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Old 08-17-2013, 08:16 PM
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260 rem or similar

I am going to be hunting some larger clear cuts in VT I am looking for a rifle to shoot deer and the occasional black bear -- ranges from very close to a max of 500 yards. I am also not a huge fan of the recoil of the magnum calibers and do not want use a break. I have been looking at the 260 rem and think it would suit my needs.

- I don't mind a heavier rifle somewhere in the 8 ish lb range
- I like the look and feel of a more classic wood stocked rifle but it is not a must
- If i do go with the 260 which manufacturer offers the correct twist to stabilize heavier bullets.
- not sure if the 260 is the right caliber

Was looking for some suggestions on a factory rifle that would suit my needs. Would like to keep the rifle cost to <$1200

Thank you in advance
Adam
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:08 PM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

I shoot a 260 and although mine is superbly accurate, sub 0.1s, I do not know I would choose that for the occasional black bear. Though putting the bullet where it counts is a great advantage and of utmost importance, I believe the small diameter bullet is not going to dump the energy you need for a quick kill and personally I would not want to be chasing a wounded bear. As for deer, it's a fantastic caliber. I would look more toward a 7mm-08 or 308 if you want to stay in the lower recoiling realm of a short action. Are the 30-06, 280, and such too heavy in recoil? The 260 is a fantastic cartridge but my personal opinion makes it one I wouldn't chase bears with.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:32 AM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

280 is a real possibility the other issue is I currently do not reload but do plan to start over the winter
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:31 AM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

260 will work just fine on black bears. here is a little reading on what it can do.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:20 AM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

Kurt, that's pretty amazing, though I don't know if I'm brave enough to search him if he didn't drop over where I could see him. I guess I have heard too many horror stories here in the thick eastern NC swamp land where the bear shot with a 30-06 came after guys tracking them. Side note, Roy Weatherby took dangerous game with the 257, so I'm sure black bear with a 260 would work, if you made the great shot.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:32 PM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

How about a 6.5x55?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:20 PM
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Re: 260 rem or similar

A 260 with the 130's at 2900 fps still yields over 1000lbs of energy at 600 yards. Get a Remington cdl in 260 and run the 129 accubond long range or 130 bergers with 45ish grains of h4350 and there is not a black bear or whitetail on earth that can tote a well placed shot very far. I had a 120 pound doe run 150 yards with no heart after being shot with 208 amaxes at 3000 fps. Sometimes wild animals just have a strong will to live.
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