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Barrel length for .260rem?

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Unread 05-13-2009, 01:54 PM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

Originally Posted by loaders_loft View Post
Lou - what velocity do you get with the XP 100?
Right at 2600 fps using moly 123 grain Lapua Scenars and 43grains VV-N550 powder.

The same cartridge in the LR-260 gives 2900 fps.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:22 PM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

Just built a .260 Remington Improved on a Savage short action (formly a .223). I intend to reload with VLD but have not so far. Did convert to single shot only for other reasons though.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 10:15 PM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

ok, I will deviate from the convetional wisdom mentioned so far....

My 260 has a 28" barrel on it and I easily push 140grain bullets to 3000+. The purpose for my rifle is to be able to sit 'here' and shoot waaaaaaay over there. It is definitely not a carry-gun.

My 260 by MCR
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
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Unread 09-07-2010, 10:33 PM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

I agree with Trebark, though mine is a 26" #4 Shilen
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Unread 09-08-2010, 07:41 AM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

I think it all depends on what you envision doing with your .260. By building it with a laminate varmit stock (heavy), are you looking for more stationary hunting? If so, then go with a longer barrel. If you're looking for a light, more mobile gun, then go with a 20" to 22" barrel. Remember, you're talking about a bullet that has a high ballistic coefficient and great sectional density to begin with, so it's rather flat shooting. Will 100 fps make much of a difference to you? Don't think you'll notice it much. Basically, it's like the 6.5 X 55 Swede, a very popular round in Scandanavia and Europe for most everything. Many hunt w/light, handy rifles. However, that being said, I notice that Sako, in their Finnlight stainless synthetic, is putting a 24" barrel on that particular gun for their 6.5. A couple of inches either way won't matter much, except to you and what you intend to use the gun for. Great caliber choice, though.
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Unread 09-10-2010, 01:53 AM
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Re: Barrel length for .260rem?

Mine is 22" Douglas factory blued and long chambered #3 taper.

I got the 260Rem 98 Mauser barrel unused off the internet.
I don't have a 260 reamer, and I am no 260 expert.
Someone on the internet sent me a VZ24 action with welded bolt handle.
I bought a used scope off the internet.
I pulled a military stock from my bone pile.

It has only been to the range 3 times.
I do have Quickload and have played "what if" with that.

It only fired 3 shots on the third trip to the range per my range report:
100 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip moly coated # 26100 bullet moly coated ,
45.0 gr canister IMR4895,
2.940" over all length, almost no insertion of the bullet into the neck,
due to the short bullet and long throat.
Quickload prediction 61,328 psi 3261 fps
chronographs as 3,236 fps

0.99" 3 shot group at 100 yards, still perfectly sighted in on third
trip to the range.
The 120 gr Ballistic tip will probably be what I use if I ever hunt with it.
The difference between 22" and 26" barrels is ~ 100 fps, which is about 50 yards.

I generally give up on a bullet, for mule deer, when it gets below 2000 fps, 1000 foot pounds, or 8 moa elevation from a 200 yard zero , which ever comes first.

The elevation limit is at 550 or 550 yards.
The power limit is a 800 or 850 yards.
The velocity limit is at 600 or 650 yards.

So I can't see any real practical difference for 26" over 22".
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