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Unread 06-24-2010, 09:35 PM
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264 win mag?

Hey guys if you was going to build a 264 win mag what would you do? I would like to here from some guys that shoot this round and some guys that have had customs built. I like Remington actions but I would like to here what you would do or do different. barrel length, and maker action, stock, and smith you might use. I shoot a couple different 300 win mags one is a Sendero and the other is a bdl ss with a factory muzzle brake. I love them both but want something that hits hard with less recoil without a brake and has to be very accurate. thanks in advance
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Unread 07-15-2010, 03:18 AM
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Re: 264 win mag?

i love my 264 sendero. Shoots 1/4 to 1/2" with the 140 amaxs. Little felt recoil and is an absolute lazer. Been trying to get 140 JLK's to shoot but havnt had any luck yet, seems my twist just isnt fast enough for them. Shoots the best so far with 140 amax's at about 3230 FPS.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 07:11 AM
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Re: 264 win mag?

An old classic that delivers the goods. I shot one for 10 years with great results.

If I built one I would go with a Predator or Pierce action and any of the premium barrels , I like Broughton 5-C's have had good results with them

If I used a Rem action I would throw a PTG bolt in it (semi tight fit) takes care of slop and comes with an extractor.

Mine shot everything from 120NBTS to 140 partitions with good to great results

|With all the cartridges out there today a few of the older ones still get me exciteded 264 win 257 Rob
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Unread 07-15-2010, 07:58 AM
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Re: 264 win mag?

Having had a couple 264 WM over the last few years, As much as I like the round, I'd never build another one.
I have found them to be a love hate relationship. They can be very hard to find a good load for. Once you find it though they are a very accurate round.

For me I have not found a powder that works as well as H870 in the 264 WM. Being that powder is discontinued is a big problem. I shoot a 264 WM to shoot a 140gr. There are many 264 WM shooters that like the 120gr & 130gr rounds which is fine, but just not what I built the rifle for. I'd shoot a 257 WBY if I wanted to shoot 120gr bullets.

Just my opinion, but if I was to build another custom it would be a 7mm Rem Mag hands down. They are easy to get to shoot, you can push a 140gr faster than a 264 WM & a 160gr will almost = what a 140gr will do in a 264 WM. My 264 WM was best right around 3200 FPS with a 140gr. I have 2 7mm Rem Mags that are in spitting distance of 3200 FPS with a 160gr & have no more felt recoil then the 264 WM IMO. I also find the pressure to be not so spiky in a 7mm vs the 264 WM.

Don't get me wrong, the 264 WM is a cool round, but without the right powder & 26"'s it won't live up to it's potential.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 11:38 AM
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Re: 264 win mag?

264 Win Mag… one of the all time great and underrated cartridges of firearms history. If I was going to try a build one today, I think I’d look for pre 64 in 90% to 98% plus in shape, spin off the barrel and have a custom barrel maker whip me out a new matching barrel in 27” inch’…, rather then 26” barrel’…, with all the same contours as the original in .264 WM chambering with a slightly faster twist instead of the standard twist for the 6.5 cal. rifles
I’ve always liked the look and feel of the pre 64 Win “Westerner” with the 26” barrels. The old action speaks for itself. These {retro} barrel jobs done by a competent gunsmith can be very impressive and shoot like a LR match rifle in a hunting packaged size rifle.
Early in the game I picked the .257 Wby Mag over the .264 WM… Mainly do to “rifle style” and cartridge glamour in those day’s. The .264 WM was getting a pretty bad rap as a barrel burner, and wasn’t able to be reloaded to factory velocity {there was an explainable reason for that which came out later}…. I had a sweet spot for the Mark V. look and the fact that they {Winchester} had dropped the pre 64; is when I made my decision between the cartridges based on the performance of the Weatherby rifle style and cartridge as a combo. But the thought of picking up a pre .264 WM remained in my mind over the years... Who know I still might.
Just my .02
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Unread 07-15-2010, 01:06 PM
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Re: 264 win mag?

If I wanted that level of velocity/horsepower I would do a 6.5 WSM or RAUM.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 05:23 PM
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I would recommend another Sendero. Mine shoots great. Try RE 25 (start at 65.0 grains and work up) and 130 Accubonds or Bergers. Not enough twist for 140 or 142SMK in my opinion and experience. I have one and another on the way. Will replace barrel on first one with 8.5 twist Krieger. I have shots rocks out to 750 yards easily.
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