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Poll: What is a better hunting caliber the 260 Rem or the 6.5-06?
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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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  #127  
Old 09-09-2011, 10:45 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I voted 260, because I am having one built. It would have been the 6.5x47L but now that Lapua makes 260 brass cheaper, it was an easy choice.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I like them all. I've got 2 260's in Steyr platform one a mountain (20' bbl) Prohunter SBS (my wife claims this gun as the stock fits her with the adjustable LOP spacers) and the other a Stainless full length barrel Pro Hunter SBS. Both Steyr's are 1/2 inch guns or better if I do my part. The long one loves Federal 120gr Barnes Triple shock factory ammo. But in my experience these two rifle like everything they're fed. Both of these guns wear Kahles 3.5-10 TDS scopes.

My 6.5x06 was the first custom I built out of school Whitworth Action and Shilen bbl. I've taken many deer with 140 Nosler partitions (this gun shoots better beyond 200 than it does close - Have shot .700in groups at 300yds) and groundhogs at extreme distance with 85gr Sierras. If I had to pick one 6.5 it's likely be this gun. It wears a swaro 3-12 TDS scope.

Lastly and not yet developed but one I'm VERY intrigued with is my 6.5x65RWS on the Mauser M03 platform. It will wear a 4-16 Schmidt & Bender with TDS reticle. Should go a bit better than the 6.5x06AI If I load it that fast.

My only general comment on any of this is that I doubt any game would ever know the difference unless your talking big heavy game with big heavy bullets (140 to 160gr) at extreme ranges (beyond 600yds) in that case the bigger cases with heavier loads of slower powder may hold an edge. Yet still if the 260 is accurate you can accomplish the same thing. All things considered it's wonderful to have choices for threads such as this.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:10 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I shoot a lot of .260 Rem and .260 Ackley Improved and have been able to push Berger 140 grain Target VLD's at +3000 fps using the Ackley, a case stuffed full of powder and a very long barrel. That being said, I can't get those same results with a traditional hunting bullet even if I reload to the point of blowing primers.

For a hunting rifle I had a custom reamer made by David Mason that necked down Nosler 280 Ackley Improved brass to 6.5mm and stuffed the longest bullet I could find in it. I don't have the rifle built yet but with the heavy 160 grain 6.5mm sledgehammers, I'm looking to get 3000 fps or more out of a shorter 24-26 inch barrel.

I still love the smaller 6.5mm for everyday range shooting and "tactical competitions". Build up a 6.5x47 Lapua, 6.5 Creedmoore or .260 Remington and you'll have a very accurate, fun and easy on the recoil rifle.

But for elk, or black bear or a big ole pissed off cat, I'll take a long action cartridge and as much powder as I can pack into it.

Oh yeah, and using a necked down .280 Ackley reamer allows me to use .25-06, .270 and .30-06 brass as well as the .280 brass.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:27 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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I shoot a lot of .260 Rem and .260 Ackley Improved and have been able to push Berger 140 grain Target VLD's at +3000 fps using the Ackley, a case stuffed full of powder and a very long barrel. That being said, I can't get those same results with a traditional hunting bullet even if I reload to the point of blowing primers.

For a hunting rifle I had a custom reamer made by David Mason that necked down Nosler 280 Ackley Improved brass to 6.5mm and stuffed the longest bullet I could find in it. I don't have the rifle built yet but with the heavy 160 grain 6.5mm sledgehammers, I'm looking to get 3000 fps or more out of a shorter 24-26 inch barrel.

I still love the smaller 6.5mm for everyday range shooting and "tactical competitions". Build up a 6.5x47 Lapua, 6.5 Creedmoore or .260 Remington and you'll have a very accurate, fun and easy on the recoil rifle.

But for elk, or black bear or a big ole pissed off cat, I'll take a long action cartridge and as much powder as I can pack into it.

Oh yeah, and using a necked down .280 Ackley reamer allows me to use .25-06, .270 and .30-06 brass as well as the .280 brass.
You should be able to reach your 3000' goal with a 160 grainer. I can get 3200' with a 140 in a 26" barrel in my 6.5 Sherman if I really push it. It holds about 2 or 3 grains more than the 6.5/.280 A.I..........Rich
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:18 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

do you have pictures or a reamer diagram of the 6.5 Sherman that I can look at? Here is a 6.5-280 Ackley Improved stuffed into a Wyatt magazine. Next to it are .308 Winchester and .260 Remington.

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Old 10-03-2011, 05:44 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Ranger,
how does the 6.5-280AI differ from the 6.5-06AI?
It is based on the same parent case, right?
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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Ranger,
how does the 6.5-280AI differ from the 6.5-06AI?
It is based on the same parent case, right?
the .280 case is actually a tad bit longer than the .30-06 case.
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