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Old 10-25-2009, 10:04 PM
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264 win mag --for what?

Who shoots the 6.5 caliber in what rifle, barrel length, and what do you use it for the most?
At present I have a 30" 264 mag 1" straight turned diameter barrel on its way to me for a Remington BDL. FPS on a 85 grain should be right at 4,000 and 3860 for 100 grain. I don't think you can get a much flater path than that.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:01 PM
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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

I blew 85 Sierras in my 6.5-300 Weatherby, running them at 4,150 or so. Made a helluva mess and took a while to get the copper back out. Out front, it looked like I had fired a .410 and the fragments shredded grass 5 yards in front of the gun.

100 grain Nosler BTs held together OK, but the 120 BTs shot better.

JMHO, but trajectory is only 1/3rd of the story when it comes to long range, and the wind is what really gives most of us a fit. Heavier bullets resist wind better and make long range hits easier. The lightest bullets I use in the 6.5s (.260/6.5-284/6.5-300) is the Normal 130 in the .260, and use 140 or 142 SMKs in everything else.
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:53 PM
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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

I shoot a 6.5 ICBM. This is a 7mm STW necked down to .264 with a 35 degree shoulder. I have shot the 100 and 120 grain ballistic tips. They are accurate but they lack the high BC I am after plus that large of a case is only justified if you are going to push the 140's to higher velocity than the 264 mag imho.

I am shooting the 140 and 142's to 3450fps. Rifle is a trued 700 long action with a single shot adapter glued in. HS Precision stock, Badger Ordinance 20 MOA base and bolt knob, 26" heavy fluted stainless steel K&P barrel w/brake and 1-8" twist.

The rifle weighs 12.5 lbs with a Nikon 6.5-20x44 Monarch scope. I use it for long range chucks and big game if not going to far or too high!
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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

Stormbringer, that cartridge sounds like it is very much like the 6.5-300 WWH I shoot. I too use it for distant groundhogs and the occasional deer.

What powder are you using? TIA, Ed.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:15 PM
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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

I do believe both calibers are very close in capacity. So is the 6.5 STW and the 264 Thor. Anyway for the 100 and 120's I have used RL22. It is a bit on the fast side but accuracy has been very good.

H870 used to be the best powder for the 140's. Now that it's been discontinued I am using US 869. I read somewhere that the ball powders are much easier than the extruded powders for this caliber and I think it is true.

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Old 10-29-2009, 05:24 PM
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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

Thank you Mike.

I had been running 83 grains of H870 in mine and getting 3,400 easily from my then-30" barrel. Carbon fouling was so bad though, I vowed to change powders when I had it set back.

I tried Retumbo and got good ED/SD numbers, and excellent accuracy, but velocity is below what I'd expect from the now-27" barrel.

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Re: 264 win mag --for what?

I shoot a 29.5" barreled 6.5 Gibbs, it runs 140 bergers at 3340 fps with 62 gr of RE22 if I want 3 firings before losing the pockets, but I normaly shoot 61 gr for 3200 fps and get five firings. and accuracy isn't bad if I have a good day it groups in the high .2's on a bad day its .4-.5" at 100 yards.
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