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Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

 
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:35 PM
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Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

I'm wondering if anyone here has or has previously owned a savage model 10 predator or long range hunter models in 260 remington. I orginally was going to rebarrel my rem 700 .308 that has a 16.5 barrel. However after pricing out a rebarrel job I've decided to leave it alone for now, as it is an excellent woods gun. I know savage makes quality rifles but their twist rate of 1/8 is alittle higher than I'd like in a 6.5 caliber. I should mention that this would become my lightweight target/LR hunting rifle for speed goats some day Any reviews or range reports would be greatly appreciated as I plan to make a purchase shortly after Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:45 PM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

Why do you think 1:8 is too much twist? ....especially in a LR or target rifle for the .264/6.5 caliber?

Most of the bullets you might use in either application are very long - 140/142 gr.

Just finished helping to build a 260 on a Savage. Results were very favorable with a 5x5 whitetail harvested with the one shot and done method.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

My opinion is that 1/8 is excessive for any weight projectile the 260 will be shooting. Nothing beneficial comes from over stabalizing a round. Same goes for the 308 shooting 175s. A 1/10 is not needed when a 1/11.25 will stabalize them just fine. I'd prefer a 1/8.5 to 1/8.7 which is why I was orginally looking at rebarreling.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

I agree with not needing to over stabilize. Although personally I think you need a 8.5 at slowest. I built a 9 twist 6.5x284 and we had to drop to the 130gr berger. Wouldn't stabilize a 140 Amax or the 140 Berger. I've had good luck with 8twists in the 6.5x284s so I wouldn't let that scare me.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:01 PM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

I am no twist expert but even berger claims the 8 twist is the target for the 140 vld. They have a stability program you can play with on their site. I shoot 160 matrix in my 6.5-284 and 8 twist and my rifle loves them.

On another note I have put several rounds through a 260 in a 12LRP and compared it to my 6.5-284. The LRP has 26" heavy bull and it shoots quite well. Nice rifle, very heavy. Speeds are impressive as well for a 260. I was seeing 2800 to 2850 on the chrono with the loads we had worked up. Seems to be shooting consistent .35 groups. I think it is a great chamber.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:28 AM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

1:8 twist is far from excessive in the 260. To shoot the long 140s like the bergers and Amax you will be glad you have it.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:34 AM
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Re: Anyone with a savage rifle in 260?

I have a savage 12 lrp hunter in a manner t 5 stock chambered in 260. The rifle is heavy but it does shoot well. The twist seems fine to me as I am actually shooting the 123 gr bullets. I loaded some 130 gr bergers for hunting and those shot very well too. The better groups out of this rifle are in the .3's at 100 yards and about 1.5" at 300.

Its going to be my long range target / plinking rifle. Probably going to be rebarreling a 7 mag to 7 stw for the long range hunting.
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