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260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

 
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:35 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

su37, What ae the specs on the 260 and the 6.5 x 284 the two of you are shooting? .... Don't mean to hi jack the thread.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:59 AM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

Buddy is shooting a Factory 700 Mtn Rifle and I shoot a 700 Ti with a #1 barrel 25" .
Weight is 6.5 lbs with scope. Scope is a 4.5x14 LR with an M1 on top.

We're ringing a 10" gong at 950 yards shooting over the hood of the truck.


It's about as complicated as it gets. (grin)
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:29 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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Regarding the 260 Rem versus elk, this is a good example of what precision shot placement will do for you.
Defensive Edge success story

The 260 Rem will be easier on barrels. If I were to go with a short action, I would look at seriously at the 7mm WSM.

Long action vs. short action & weight. I would not fuss over a few ozís. This is an excellent example of a nicely designed long action rifle.
Defensive Edge - "Sheep Hunter" in 280 Ack Imp

If I were to go long action, I would go with a 280 or a 280AI over the 6.5-06.

I once had a Rem M700 KS Mtn Rifle in 280 Rem it did a great job with Nosler 140gr BTís. I worked up some loads with the Sierra 160gr SBT, they shot very well too, I never killed anything with that load.
If your loading pretty hot hunting loads the short neck on the .260, that means short barrel life just like the .243. The vortex of the flame path meets inside the throat on all the .308 cases, where as the vortex of the flame path is still inside the neck on 30-06 cases. And if you go with the 40 degree shoulder in the Ackley style case the flame path is even better as it's in the first third of the neck. But I'm with you in that I'd go with a plain old generic .280 Remington. Ackley stated more than once that the .308 case (generic) was pretty much an improved case as it came from the factory, so velocity gains were not all that was cracked up tobe. The real gain with the Ackley case concept is longer case life and greater barrel life due to the major changes in the flame path (still not as good as the generic 30-06 case). Myself; if it had to be a 6.5 bullet, then I'd go for the .257AI necked up to 6.5 or 7mm. You get the longer neck, which handles heavy bullets much better than the .260 neck (still not quite as good as the 06 neck though), and you gain a bunch of case capacity. Another case to investigate is the Vias. It's really nothing but an improved 6.5/55, and that rounds really smokes!
gary
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:31 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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If you are asking the question about a 6.5-06, I then I suggest you consider a 6.5x284. It is a proven performer and you can get Lapua/Norma cases for it, no fireforming ...
and a 600 round barrel life
gary
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:37 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

You might like my 6.5 Sherman case. It holds 5% more powder than the A.I. and still maintains a good neck (.300) I'm getting 3150 with 140 Bergers from a 26" barrel I've fired between 800-900 rounds thru it so far with no problems. Accuracy is excellent and case life is very good as well.......Rich
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:11 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

First, I'll admit I haven't read this whole thread.

I have shot out two barrels on a 6.5/280 Ackley, and love it. M700, 27" #5 fluted, about 3300 fps with 120 nosler BT. I can and have killed everthing from digger squirrels to elk with this rifle. One spike bull at 528 yards, blackies at over 600, many blacktailed deer from 45- 613. It's a fun gun, big for yotes, but nice in the wind of eastern Oregon.

I will admit though, since I bought my 7 RUM and got it shooting, the 6.5 has been parked.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:07 PM
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Re: 260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

A lot of good advice here.

260 Rem vs 6.5-06; couple hundred fps; who cares. They will both do what you want at the terminal end.

Short action, go with the 260 Rem.

Long action, go with the 6.5-06.

AI, go with it if you want great case life, not the extra fps.

Definitely go the 1:8. You can get by with a 1:8.5, 1:9 if you live/shoot at higher altitudes.

Brass, Lapua or Norma when ever you can get it!

Alan
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