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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:27 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Early on in the thread the cost of dies was mentioned. I shoot a 260 AI and was visiting with the Hornady boys down at the Dallas Safari Club Convention in January of 2011. Just in case you are not aware of this they will make a customsized die fitting your fire formed brass for $55-$75 for most chamberings. They do a scan of your brass and then mill the die to fit. I have been doing the false shoulder on brass that has been necked up to 7mm and then neck sizing to form the false shoulder. I then fire form. Having a great time fireforming Nosler brass becasue I am shooting half inch outside diameter groups at 200 yds on the first loading I tried. I have enough brass fireformed to start developing final loads and if the wind is not up too much will hopefully try that this weekend. I will let you know how the Hornady custom die does once I am able to use it and check run out on reloads of the best shooting combination. You can't beat the price anyway. And has anyone else tried there custom dies?
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Devins,
You are just going to have to work on your shooting..... :-)

Sounds real good, good data on the custom dies.
Ed
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:23 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Ed, you are not kidding about the working on the shooting because it doesn't take long for a guy to figure out these things are capable of doing a lot more than I can. I am just handicapped by the wind. I will have plans to do some shooting and be allexcited and the wind is 22-30 mph. I need to practice in that but it is not great for load development.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:01 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Go with the 6.5-06 if you reload. If you don't, get a 260 Rem or 270 Rem. (6.5-06 & 270 Rem are nearly the same! .264 vs. .277 projectile with the same weight & almost identical case)

The power that my 6.5-06 has at 600 and 800 yards is heads and tails above my 308. This will help with elk. If you want to coyote hunt the 6.5-06 can be loaded with many bullets (I use 142 SMKs) that are flat shooting and don't drift so much in the wind. I personally like the power of the 6.5-06 in a hunting situation. If I were just shooting at paper once a month at 100 yards, I'd get the 260 in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

You guys are on the right track with the 6.5-06 but if you are going custom anyway, you REALLY should at least consider the 6.5 Sherman. This thing is a screamer and barrel life is every bit as good as the std. 6.5-06 because of the case design. 3200+ with a 26" barrel and 140 Bergers with one hole accuracy. You still have 1000 ft. lbs. of energy at 1100 yds. and recoil is very acceptable with no brake. I have the reamer and TWO go gauges for more or less case volume. The stats listed are for the smaller volume with which you can use regular WW or RP brass (.270 or .280)...........Rich
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:27 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Elkaholic, what is the normal load range of the Sherman vs the 6.5-06. I mean if I am going to load book max on 140 gr Berger on the 06 vs the Serman in the same powder what is the difference in capacity or load between the two. I am interested because we are wanting to build my son in law a 6.5 also. I love my 260 AI. I have had a blast with it so far and am totally impressed with it and its mild recoil but we were looking at the 6.5-06 for him but we are a ways from starting yet so we could be converted still, LOL. Let me know the rest of the scoop.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:35 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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Elkaholic, what is the normal load range of the Sherman vs the 6.5-06. I mean if I am going to load book max on 140 gr Berger on the 06 vs the Serman in the same powder what is the difference in capacity or load between the two. I am interested because we are wanting to build my son in law a 6.5 also. I love my 260 AI. I have had a blast with it so far and am totally impressed with it and its mild recoil but we were looking at the 6.5-06 for him but we are a ways from starting yet so we could be converted still, LOL. Let me know the rest of the scoop.
The Sherman holds at least 11% more powder than the std '06 and is as much better than a std is over a .260 in my opinion. Case life is excellent with the minimal taper case and 40 degree shoulder. It still has a .300" neck which is far superior to the old Gibbs case and holds more powder than the Gibbs. The case capacity is right there with the WSM case. Accuracy is excellent. I have two versions now (one holds about 1 grain more than the other). Because of the larger case capacity, you can take advantage of some of the slower powders like Retumbo or RL-25. I could rent you the reamer for the std. rental fee and either go gauge. Hornady and Pacific have the specs to make dies and do a great job..........Rich
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