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Old 11-30-2011, 10:20 AM
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260 rem

I am looking into either a 260 rem or 6.5 Creedmoor for deer hunting and long range target. The one concern I have is that im not going to get a 140gr berger to touch the rifling of the savage 16 FCSS. I assume this problem would be solved with the Creedmoor but it has only hornady brass. The 260 would have the advantage in that I could convert it to a 260AI with the factory barrel.

Does anyone know if a 140gr berger or other VLD can be seated to touch the lands in a 260rem (savage 16)?
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:35 PM
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Re: 260 rem

Don't know the answer to your question but do know that Berger VLD bullets DO NOT need to be seated into or to the lands to shoot well. They will shoot waaaaaaaaaaaay off the lands just as good. Look in the reloading thread at the top of the page in the stickies to see how to load Berger bullets.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:28 PM
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Re: 260 rem

Thanks for the info on the bergers, I have only used them in my ARs. My concern was also on powder capacity encroachment. Even if the load shoots well, which would make me happy, it would be nice to get as much as I can out of the round.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:16 PM
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Re: 260 rem

I use the 140 gr. Bergers in my .260 AI. I started with the same reamer as Terry Cross ( Terry's Tactical Two-Sixty AI ) but ended up having the throat extended by .105". In my .260 AI.......I'm just touching the lands.....I'm getting a consistent 3050 fps + without pressure signs.....but I'm using a 31" tube. This has to be the sweetest shooting rig I've ever owned. Will compare it to a full on custom .338 SIN that should be finished soon.....as far as long range accuracy...600 yards+.

Wayne
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:44 PM
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Re: 260 rem

My shooting buddy has a Sako TRG22 in 260 Remington. We shoot out to 1000+ yards pretty frequently. He has NO problem hitting the steel out that far with SMKs. I think he is loading 142gr. SMKs. He has also tried the 139gr Scenars, but the matchkings shoot better. I can't remember his COAL, but I know that he is jumping the matchkings. I know neither of those bullets are considered a "hunting" bullet, but that's not to say they won't kill either.

I loaded some 168gr SMKs for my brother in 7RM. He killed a nice 8pt buck last week with it. He shot him in the neck at 80yds. He said the entrance hole was big enough to get two fingers in easily. He also said the exit was big enough to fit his fist in and move it around.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:55 PM
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Re: 260 rem

Senderofan, that sounds great getting that type of performance out of at 260AI. I'm not sure I would enjoy lugging around 31'' of barrel in the woods though. I have started to rethink my choice of getting a factory gun. I have an m48 mauser that doesn't shoot worth a darn(I have literally tried every 8mm bullet made), I checked the magazine and I can load well beyond 30-06 COAL. I am talking with a gunsmith now about rechambering it to 280AI or 260AI, I'm not really sure which I want now. If I go with the 280 I'd probably get a 26'' barrel, and 22-23'' with the 260.

I have not invested in a neck turner yet, I have been getting around that by using lapua brass in my guns. Senderofan do you have to neck turn with that 260AI, not purely for better accuracy but to remove a "donut" from fire forming?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:59 PM
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Re: 260 rem

CRNA, that is good to hear about not having issues with jumping the SMKs. I only have range access currently out to 400 yards on my farm, so a few fps lost from seating the bullet deeper probably wont be a problem. I imagine that I could easily turn a savage in to a two shot gun, one in the chamber loaded long and one in the mag. I have a few guns that will accept one round in the top that is loaded far beyond the COAL that the magazine can take.
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