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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:52 AM
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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Stuck between the two calibers and lookinf for some advice. Type of hunting rifle will be used for is primarily high country mulie hunts in eastern wa / sheep hunt, Second black bear hunting 50/50 in forest of western Wa (heavy) and open areas similiar to mule deer (eastern Wa.), Third varmint hunting (coyote)#4 occasional elk. Looking to be able to make long range shots out to 500+ when I become more capable. Concerns are #1 recoil (although hear both are light), #2 Barrel life (it's a hunting gun but will shoot more than average hunter between 150-200 shots per year maybe more, #3 long action/short action. Was leaning toward the 6.5-06 but is the long action, recoil, barrel life worth the extra 200+ fps for me? Was also notacing that the 260 can be formed from 243, 308 brass offered by everyone (hornady/lapua/winchester) compared to the 6.5-06 with 270 win, 30-06 from hornady, 30-06 from lapua, and 25-06, 270 win, 30-06 from winchester. Any help would be appreciated, especially from anybody with expierence with both. I guess concerns could be further reduced to is the 260 enough for what I want to do? I'm worried 260 falls short for hunting but is great for long range targets, while the 6.5-06 is more adequate for both.Thanks again for any help.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:00 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

6.5-06 AI. Do everything you are looking for. Alittle over sized for yotes, a little undersized for elk, but will work for both.Since you say you are only going to shoot a couple hundred rounds a year, you won't burn that barrel out for quite awhile. In a factory rifle go with a 264 WM.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:05 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Been in a lot of stores and have not seen even ONE box of 6.5-06 ammo. However they all had 260 Rem ammo. Good luck on your quest, with the 260 your rifle will be a lot lighter and backpacker friendly.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:38 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I hunted with a 6.5-06 A.I. for years and killed close to 30 head of elk, lots of deer, a few bear and one moose. It is a fantastic rifle and with a good 140 gr. bullet is far more capable than most people realize. With a 26" barrel (which I consider minimun) It will drive a 140 around 3100 accurately. Barrel life is good although I have recently rebarreled mine with a 6.5 Sherman which drives a 140 at 3200. The .260 is a GREAT rifle, but for what you want to do, go with the bigger punch!.....Rich
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:46 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

To muddy the waters some more. The 260AI will push 140's upwards of 3000fps, also don't rule out a 6.5x55 either. I have the 260AI in a semi-custom rem 700 short action and a hunting partner shoots the 6.5x55 in a Tikka Varmint. In a modern action the 6.5x55 comes pretty close to the 260AI (we haven't really worked with it yet, but I'm sure we can still get more out of it, but alas the season is upon us)

Really either one will work for you, but if I was going with an odd-ball chambering, I would go with the AI version's. Factory and I would go with the 6.5x55.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:47 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

It looks like I will be going with the 6.5-06 but there is alot of people recommending the 6.5-06 AI over the standard 6.5-06. I have read information that says that sometimes the AI is worth it sometimes not. Is this one of the calibers that is worth it? I have heard that case life is better with the AI, but any other reason to go with it? Any pro's and cons for either would help. Thank You
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:01 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Found out that you can get 6.5-06 AI dies but their custom and expensive. almost three hundreed from lee and 150 from RCBS ( which is 6.5-06 improved) I think its the right one. Is all the cost of form fireing and super expensive dies worth it over a standard 6.5-06. Thanks again.

Last edited by pyroducksx3; 09-30-2009 at 07:39 PM. Reason: better clarification of what I was asking
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