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260 Rem barrel length?

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Unread 03-04-2012, 12:19 AM
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Re: 260 Rem barrel length?

Wellll, if you can't figure it out, and you don't want to do your homework, just get an '06 and factory ammo and live with the results you get.

If you do want to figure it out, the NRA book, "Handloading" by William Davis is an excellent starting reference.

At less than 10 bucks, this is a lot cheaper than one box of factory rifle loads. The time you invest may be more costly, depending on your intelligence and thirst for knowledge.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: 260 Rem barrel length?

Good info Thales. Thanks. JohnnyK.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 10:50 AM
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Re: 260 Rem barrel length?

Originally Posted by Dooner View Post
I'm starting my first build, and I've decided on the Rem 260. What barrel length is best for getting the most speed out of this cartridge? My smith is recommending 26", but I've noticed several guys here go 28". I guess my question is, at what point do you reach diminishing returns? I plan on using this gun mostly for target, varmits, and predators.

Thanks in advance.
A LOT depends on what bullet and powder you plan on using! Some light bullet and fast powders burn up before you would get to 26".....other S.L.O.W. powders take more barrel.

For a multi usage rifle as you describe...Id follow the smith's recommendations for the 26"
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Unread 03-04-2012, 11:43 AM
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Re: 260 Rem barrel length?

Around my area for hunting it would be a 24 inch #5 contour with twist rate dependent on which bullet it is actually going to be used.
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