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Old 09-08-2006, 07:27 AM
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Re: considering a .260 project


I believe that you will be real happy with the 260 in almost any platform. I run a Hart 24" barrel + brake on my comp 260 with the 140 AMAX and H4350 to 2818 fps with no problem and got to 2890 before there was any noticeable bolt lift. Everyone is giving you good adivise, the LA is no problem just gives you more room and options. The components you outlined sound like a good package. The 260 is my favorite small cartridge it is tough to beat for long range work in its power zone.
Shawn Carlock

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Old 09-08-2006, 03:23 PM
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Re: considering a .260 project

I agree with Shawn, the 260 or 260ai Is a great light gun.
The 140 a-max is the preffered pill in my gun also.

Shawn, are you able to spot your own shots with the break on your gun? I have unbreaked #8 @26" I can't see the actual impact, just a split second after dust or debree cloud.
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:28 PM
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Re: considering a .260 project

I can see the bullet impact at any distance over 300 yds.

Shawn Carlock

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Old 09-16-2006, 05:42 PM
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Re: considering a .260 project

I have shot both the 6.5-06 in a 24" hunting rig and the 6.5 Mystic (my version of the 260AI) in a 30" F class rifle.

Both push a 140gr class bullet to 2900 to 2950fps very accurately. They are very effective for moderate LR hunting too.

The 6.5-06 was braked and the Mystic is 18lbs. Am able to spot impacts (closer with the braked rifle of course).

If you build a heavy rifle, your kid will have no issue shooting it. My 18lbs rifle just gives a push similar to a 22/250 in a light varmint rifle.

my 6.5-06 loved the SST's and my Mystic loves the Lapua. Both shoot H4831SC as their best powder and CCI BR2 for primer.

I would look for a push feed action if planning to use an AI and feed from the mag. i really like the new center feed Savage actions and might just build myself a Mystic for hunting.

Some controlled feed actions don't like sharp shouldered cases.

Either way, you will enjoy the rifle.

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Old 09-21-2006, 02:47 AM
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Re: considering a .260 project

Bryan D,

I have posted a similar question on this site, here is some great feedback I have received so far:


Let me know what you decide on?
I hunt South Texas
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