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long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:00 AM
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Re: long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

I used my light 6.5x47 Lapua with the Barnes 127 gr LRX to drop a 3x4 Montana mulie last Oct @ 500 yards and again in January for a large cow elk @ 450 yards.

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Unread 06-30-2013, 11:50 AM
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Re: long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

This is not a flame on anyone but something to think over.
One thing everyone does is use "energy numbers" which if you really break it down means nothing.
Momentum numbers of a given bullet is a much better comparisons.
Now I use to chase cows for a living and not the brightest bulb in the room but the laws of physics are laws.
If you are using a bullet that leaves the muzzle with lets say 5000 foot pounds of energy then by the laws of physic you should receive 5000 foot pounds of energy(tho scaled down) on your shoulder, and no we do not get kicked by those 5000 ft. pounds.
"For every action there is an opposite and EQUAL reaction.
Energy numbers are in fact a marketing gimmick and a way to judge one caliber or cartridge to another but in the field it really means nothing.
Inuit's have been using .22 Hornets and .222's to kill everything that lives in their country.
Neither one gives the kind of energy numbers that are called minimum for Moose and Polar Bears which just proves the point shot placement over all other consideration.
Do not misjudge my statement, I am not saying we should hunt our big game with a .22 Hornet or similar class of firearm.
But here in West Wyoming people have been killing all manner of big game including Elk and Moose with .25-35's, .30-30's, .243's, .250's, and the .32 Win Spl. not including handguns of small caliber just to name a few of the under powered calibres.
More than energy placing the bullet properly is the key.
And yes the .260, and other 6.5's including the .256 Newton are still viable to extended ranges, just look at the G7 numbers to bare this out.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 04:11 PM
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Re: long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

Originally Posted by mnhntr View Post
Whoever wrote the article you read has obviously not reloaded for either cartridge. The .260 handloads I put together with 140gr Berger VLDs have the same downrange energy at 1000yds as a Federal Premium 165gr .300 win mag. I wonder where these experts get their knowledge sometimes.
Actually it was written by Nathan Foster who is a gunsmith, reloader, and long-range hunting guide in New Zealand. He does not say to not use a 6.5X55, but rather to know it's limitations, watch the body weight of game it's to be used on, and choose a fragmenting bullet that works down to 1600 fps or less. His article was about personally observed and recorded bullet performance with virtually every kind of bullet on feral hog and goats at 0 - 800 yards. He has more LR kill observations than anyone I know of (there may be others), so his opinions rank high. He's been shooting his personal Swede for 25+ years. His "failures" sited are 3 bullet blow ups, another disappointing neck shot pig at 240 yards and a rear lung shot. He is all for ethical long-range hunting, has decades of experience at it, and knows what works.

With that in mind I am building a 6.5X55 now with a #5 contour Pacnor 1-in-8 throated for the 140gr A-MAX for hunting to 650 and plinking beyond. Know your gun, your cartridge, read the wind well, and record your own data on your chosen bullet's performance at different ranges on different weight game animals.

Field success to all,
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Unread 07-08-2014, 06:12 PM
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Re: long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

We shoot two 6.5 creedmores with 140s in the 2800+fps range out to 700 yards for whitetail.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 08:38 PM
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Re: long range killing power of 260 rem, 6.5x55 swede...???

Don't sell your 260 short. I shoot a 6.5 Creedmoor (very similar performance, different shape case) and wouldn't bat an eye if offered a 650 yard shot at any animal under 700lbs. IF I am hunting elk I will more likely be carrying my 280AI, but the Creed will be on the trip as backup in case of accidental damage (falling down the mountain or some such). If loaded with a high BC bullet like a 140 VLD Berger or Hornady 140 AMAX, your swede will have plenty of energy at medium range, and your limiting factor will most likely be (as it almost always is) windage. Check out Wayne Van Zwoll killing a big bull elk at 600+ yards on youtube with a creedmoor (very similar ballistics), and Thomas Haugland (THLR.NO) shooting the swede at longer ranges. I have a 7mag that I will probably sell because I can do everything I really want to do for less recoil with these other calibers. Don't use a BIGGER hammer, use a SMARTER hammer....
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