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.260 Rem. Input

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Old 04-19-2014, 07:49 PM
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.260 Rem. Input

Hello everyone. I have a new Savage Model 12 LRP in .260 Rem. Tomorrow I will begin the slow break in procedure. It is topped with an ACTAR. I'd like some advice on what folks have found to be good bullet/powder combinations for accuracy. I will use it as a 300 yard deer gun and 500 yard groundhog gun plus lots of target shooting. I'd like to shoot mostly 120 grain bullets. I bought the bullets below to start with:

Speer Hotcore 120
Sierra Pro Hunter SPT 120
Hornady 140 AMAX
Hornady 140 Grain BTHP
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:01 PM
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Re: .260 Rem. Input

I have two Savages in 260. A Weather Warrior and a Light Weight Hunter. Both shoot well and the WW shoots very well. The Warrior likes Lapua 139gr over Winchester 760 powder. The LWH likes the Barnes 127 gr Long Range Hunters and Nosler 130 Accubonds. I have not had the chance to try the Accunonds on the WW. IMR4350 seems to do well in all rounds tried but Winchecter 760 has done very well. I have not had to the time to test if the W760 has any issues with temp changes. I never really do much of a break in. I do clean after every 10-15 rounds until I get a 100 rounds down the tube. After that I clean when I can.

Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:18 AM
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Re: .260 Rem. Input

I had a .260 Remington about 14 years ago and where mine was a single shot Encore pistol with a custom barrel set up I had to handle it's loading a bit differently than you will with your longer barrel. That being said, I shot mine from a bench and off bags and fired the same bullet weight range that you have indicated. Mine had a 1-9 twist so the 140's weren't as accurate, but still grouped around an inch at 100yds.

H4895 was the best choice for my pistol due to the quick burning required for the 14" bbl that it had.

You would be best served with WW760 or H414 (they are the same thing) or Hodgdon or IMR 4350. They are slower and you will have the more desired case capacity to fill ratio. There is no reason that either one wouldn't group out of that rifle. I'd stay away from any thing slower than 4350 or anything faster than 4895. There are several good powders in that spectrum with BL-C(2) being a good one. Anything a .243 Win or a .308 Win will eat, a .260 Rem can shoot too.

It's a great cartridge and easy to load. I have it on my list of cartridges to have and will get another one made in the future.

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Old 04-20-2014, 08:27 AM
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My Custom Rem 260 Liked 123GR SMK 44.5 GR IMR4350 Fed 210 primers shot bug holes with this 2.8 OAL also 120GR SMK with 44GR 4350 210M primers 2.79OAL was a one hole wonder as well , these were warm loads in my gun, start low work up. The best thing I found with my 260 is that it likes most any loads. I also shot the max load in the Barnes manual with 120 GR TTSX ,and could shoot 1/2 inch groups with this load too.

Good luck I hope you enjoy the 260 its a great caliber.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:09 AM
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In my .260, my load uses H4350 for the 140 A-Max. Great powder for that bullet in my opinion. Consistent 1/2" 5 shot groups at 100, and once a 3/4" group at 300.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for the input. Anyone have any on game performance with the bullets you are using that you could share?
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:26 AM
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Re: .260 Rem. Input

I shoot 140 Amaxs over 41.5 gr of H4350 for targets and 120 TTSX's over 42 gr of H4350 for deer.

Forget the brake in process. Its a waste of time and components.
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