Originally Posted by busse fan
Being In Canada I can get the t3 lite in 260 rem or 6.5x55. Hey are both 1-8 twist. I would use lapua brass for both and want to shoot 140 vlds. It is my understanding that the actions are the same length but different size mags are used and that the 6.5 is throated very long. I also realize that the tikkas are generally smoother and more accurate than rugers. I want to shoot 140 vld at 2700+ for northern deer. Which of the 3 rifles will do this in the best manner (accuracy, ease of load dev, brass longevity etc.).
I'll be the odd man out and vote for the Swede. Your abservation
about the long throat is due to the original SAAMI reamer being set up for 160grn RN bullets. If you are using factory ammo the .260 and 6.5x55 are ballistic twins, but if you are going to reload which i assume is the case then the Swede has more capacity and can easily beat 2700fps with 140grn pills in a modern strong action like the Tikka. If both are on the same action (long to accomodate the Swede) then you may as well get something out of the extra weight you're carrying in the form of horse power. As for the long throat, that can be over come by loading out to mag length and neck sizing assuming that you don't have enough mag length to reach the lands, which you may. Either way, .260 or Swede, 2700fps is an attainable goal and you can't go wrong with the .264/6.5 bore.