New here, its great to see a .264 forum! I have a Ruger hawkeye. With a stainless barrel 24". I will attest to this being a bit of a fussy rifle. Tried 4831, H870, retumbo..etc. all were decent but always a flier in the bunch. The man at the gun shop said to try some ball powder. I have now settled on win760. Seems to work with sierras & hornakdys between 100 &toilet 140 grains with cci250 primers. Just orders a model 70 sporter in 264. Want to see if a 26"barrel makes a big difference.
My dad bought a Westerner 264 in the early '60s. I grew up using it and gave it to my son and he grew up using it. It has filled the freezer with Western Colorado's game animals for a long time including elk and bear. We lived on a ranch and the 264 lived in the pickup as a coyote rifle and was used successfully for years.
Recently I got it back and am thrilled. I put a new Vortex scope on it and have not been able to get better than about 1'' so far with factory 140s. Reading this thread reminds how well it used to shoot, need to figure where the problem is. Uncountable rds fired so I suspect the barrel but need to verify that.
Very nice to read all the good things about this caliber, things have changed a lot since I had the rifle last. Just learning about bullet choices, seems like a whole new caliber.
I have a 9x57 mauser that was my grandfathers so I can relate. I would like to think the 264is coming back into popularity. I like to have something different than the rest of the crowd. Good luck resurrecting your 264!