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6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

 
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:20 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

Neither would be my choice. If your going to go 6.5 go big. I'm building a 6.5 STW. Something about 140's at 3400 sounds awesome. But if only had that choice go 6.5-06 more energy down range and go 1-8 to be able to shoot 140's.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:07 AM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

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I was wondering what the performance difference is between the 6.5-06 and the 260 Remington? For long range shooting (and maybe LR hunting), which round is more inherently accurate? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Neither is going to be more inherently accurate than the other.

I went with the .260 because of case efficiency and barrel life.

I wouldn't go back and do it the other way.

If I just had to have something faster I'd go to the 6.5 remington mag or the good ole .264wm.

You can push bullets faster with all of the above than you can with the .260 but you are going to pay for it with shortened barrel life and more recoil.

I've now had one shot kills with the .260 on both coyotes and deer beyond 750 yds so I simply see no need to "upgrade" to a faster 6.5/.260.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:58 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

Thanks guys. I really like the 260 idea for my young boys, and as Wildrose can testify, it is plenty capable to handle deer past 700 yds, which is farther than I will ever shoot it. Thanks for all the input. I appreciate it.
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

Not to go off topic too far but if you are thinking along the lines of the 260 then don't forget about the 6.5x55 as another option. It has a little bit more power than the 260 and you can get it in a number of very well made factory rifles including Howa and CZ, both of which have excellent track records for out of the box accuracy.

Just something to think about.

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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

260 so you can go buy lapua brass and no fireforming
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

Lapua brass is also available for the 6.5X55....should you expand your list of options.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:46 PM
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Re: 6.5-06 vs 260 Rem; Which would YOU go for and why?

I run a 6.5-06 and love it. The recoil with 140 bergers in a 9 lbs(all up) rifle is totally managable for practicing with. I assume that since this is a long range hunting forum that you be using it for such and practicing will be enjoyable. I'm at sea level and with a 24 inch barrel and a 8.5 twist I safely get just under 3000 fps with the 140 Berger. When I run the numbers that keeps 1900 fps out to 800 yards which is how I set my limit for distance for deer(fps). With the same bullet in a 26 inch 260 rem I get 2580 fps accurately. If you run 25-06 brass through the 6.5-06 die its a one step process and the oal of the brass doesn't need to be trimmed for a few firings. It's a great round for hunting. FWIW I have used a 264 win mag to get up to 3180 fps with the 140's but had a hard time getting it to stay consistently accurate. If I wanted more speed out of a 6.5 I would just put a longer barrel on the 6.5-06.
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