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Unread 04-02-2013, 06:57 PM
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260 rem coal

hey guys, for you guys that have a 260 and reload for it I wanted to know what your cartridge oal is when bullet is just touching the lands. I know it is different for every gun. I have a shilen 26 inch varmint contour barrel and i am using remington brass with 123 grain sierra matchkings. I am getting 2.860 just touching the lands. Does this sound about right to you guys. If so i am going to seat the bullet at 2.850 and go from there. thanks.
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    Re: 260 rem coal

    My rounds are loaded to 2.85 with a 130grain JLK so they fit in an AI mag. This length is not even close to the lands on my rifle. My rifle was originally built as a single shot and throated for the 140berger. So my bullets are making a loooooooong jump. My 260 by MCR

    Like you said though, all this is meaningless to your situation. Although a COAL of 2.86 on-the-lands sounds seems a little short, what you need to do is get yourself a Hornady OAL guage:

    Hornady Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gage Bolt Action

    With it, you will be able to determine almost exactly the OAL for that particular bullet when it touches the lands.

    Then my recommendation would be to set back .010. So if you are 2.86 on-the-lands, you would load them to 2.76. .001 is not sufficient set back because you would have a hard time loading them that precisely. This would mean that some of your round would be on the lands and some off the lands. And that would cause you lots of fits.
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    Re: 260 rem coal

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    My rounds are loaded to 2.85 with a 130grain JLK so they fit in an AI mag. This length is not even close to the lands on my rifle. My rifle was originally built as a single shot and throated for the 140berger. So my bullets are making a loooooooong jump. My 260 by MCR

    Like you said though, all this is meaningless to your situation. Although a COAL of 2.86 on-the-lands sounds seems a little short, what you need to do is get yourself a Hornady OAL guage:

    Hornady Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gage Bolt Action

    With it, you will be able to determine almost exactly the OAL for that particular bullet when it touches the lands.

    Then my recommendation would be to set back .010. So if you are 2.86 on-the-lands, you would load them to 2.76. .001 is not sufficient set back because you would have a hard time loading them that precisely. This would mean that some of your round would be on the lands and some off the lands. And that would cause you lots of fits.
    If they are 2.86 and you need to have loaded rounded mike at 2.76....you REDUCE by .10....not .010. 2.86-.010 gets you down to 2.85...
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    Re: 260 rem coal

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    hey guys, for you guys that have a 260 and reload for it I wanted to know what your cartridge oal is when bullet is just touching the lands. I know it is different for every gun. I have a shilen 26 inch varmint contour barrel and i am using remington brass with 123 grain sierra matchkings. I am getting 2.860 just touching the lands. Does this sound about right to you guys. If so i am going to seat the bullet at 2.850 and go from there. thanks.
    I make my loaded rounds sit at .02 short of the rifling regardless of the bullet used. From 124 Lapua's to 15? grain ?? Barnes I think they are???
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    If they are 2.86 and you need to have loaded rounded mike at 2.76....you REDUCE by .10....not .010. 2.86-.010 gets you down to 2.85...
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    Re: 260 rem coal

    I made a dummy round by sizing a fired brass case then cut 2 slits down to the neck, then put a bullet in the case and put round in the gun and closed the bolt slowly. get right around the same measurement every time I do this. 2.858 to 2.860. Does this number sound right to you guys?
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    Re: 260 rem coal

    "I wanted to know what your cartridge oal is when bullet is just touching the lands. I know it is different for every gun."

    And, from that, you already know that what's "right" is different. Our's isn't your's and we don't have a clue what your chamber's dimensions are so anything you throw at us sounds right if it's right for you. ??
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