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.264 Win Mag opinions

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Old 06-20-2010, 03:37 AM
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.264 Win Mag opinions

I have been doing some looking around and talking with knowledgeable people and reading tons of ballistic charts and I have come to the conclusion that I am going to get into a .264 Win Mag for long range deer hunting and target shooting. Everywhere I looked I found very few ballistics and reloading information on the 264. Most everything was for standard cheap factory ammo and the ballistics were not that great, but I cannot find any good handload information and was wondering if anyone out there has any opinions of the .264 and any information that may get me started. Thanx!

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Old 06-20-2010, 07:36 AM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

From what I've read, don't go short on barrel length if you want to reap the benefits of that case capacity.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:11 AM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

Check Reloadersnest.com for load data. They have a good bit of info, but always start at least 10% low. If you want to pay 19 bucks ammoguide.com is also good for load info. As far as the caliber, it is the ony 6.5 I never intend to own. It is horribly inefficient and I can put a safe but high pressure load in my 6.5-284 and come very close to a 264 win mag with 15% less powder. Not trying to change your mind, just not fond fo the cartridge. However like others said, you need a 26 inch tube at a minimum, and if you are building it, I would recommend a 28 inch, even for a hunting rifle. My dad has a 280 ackley with a 27 inch shilen that has been turned down to an ultralite taper, it is bedded nicely and on a Husqvarna action and shoots sub MOA with anything I have tried in it, but I have limited reloading time with it, maybe 8-10 loads. Point is you can get a lot of potential from a long lightweight barrel. I'd go with a medium sporter type taper. You guys will notice I haven't ordered barrels for a custom rifle so I don't know the numbers on the tapers. But I have played with a lot of custom rifles others have had built.
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Old 06-20-2010, 03:58 PM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

Luv mine, its a Rem 700 CDL SF, 68 grains of Retumbo, 140 gr Bergers,WW cases, Fed 215M primers gives me 3166fps with SD's in the single digits. Having another one built as we speak, Stiller action, Broughton 5R barrel, HS precision stock, I think it'll be a shooter, at least I hope so.
If cartridge efficiency were the criteria for owning long range rifles, I think you would have to eliminate about half of the popular long range chamberings. JMO
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:04 PM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

I agree that most long range cartridges are inefficient. The 6.5-284 is the exception to the rule in my opinion. I get 3130 with a 140 VLD with 51 grains of RL17 and a 215 primer.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:28 PM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

I love mine. 700 sendero with some minor trigger work and a bedding job and it will shoot 1/4 MOA with amaxs. 69 gr. of h1000 will put it at 3230 FPS
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:58 AM
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Re: .264 Win Mag opinions

Sweet!! I have seen exactly that velocity from that 6.5-284 but I was inside the danger zone of pressure levels I believe. It was listed as a safe load with a cci200 I lit it off with a Fed 215. Apparently that was a bit much. that is one difference, If I see 3200 fps I know it is time for me to back it down a bit. it will come with a sticky bolt and some seriously deminished case life. I would imagine you won't have to worry about that with the win mag. but man that thing sure likes powder!!
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