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Old 03-09-2012, 08:48 PM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

I have one more question before heading out shopping if anyone cares to answer. I was looking at the Remington Model Seven .260. My concern is the barrel is 20" and the twist 9" Will that affect the ability to get great performance out of .260 handloads? Does the .260 need a longer barrel to shine?
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:20 PM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

My girlfriend shoots a youth Tikka t3 lite in 7-08, it is a sweet little rifle that will do more than you need. A 260 is a great choice also. We looked at the model seven 260, and ended up with the tikka 7-08. She liked the tikka better. I would check out the savages. They have some new models in 260 you chould check out. I think you would be happy with a 260, 7-08, or 308. I would check them out and buy wich ever one you like best. For light weight those tikkas are awfully tough to beat though.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:13 PM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

a 260, 7mm-08 or 308 are all great choices, especialy if you are going to handload. Of all three rounds the .308 is the most verstile with the widest range of bullet weights(110 to 200) so you could duplicate anything the other rounds will do and more, and since your not shooting long range... ballistic coeficient is nill. BUT..of them all I love the 7mm-08 with a 140gn. bullet the best! Savage lightweight or Rem. Model 7 both rock!
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:23 PM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

I can't really offer a valid opinion regarding Rem Seven vs Tikka vs Savage. I think they could all be nice.

I would be less concerned about the 20" barrel. You may lose 25 to 50 fps per inch which isn't terrible if you're not shooting 1000 yds anyways.

I would be concerned about the 9 twist. That would be marginal at best for the 140's and I'd definitely want to have the 140's as an option even if you normally go with 130's.

That said, I'm sure that a 9 twist would still allow you to put a 140 in the kill zone of a cow elk at 200yds.

And, yes. I do like the 260 for this situation. My 18yo daughter shoots 6.5x284. But, it's a heavier Win 70 long action with a Kreiger medium palma barrel.

Best wishes with whatever you decide. All the ones discussed thus far will get the job done. So, pick one you like and enjoy!

Richard
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:40 PM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

I'd use the 130 swift scirocco for elk if I was hunting them with a 26 cal. They should shoot fine in a 9 twist.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:09 AM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

Great info. I appreciate all the input. I am sure I will be researching and reading about load development soon! Thanks guys.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:03 AM
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Re: Need Lightweight Recommendation

I would get a .270 just like your daughters to make reloading easier (same caliber). If you like how it feels then get the same rifle for yourself. A .270 has been taking game for a long time and will continue to do so probably past our lifetimes. You might get lucky and have both rifles shoot the same load in case one of you runs out the other one has more.
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