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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:11 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

When I was looking for a 260 I was contemplating just rebarreling my 243, I decided instead to wait and save up the money for the 260. So glad I did as I would have missed the 243 and it would have been a shame to waste a perfectly good barrel. Instead of converting the 300 WSM why not put a removable muzzle break on it? That way you could practice more with it and save up for the 260 you want. I would do that first, sell it right out second, or re-barrel it to 270 WSM third.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:16 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Just a side note to you all who say the 6.5 isn't enough to kill anything larger than a deer... don't tell the Swede's that. They've been killing moose up there w/the 6.5X55 which is virtually identical to the .260 for about 100 years or so now!
I'd go w/the .260... also Savage will be offering the venerable .260 in about 4 of thier platforms in 2011!
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:55 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

It kills American moose as well. My 6.5 accounted for one.....Rich
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:27 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Gentlemen:

In the 6.5-06 category, I have heard (unconfirmed) that the 6.5-270 will hold about 1.75 - 2.0 grains more powder than the 6.5-06 due to the longer neck. Can this be confirmed?

This will be a pure hunting rifle with mild recoil (vs. 300 mags) using a 140 grain bullet and I am attempting to get as close as possible to 3000 feet per second out of a 25-26 inch, 9 twist barrel so the extra grain or two is important.

I see RCBS is making 6.5x64 dies...

Thanks for any input
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:26 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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Gentlemen:

In the 6.5-06 category, I have heard (unconfirmed) that the 6.5-270 will hold about 1.75 - 2.0 grains more powder than the 6.5-06 due to the longer neck. Can this be confirmed?

This will be a pure hunting rifle with mild recoil (vs. 300 mags) using a 140 grain bullet and I am attempting to get as close as possible to 3000 feet per second out of a 25-26 inch, 9 twist barrel so the extra grain or two is important.

I see RCBS is making 6.5x64 dies...

Thanks for any input
NOT TRUE! It is true that a ..270 case holds that much more than an '06 case but only because a .270 has a longer neck. When chambered for 6.5-06, you have to shorten the neck to fit the chamber, which is an advantage when forming 6.5-06 brass, but does not increase case capacity. Unless you use a reamer that increases the body diameter or length, you will end up with the same capacity. Examples of increased capacity are the 6.5 A.I., 6.5 Gibbs, or my 6.5 Sherman, but they all increase the body size of the case. Hope this helps........Rich
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:29 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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Gentlemen:

In the 6.5-06 category, I have heard (unconfirmed) that the 6.5-270 will hold about 1.75 - 2.0 grains more powder than the 6.5-06 due to the longer neck. Can this be confirmed?

This will be a pure hunting rifle with mild recoil (vs. 300 mags) using a 140 grain bullet and I am attempting to get as close as possible to 3000 feet per second out of a 25-26 inch, 9 twist barrel so the extra grain or two is important.

I see RCBS is making 6.5x64 dies...

Thanks for any input
Just realized that you did say 6.5-.270. If the reamer is full length .270, then the statement is true. My bad!.......Rich
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:52 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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For what it is worth: Most of my hunting since the 1960's has been with a 6.5 Remington magnum in a custom rifle which had all the advantages the factory weapons did not. My competition shooting at 600-1,000 has been with the 6.5 x 284. When I compare the problems the magnum brass caused at higher pressures compared to the 6.5 x 284 I wished I would have had the 6.5 x 284 chambering in both all this time.

Most shooters who may choose the 6.5-'06 have not owned one. It is not a bad cartridge. With modern powders you can virtually duplicate its performance with the .260. One hundred feet per second difference can't be seen on a three hundred yard target and no animal you wish to hunt could ever tell the difference. An elks' lungs and heart are large, push a modern expanding bullet through either organ and that elk will die.

Accuracy, can you get enough of it? If you know the distance to the target and know your trajectory shoot that which recoils less and does not affect the five different nerves that run through your axilla ( armpit) region. Human beings respond to being punched in the shoulder, so moreso, some less. It takes time to really get to know a rifle. Learn about the rifle with the cartridge/barrel that lasts longer. In the long run, if 'smithed correctly you will grow to appreciate the .260, long after the concerns over some small amount of velocity are long forgotten.

Good Luck in your search.
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