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Thoughts on .264 Win Mag

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Unread 01-24-2009, 10:35 PM
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Re: Thoughts on .264 Win Mag

The .264 is a necked down .338 Win Mag, not a .300. The .300 is the odd ball.

The 264 WM, 7mm RM, and 338 WM all share the same case.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 11:39 PM
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Re: Thoughts on .264 Win Mag

I have shot a 264 since 1964, 3 barrels, my fault hunting prairie dogs, just recently bored out the barrel to handle a necked down 7mm dakota to 6.5 case. It is much more accurate than the .264 and much less finiky. Just killed a coyote at 873 yards,first shot stopped him and the second shot put him away. 3500 fps 120 grain barnes,80 grains h1000.
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Unread 01-25-2009, 12:15 PM
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Re: Thoughts on .264 Win Mag

I have two 264 win mags that both shoot extremely well. I have not noticed them being hard to load for. They push a 140 berger with a .640 BC between 3200-3300 fps with excellent accuracy. Compare the 300 win mag velocities and BC's and see which one looks better at long range. Both will shoot equally accurate.
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Unread 01-25-2009, 02:48 PM
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Re: Thoughts on .264 Win Mag

The 264 has been my coyote gun since 1964. I ruined the first 2 barrels shooting coyotes and praire dogs, shooting until the gun was to hot to touch. Put a douglas barrel on it in 1980 and am still shooting .6 groups threw the barrel,granted, I dont have many riflings for the first one half inch and the gun dont like small bullets now. I converted the old barrel to 7mm dakota necked down to my old 264 and the accuracy came back. I have killed hundreds of coyotes with this caliber with the last being 873 yards. It dont have the kick of the big 7mms ,no muzzle brake-better to hunt with,but is every thing you could want on coyotes. I suspision that headspace is critical to m ake a factory 264 shoot well because of the belt. The dakota seems to be much less finiky I think because of the bullet being better center in the bore from shot to shot. Both shots went clear threw the coyote at 873 yds. Also, when winchester shortened the barrel of the 264 they took away a lot of its potential. Stay with 26inch or longer. Go with a scope with ballistiplex cross hairs for fast ranging,coyotes dont give you much time to shoot. I have this and the ranging turrets on the same scope-works great! The point of my duplex is 880 yards.
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