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Old 02-10-2011, 05:58 PM
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260 as a hunting round?

I dont get the popularity of this cartridge. Ya I get high BC Bullets and a accurate cartridge but looking at the velocity it looks like the only thing it would be good at is punching paper. I know people kill animals with smaller and slower cartridges but why. I guess the people that shoot 308's and short actions will be all over this cartridge.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:21 PM
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

It's no 338 Lapua, but you really don't need that kind of power for most of the hunting in the United States (or Africa, for that matter). If ya don't like it, don't use it.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:08 PM
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

It doesn't make sense to me to post such a thing, unless you are specifically looking for some sort of argument from folks. There are different style shooters, (thank goodness) and some simply don't want the kick your tag suggests you shoot.

But to say it only looks good for punching paper, you couldn't be more off base. It'll handle whitetail, mulies, antelope, and even elk to a certain degree.

I have a 260 and have several one shot kills ranging out to just under 500 yards. I also have a 7mm-08, a 7 rem mag, a 30-06, a 300 wsm, a 300 win mag and enjoy shooting them all.

Having said that, I'm not afraid to carry the 260 when I'm hunting. I don't punch much paper, but I'm guessing it would be easy on your shoulder.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:11 PM
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

300 ultra,
Actually it made it's bones as a hunting cartridge in the form of the 6.5-308 then the 260 Rem.. After better bullets came out for 6.5mm caliber, the LR guy's started picking up on it; well we know what happen then. In my neck of the woods it's well thought of as a hunting cartridge for most everything up to Elk at all reasonable hunting range. It's not short on power or leg's if you have to pull off a long game shot.
Give one a spin, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:51 PM
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

Don't overlook the power of accuracy, and tactics of long range hunting..
The cat is skinned in many different ways, depending on the challenges to logically overcome.

I see there are 'hunters' who set up a bench and shoot naval guns at game really far off. I don't relate to this as hunting at all but recognize that it can be impractical to stalk in some areas.
Where I live currently, deer are shot with buckshot as they cross the highway, running from 'deer dogs'! I could never do this either. It's just not how I was brought up to hunt. But I recognize that it's not possible to stalk deer here, because the woods have too much undergrowth to even walk through.

Where I'm from(NE PA), anyone can certainly stalk game, but they'll need a carry rifle to do so(reasonable weight), because it's all hills & valleys. An accurate 600yd gun with a bipod can be carried and suits the challenge there. Well, a very accurate carry gun is NOT a 15-20lb naval gun that is equally accurate in larger high recoil cartridges.

I shoot a 6.5WSSM with 139Laps. This is equivalent to a 260AI, and given it's accuracy I wouldn't hesitate to take any game in America with it to 600yds or more. So I can understand atleast local popularity in any cartridge that gets it done.
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

They are fighting words lol. Its a great round not just beacuse of the high BC but the above avarage SD as well. Combine all that with its low recoil and you have a real winner. Its a great round for light weight hunting rifles, guys with bad shoulders or youngsters. Its not a 50 thats for sure and shot placement at longer ranges is paramount for success.
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Re: 260 as a hunting round?

I had no experience with the .260 Rem before I picked up a used Rem Model 7 in .260 Rem with a youth stock for my (then) 9-year-old daughter. Her first deer with it was shot at 109 yards and 6" of the spine WAS MISSING. It's got all the powder of a .308 with a flatter trajectory. Bullet weights are sufficient to maintain energy at considerable range. While I'm not impressed with the accuracy of the Model 7, I am impressed with the cartridge.

My first deer rifle was a 7 mm Rem mag. I soon got tired of leaving cannon ball holes in deer I meant to put in the freezer. I then went to bullets that had more controlled expansion to limit meat damage. That ended when I put a target on a 9" oak and shot a few rounds. Bullets passed through the oak & shredded a 12" pine behind it. That much penetration isn't safe in the woods I hunt in because we never know when other hunters will wander through, so I dropped down to a .25-06 as my primary deer rifle. Lately I've been carrying a .243 on many hunts. Each of these has been "enough gun" for what I was hunting & the .260 doesn't take a back seat to either.

Now, I wouldn't pick a .260 if planning a moose hunt, or even a western muley hunt if ranges might be more than 400 yards, but for most deer hunting it's an excellent round especially in a light cary rifle.
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