Originally Posted by elkaholic
The newer powders do definitely make a difference in the performance of many cartridges. Wildrose is correct in saying it won't come close to the 26 Nosler. The problem I see with the Nosler is, a lot of .264 WM's have gone south with considerably less than 1000 rounds through them and the Nosler holds quite a bit more powder than the WM. For someone who wants a screamer but doesn't shoot a lot, or their dads name is "Krieger", it would be a good choice........Rich
There are no free rides in any caliber.
If you want a screamer you pay for it in comparably shorter barrel life, added recoil, and added muzzle blast vs lower velocity cartridges of the same caliber.
With any of the high velocity calibers you can get pretty good barrel life IF you don't shoot it hot. You won't get as good a life out of them as you will with a lower velocity round you shoot the same way though.
It's the trade off we make to have the performance we want.