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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:46 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

You know, after reading through this thead again, I would recomend a straight up .270 for the type of hunting you want to do.

I have a .260, it is a great round, plenty capable, but if you feel it is not quite enough, the .270 is a great choice also. A .270 will do everything you said you wanted to do very well, does not recoil much, and has a great off the shelf loaded ammo selection in case you need some when out of town / state.

The .270 is not a cool high performance wildcat, but it is a great performing hunting round and is easy to load for.

Something to consider, ...
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:38 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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You know, after reading through this thead again, I would recomend a straight up .270 for the type of hunting you want to do.

I have a .260, it is a great round, plenty capable, but if you feel it is not quite enough, the .270 is a great choice also. A .270 will do everything you said you wanted to do very well, does not recoil much, and has a great off the shelf loaded ammo selection in case you need some when out of town / state.

The .270 is not a cool high performance wildcat, but it is a great performing hunting round and is easy to load for.

Something to consider, ...

+1 on that !
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:52 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

+2 on that. The 270 isn't new and exciting like some of the new fad calibers but it is as excellent one. It has been proven over many years.... reasonable recoil, excellent performance, wide range of bullets available.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:52 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I own two 6.5x06 guns and five 260 guns. Forget the AI version of both as a waste of time. Just compare the 264 to the 6.5x06 and think 68 grains VS 82 grains and 100 to 150 fps increase in velocity. You do not have to have a PHD in rocket science to figure this out. A 5% increase in capacity with the AI is going to do what for you?

Go with the 6.5x06 it is has the same capacity as the 6.5x284 and it is a toss up as to which one is most accurate. The 260 will cut both in group size but is a 3,000 fps round with the 140 VS a 3100 fps cartridge in the 6.5x06. Yes, I get 3,100 FPS with a Barnes XCL in my 6.5x06.

Just make shure you go with a 1-8 twist barrel.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:07 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

What barrel length and load do you use to get 3100'?
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:04 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

My 260 rifles and the 6.5x06 rifles all have 26 inch barrels. I have a 1-9 twist in each caliber and all the rest are all 1-8 twist.

The load used to get to 3,100 fps with the 140gr Barnes XCL was with IMR-4350. I started at 51 grains (2,982 fps) and worked up. The problem with the 140 XCL is that it left a mess in the barrel with serious copper fouling. I did not like the process of shoot a couple of shots, clean and shoot a couple of shots. If you did not do so, the groups went to 4 inches very quickly. The Hornady Interloc while slower, never was a problem with copper fouling.

Hope this gives you the direction you were seeking. If you follow this path, be careful about fouling it will jump your pressures.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:01 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Since there are only 2 choices for this poll I'd go with the 6.5-06 little more punch. IMHO I wouldn't concern too much about barrel life as before you know it you may want to shoot further and will do as many here have done and be buying another gun....but that's good and fun. Putting the 2 choices aside +3 on 270.

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