Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag
Got to go with the 264 Win, hands down! The grandfather of the 7mm, 338, and largely the 300 Win. Someone voted the 7mm over the .264 (or 6.5) because of bullet selection. I find there to be more than a great selection of 6.5 bullets! Someone else said that his 7mm Sendero kicked too hard. While it might kick slightly harder than the .264 win, in a 10+ lb rifle, there shouldn't be any problem with recoil, try shooting my 7 lb 300 Wby!!
While ultimately, I do like both cartridges, I prefer originality! If the .264 Win originally came out with a 24 inch barrel and the wrong twist to stabilize. However, if Wby had a 6.5 Wby, I probably wouldn't even be interested in this discussion. Kind of something grand about the Ackley Improved and Weatherby Cartridges! If Weatherby would have allowed others (Rem, Win, Browning) to freely manufacture his rounds in their rifles, I think that they would be more common! Remington has some special run 257 Wby 700 rifles (for example) those things are collectables!
If you guys are concerned about the short neck length, why not just lengthen it like I did?? I have a 264 Win with a .295 neck. The longer neck helps with seating, especially with longer VLD bullets! I shoot 140 grain bullets 3300 fps! Currently, I have over 2000 rounds thru the barrel and it is showing a little erosion. The last time I reloaded, I seated the bullet out .1 futher, and my groups have always been under 1/2. Instead of arguing back and forth about the short neck and the possible negative factors associated with it, just resize some 7mm Rem brass, use the longer neck and negate the possible negatives. On the plus side, it makes seating a whole lot easier!!
While I wish that Wby had a 6.5, I don't know why the .264 Win isn't more popular, other than it had the wrong barrel length and twist when it came out. With the slower burning powders, improved barrels, and better bullets of today there is more reasons to shoot the .264 Win.
My .264 Win is my favorite to shoot, and it has never let me down!!
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