Re: cant make up my mind on a new round
If all I wanted to do was punch 1K paper with modest cost of operation and have good barrel life to boot I would be looking at the 7mm08. It will win out over the 260 except for recoil. It will also win out over the 308 in the windage department.
The 308 has been my goto round for years. Even to 1K the 308 is easy to shoot good. The 708 however, running 162 AMAX's or 168 VLD's could be even easier. The 308 is not obsolete as the 190 VLD and the 208 AMAX offer some pretty impressive 1K opprotunities even compared to the mighty 162 AMAX but I have to admit the recoil sucks. It is milder than the magnums but is alot more then the 7mm08 with the 162's. I actually have a 7mm barrel on order. It will be chamberd for 7mm08 in 9x for the heavier bullets. This will not be a match rifle though, just a 1K dall sheep stick.
The 6.5x284 is the ultimate 1K paper puncher. It is also the ultimate barrel eater. If money and time are no object, it is borderline impossible to beat it for a match cartridge.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.