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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:36 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

So for factory loads you are still saying go with the .260 over the 6.5x284? You guys are amazing with your knowledge about firearms. We are lucky to be able to talk to you experts on these forums. Thanx again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:39 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Sorry forgot to mention I already have .257 wthby and a .270 wsm
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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So for factory loads you are still saying go with the .260 over the 6.5x284? You guys are amazing with your knowledge about firearms. We are lucky to be able to talk to you experts on these forums. Thanx again.
There's not a bad choice between the two but I'd stick with the .260.

I'll say this though the .264wm is a real pussycat when it comes to recoil compared to all of the other magnums I have ever fired. Even in my lightweight 700CDL without a brake on it I have no problem seeing my impacts from 200yds on out.

I spent a lifetime wanting a .264wm, if I'd known what I was missing and that they caliber would still be around today I'd have had one 30 years ago.

I think both the .260 rem and 6.5x284 have carved out secure nitches and will both be around 30 years from now, but with Remington behind the .260 I have more faith in it's staying power. My wife is extremely recoil sensitive and she flat loves shooting mine.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:08 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

I didn't mean factory loads above, I meant factory rifles. I'm still debating a good factory rifle/caliber for under $1000
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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So in the savage you would take the 260 over the 6.5x284? Mainly because of barrel life?
Short Action in a hunting rifle is marginally lighter too. I'd take the 260 if I didn't want to reload since it is likely the easiest to find ammo for. Any of the mentioned loads have plenty of oomph for deer as they all out perform my 6.5 Grendel and it puts them down just fine up to 200 yards so far with 129 sst's.
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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So for factory loads you are still saying go with the .260 over the 6.5x284? You guys are amazing with your knowledge about firearms. We are lucky to be able to talk to you experts on these forums. Thanx again.
I kinda think the 6.5/.284 is about the max the 6.5mm bore can handle, and the 6.5-06 is slightly overbore (not by much). But think the 6.5-06AI will be into overbore, but not by a great amount. I also hold the Hornaday loading specs to be kinda suspect. In the Hogdon loading manual (#26) they publish data for the 6.5/.257 Roberts case. They show 2730 fps out of an 18" barrel with H4831 powder. Now with some of the better powders out here today and an 8" longer barrel, I think your knocking on 3000 fps. We already know the 6.5-06 will do this, and I am pretty certain you can get there with the 57mm improved case (going to be right at 60K psi). Dr. Arch got 2900 fps with a 140 grain bullet out of his improved 6.5x55 and a 26" barrel (54.0 grains of H450 powder). Perhaps somebody can chime in here with data for the 6.5x47 Lapua and the 140 grain bullet.
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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I kinda think the 6.5/.284 is about the max the 6.5mm bore can handle, and the 6.5-06 is slightly overbore (not by much). But think the 6.5-06AI will be into overbore, but not by a great amount. I also hold the Hornaday loading specs to be kinda suspect. In the Hogdon loading manual (#26) they publish data for the 6.5/.257 Roberts case. They show 2730 fps out of an 18" barrel with H4831 powder. Now with some of the better powders out here today and an 8" longer barrel, I think your knocking on 3000 fps. We already know the 6.5-06 will do this, and I am pretty certain you can get there with the 57mm improved case (going to be right at 60K psi). Dr. Arch got 2900 fps with a 140 grain bullet out of his improved 6.5x55 and a 26" barrel (54.0 grains of H450 powder). Perhaps somebody can chime in here with data for the 6.5x47 Lapua and the 140 grain bullet.
gary
The Sherman will make 3200' with a 26" barrel and has approx. 11% more capacity than a std. 6.5-06 and 5% more than an A.I. That is why I questioned the 3100' with the improved Mauser case. The barrel on my Sherman has lasted over 1500 rounds and still shoots under 1/2 moa. I think the reason is the neck length and shoulder angle are better than the .284 case, which keeps the flame point contained better inside the neck rather than in the throat. I have heard of 6.5/.284's going south with less firings but have never owned one so can't say for sure.....Rich
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