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6.5 Bullet Recomendations

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Unread 07-14-2011, 10:48 PM
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6.5 Bullet Recomendations

What bullets do you guys recomend for .260 Rem on Whitetail Deer at closer ranges, say 0-300 yards? Rifle has 26" 1-8 twist barrel.
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    Unread 07-15-2011, 12:04 AM
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    Re: 6.5 Bullet Recomendations

    140grn Hornady SST
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    Unread 07-15-2011, 03:28 AM
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    Re: 6.5 Bullet Recomendations

    The 140gr Amax is also pretty good. I have shot a lot of Sierra 140gr GameKings, they work real well. The Barnes TSX, or TTSX work really well. For that matter, Berger VLD hunting bullets in any of the Hunting VLD weights work great.

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    Unread 07-15-2011, 06:46 AM
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    Re: 6.5 Bullet Recomendations

    Scirocco II's are the best if your rifle likes them. I also like the 129 gr Hornady Interbonds.
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    Unread 07-15-2011, 03:35 PM
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    Re: 6.5 Bullet Recomendations

    The plain old Sierra 120 gr SP or the Nosler ballistic tip 120 gr is all you need with H-4350 powder. With a max load that is usually tack driving accurate you will get around 3000 fps and they will hammer deer in their tracks. Sight in POI 3" high at 100 yards and at 300 yards you will be between dead on to 1" low depending on your scope height. Hold center of front shoulder out to 350 yards and not worry about shooting over or under a deer. Been doing it for a long time.
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    Unread 07-15-2011, 08:11 PM
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    I agree with RT2506 on the 120gn Nosler BT, H4350 and a 300yd zero. Bad Arse combo for the .260Rem. and it clobbers whitetails. JohnnyK.
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    Unread 07-16-2011, 08:16 PM
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    Re: 6.5 Bullet Recomendations

    I use a 6.5-284 and usually stay with the heavies because of my twist, but here are my experiences. The 120 barnes tsx is either spectacular or a total bust. I saw a buck shot 4 times from 150 out to 275 with them, all double lung, before he fell. All were strait thru, "0" expansion. The Hornady 140 sst and amax both were inconsistant in expansion, blow up too close and strait thru too far or if no bone was hit. I think this partially due to the high sectional density inheirent to the .264 cal.
    The only bullet I have had consistant results with is the Berger VLD in both 6.5 and 7 mm at any distance. My 6.5 smoked a 128 inch 7 point whitetail at 170 yds, dead right there, bullet fragments exited ,both shoulders broke, internals smoked, meat heavily damaged, no tracking needed. Same results on other deer and on coyotes, coons, and hogs out to about 400 yds. From 500 to 800 they still penetrate about 4-6 in then come apart. I mostly shoot hogs and they usually get up and stagger off with the 6.5 past 500 but they do it bleeding A LOT. The 180 vld in 7mm usually leaves them layin.
    Vlds can be finicky to get to group, but their performance is worth it. I think in a .260 the 130 berger would be a killer ticket.
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