrel and stock, eventually a trigger but I don"t think I can afford that right now. Thanks for the advise to follow.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:36 AM
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Re: 260 build

If i were you id use the 110 270, same boltface as 260 but if you want those speeds without excessive case pressure and wear your better off with a 6.5x284 norma. McGowen is a good company to get switch barrels from, i got mine in 3 weeks mine was a 28" 10 twist 270 wby .800" taper polished stainless and it was only 330 after shipping and its very accurate. you can get a matte black 26" for 280 shipped. id go with a 26" 8.5 twist and use 130 grain scirrocos, accubonds, or 140 partitions for big stuff. even the 140 partitions have a .490 bc. if it doesnt have an accutrigger get a Timney it'll go down to about 22 ounces, use a bell and carlson stock, and get you a wolff extra power firing pin spring (32lb). with that said you will have an awesome rig, personally i have different scope opions but that one will do, so you would be just under 600$ then you could order 2 boxes of Norma ammo and have some break in and toy rounds and 40 good cases! The same will work for a 260 but its no where close power wise.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:36 PM
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Re: 260 build

Good Choice with the 260, but I would personally have Pac Nor and 260AI
Easy to load, light recoil.26 to 27 inch sendero contour. Im getting honest 3000 Fps with 140 gr Berger VLDs, in a gun that weighs in @ 11 lbs.
While I was at it I'd have Pac Nor set your Chamber up for a specific length to give you a little more room. I am familiar with them, they will be happy to accomodate you.
You are welcome to email me with questions terry.scott@rbc.com
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:52 AM
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Re: 260 build

Just finished a Savage build. I used a Lothar Walther barrel. They do everything you need to get it ready for your build. I have been very impressed in the break in period so far. I only have 3 shots down the tube and it cleans up in half dozen patches using both carbon solvent and copper solvent. Going to move into my three shot groups quickly. They are very knowledgeable and willing to offer advice if you ask for it. They are to the point and about accuracy.

I to agree that the 260 will do the trick. It will be easier on barrels than the 6.5-284. 1-8 will do it for twist. You will need a nut wrench and head spacing gauges. I like the idea of using the 110 action. Just make sure you get the right shank size. Small shank or standard, the barrel nut measures 7/8" and the Large Shank is 5/8". You more than likely have the small shank.

Tank
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:03 PM
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Re: 260 build

I have a Tikka 595 in .260 Rem. with a Pac Nor 26" carbon steel barrel which has polygonal rifling and a 1 in 8" twist rate. Contour is "Sporter". 0.650" dia. at the muzzle.

The rifle uses the factory stock with the action screws tightened to 6.5 N (~55 lbs.-in.) torque and procudes 1.5 inch 3-shot groups at 300 meters using sorted and prepped Remington brass, Federal 210M primers and H4831 powder. Bullets are Hornady 129 gr. SST's.

The load, 47.0 grains is not maximum and generates 2925 fps. I have tried heavier loads, but this is what the rifle likes. I use the same load with Nosler AccuBond bullets and Nosler brass. It deliver a muzzle velocity of 2875 fps and produces 2 inch groups at 300 meters. Well below MOA.

For long range hunting, something like this will deliver the precision and velocity necessary to make kills out to 1000 yards. Ironically, I took this rifle on a Coues deer hunt last October and took a nice buck at the outrageous distance of 60 (sixty) yards with it. The 130 grain AB bullet entered behind the ribs on the deer's left side and lodged itself under the hide, in the neck, about 3 inches from the skull. True to the bullet's design, there was no bullet/jacket separation. The lungs had been turned into mush.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:06 PM
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Re: 260 build

Thanks for the replies guys, my local shop just had a Remington tactical model 700 xcr lrt in 300 win mag come in for $950. Right now I'm kinda thinking I may pick this up and trade my t3 for one in .260 as to have a nice light pack rifle, there's part of me that says the .300 is going to be the better lr piece for when I really want to start pushing the distance out to and past 1k and still have knock down power. I'm torn though, for $950 would I be better off building or buying?
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:57 PM
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Re: 260 build

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Thanks for the replies guys, my local shop just had a Remington tactical model 700 xcr lrt in 300 win mag come in for $950. Right now I'm kinda thinking I may pick this up and trade my t3 for one in .260 as to have a nice light pack rifle, there's part of me that says the .300 is going to be the better lr piece for when I really want to start pushing the distance out to and past 1k and still have knock down power. I'm torn though, for $950 would I be better off building or buying?
$950 will get you a Savage Target Action or whole rifle to build on, tools for barrel swap and headspace guages, barrel, and stock. Then you can put as much money as you want toward optics, base, and rings.

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