Re: My Mauser 260 Build Finished w/ Range Report
That's a nice build and some very good groups. Are you sure your barrel is a #3 Shilen contour? I built a 6.5x55 on a commercial mauser with a #4 contour. Your barrel looks quite a bit bigger than mine. In fact, it looks very close to a Remington varmint contour (which would be a #7, I believe).
As far as your twist goes, don't believe all the hype about how you need a 1:8 to shoot 140's. My Swede has a 1:9 twist and shoots well below .5" @ 100 yards with Berger 140g VLD's. Even if your 9 twist won't shoot the VLD's, it will most likely shoot regular 140g hunting bullets like the Nosler partition or the Hornady SST. Don't be afraid to give some of the better 6.5 bullets a try. You will likely be surprised at the results you get.
BTW, with the 140's, I use H4831 with excellent results. H4350 or RL-17 would likely work well, too.
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