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Old 09-19-2013, 11:31 AM
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260 rem or 308 win

I am new to the LR game. On a tight budget; am considering a Savage Long Range Hunter in either 260 rem or 308 win. w/Vortex Crossfire II 6-18. I have about a zillion pieces of 308 brass; have read several articles about necking down 308 so should not be a big consideration. I will use this rifle to mostly to hone my skills; do not plan to hunt with it. For you more experienced guys; would you go 308 or 260?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:45 AM
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Re: 260 rem or 308 win

260 would be a good thought several high BC bullets.......
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:12 PM
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Re: 260 rem or 308 win

The only saving grace of the 308 is less barrel ware. The 260 shooting a 140 berger or Amax at 2800-2850 just leaves the 308 in the dust in most categories. The name of the game in long range shooting is wind drift and the 260 is very hard to beat. Run the 260 with a high b.c. bullet through a ballistics program vs the 308 with any bullet and weight and compare them. The only one that gets close is the heavy 200-210 grain pills.

260 brass is easily formed from 308 but will also need to be neck turned for uniformity.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:08 PM
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Re: 260 rem or 308 win

Another saving grace of the .308 (for your purposes) is that it is more susceptible to wind. Therefore as a learning tool, you would gain more experience dealing with wind. Shoot the flattest most wind resistant bullet you can find and how much are you really going to learn? Once you gain more skill, you can always rebarrel it in .260.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:22 PM
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Re: 260 rem or 308 win

Or split the difference and go with a 7mm/08.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:06 PM
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Re: 260 rem or 308 win

.308 Win, 7mm-08, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5-284, or 6.5 Grendel......Any of those will be great short-action LR target calibers.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:35 PM
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Another saving grace of the .308 (for your purposes) is that it is more susceptible to wind. Therefore as a learning tool, you would gain more experience dealing with wind. Shoot the flattest most wind resistant bullet you can find and how much are you really going to learn? Once you gain more skill, you can always rebarrel it in .260.
Learning to dope the wind is a skill that is learned regardless of caliber. The nice thing about the 260 is that it allows for more forgiving results when the wind dope is wrong. Why learn to shoot a 308 wind hold then relearn a 260 wind hold. At 1000 yards there is about a 30" difference between the 260 with a 140 berger and a 308 with a 168 berger.
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