Re: .264 win mag
I've carried a 264 for the past 3 years. Mine is a Mauser action Bell and Carlson stock and a 24" barrel. I use a 140 gr. partition or a 130 gr. Accubond for hunting. I've killed prarie dogs, coyotes several pronghorn mule deer hogs and elk with this thing. My longest kill is 535 yds on a pronghorn buck. My elk was closer but still a one shot kill. I can't think of a better medium game rifle that will work well on elk. Everyone talks about needing the extra 2 " on the barrel to make this caliber shine but I am very happy with the 24 ". The 6.5 cal. bullets seem to have plenty of knock down power for me and a shorter rifle is just handier in the field. The kick is no more than an 06 using 165gr. bullets.
I was looking for a 6.5 cal. because of the ballistics on the bullets and stumbled across this rifle. This is certainly my go to rifle for whatever I might be hunting. The only drawbacks I see to this caliber is you heat up a barrel quickly and you burn a lot of powder.