Re: Remington 260...The new Sniper rifle?
I always love to read these articles that claim this cartridge or that cartridge blows the 308 out of the water. Again we read of mountains and mountains of "paper" ballistics.
In the real world the 260 can have a slight performance gain at 1K over the 308. Blow it out of the water? Hardley. You gain a whopping 12" of trajectory and a whopping 18" of less drift in a 10 MPH wind and a whopping 83 FPE at 1K. What does this all meen at 1K? you still have to compensate for wind and drop and you get a smaller hole with less barrel life. With the 308 you get bigger, heavier bullets with more velocity than the smaller lighter ones. Out to 600 the 308 will do better, albiet slightly in 2 out of the 3 main catergories (drop, wind, energy). About as much as difference as the 260 over the 308 at 1K. That is minimal. What they fail to tell you is that in a 26" barrel you can get 3000 FPS with the 155 SCENAR. Also with a standard 308 12x barrel you get much less sideways torque than you do with the 9-10 twists used in the 260.
There is a reason you still see the 308 on the front lines.
Again, if you want to "blow the 308 out of the water" using a smaller bullet in the same old case is NOT the place to do it. If an idavidual wants to blow the 308 out of the water, use a bigger case.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 01-02-2009 at 04:17 PM.