Just reading through some of this thread, lots of great info here. I have a Sako 85 in 260 Rem. 1:8" twist barrel, 22" long. (factory)
I have found a load with V-Max's over 44 gr of Varget for a great performing coyote load. They leave around 3240fps.
I seat pretty well everything I load in it a @ 2.900" as that's the max the Sako Magazine will hold.
After playing with several loads for my STW, and trying H1000 in it to get a load that is closer to full case capacity, I got thinking about my 260 Varget loads. As all of you that use Varget know, 40-44 grains in the 260 case leaves a fair amount of empty space in the case. So I looked around and sure enough H1000 has a few listed loads for the 260...
So today I loaded up a few loads to try using 50 and 50.5 grains of H1000. 130gr Berger VLD's shot great with both 50gr and 50.5gr, with a great groups well under an inch at 100 yards, @ 2680 fps. Little slow, but shot great. I tried the 140gr VLD's which shot well at 50 and 50.5gr at 2640fps. The last load I shot was 50gr of H1000 pushing the 139gr Scenar's at 2650fps, into a .242" 5 shot group at 100 yards.
The cases are full, and compressed. SD were very low. Much better than I ever got with Varget.