Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06
260 Remington: I’ll write how I got there, agree or disagree…
Forty years ago Jack O’Connor wrote about all the big game in Africa and North America he either shot himself or witnessed shot with the 7x57 Mauser. Jack wrote the 154 grain bullet was the best all around bullet in the 7mm Mauser and you should recall that bullets of over 40 years ago are far inferior to the superior bullets we have today. In fact, Petzal and Barsness are both gun writers of today advocating standard cartridges over super magnums because of, in part, modern super bullet construction.
Today, the modern 7-08 is the equivalent of the 7x57 and the 260 Remington is the 6.5mm cartridge also necked down from the .308 Winchester. As we know on this forum, the 6.5mm bullets have ballistic advantages over 7mm bullets though both are excellent choices. I decided to have a 260 Remington built with a 24” eight twist barrel in front of a custom action.
I shoot 140 grain bullets; either a 140 grain Berger VLD for deer sized game or an old school, deadly 140 grain Nosler Partition for elk and moose. The 140 grain 6.5mm Nosler Partition has higher sectional density and ballistic coefficients than the 160 grain 7mm and 180 grain .308 bullet which gave me confidence in the elk and moose woods. Let’s recall how a bullet (or arrow) kills: tissue destruction AND penetration; and a 140 grain penetration bullet like the Nosler Partition in 6.5mm does the job.
Both the elk and moose I shot were one shot kills. The elk was a DRT (dead right there) high shoulder shot and the moose ran 60 yards, laid down and died after being double lunged with the partition. Jack O’Connor was right, the light recoil permits precision shooting and the excellent ballistics of the 6.5mm 140 grain bullet does a great job penetrating and killing game.
After listening to a Saskatchewan Outfitter complain about my rifle’s caliber, I took up the 140 grain Nosler Partitions in the 260 to keep him happy and dropped a heavy, mature whitetail buck right on the feed pile, DRT. The 300 magnum crowd enjoyed poking fun at my “woman’s gun”, but I reminded them that my whitetail was the only DRT that week and one of the cavemen got “scoped” which bled all day.
Had the 6.5-06 not been a wildcat, I might have considered it but I have zero complaints about the 260. Quality brass is available, my loads go into Nosler brass.
As has been discussed by others on this forum, I consider this rifle to be an easy consistent 500 yard terminator of non-dangerous game when I have time and know the exact range and it is fun to ring the 600 yard 10” gong nearly every time when I do my part correctly.