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Old 08-24-2009, 11:33 PM
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260 Rem pet loads

Just got a new M700 CDL SF in 260 rem. Been reading alot about reloading for this round and it appears that 140 gr is the ideal bullet weight for the 260...but I have also read that a number of folks couldn't get 140's to shoot worth a darn either. I'm thinking of picking up a box of 140 gr SGK or 130 gr Accubond. Anybody have luck with either of these...and what's your recipe? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:58 AM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads

H4831sc & 130 NABs are a good combo for the 260....Nosler has 140 ABs out too...
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:27 AM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads

The only 260 Rem. I have ever fooled with was when Remington first came out with the rifles. My buddy got a SS Rem 700 that had a 24" barrel. There was not even loading data out yet for it and you could not find cases or ammo to shoot up for cases. We made our cases by necking up Remington nickle 243 Win cases to get proper neck length. The 308 Win case left the neck a little too short. We found that this rifle really liked H-4350. We were using Sierra 140 Game Kings and 120 Pro Hunters because this rifle was to be used for deer hunting. We did not have a chrno at the time so I don't know the velocity but it was pretty good because we ended up with powder loads that are about 2 to 3 grs more than Hodgdon list as max loads today but we did not have any pressure problems. This rifle was just plain accurate. It is the only rifle that I have ever seen that would put 3 140's with one load and then 3 120's with a different load in the same hole at 100 yards. My buddy and I controled a big farm in NC where 100 deer a year had to be taken to help control crop damage. My buddy killed 50 some deer that year with that 260 from point blank to a little over 400 yards and he only had one deer take a step after being hit in the front shoulders. I tried to get that rifle off of him but he would not sale it. He now wishes that he wouldhave sold ti to me. Some X$%#@* broke into his house and stold it.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:27 AM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads

H4831sc is my "go to" powder for 280 rem...makes sense it would be a good 260 rem powder with the heavier bullets. Thanks for the tip on the 140 gr AB, Nosler doesn't list them in the newest manual or on their website.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:45 AM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads


great choice in calibre....for me Nosler Custom 260 brass; 43 grains of Viht N160; 139 gr Lapua Scenar (long range target bullet but load can be used with 140gr SMK also); CCI Br 2 primers. You really need a fast twist 1:8 rather than 1:9 to stabilise the heavier bullets in this calibre.

Chronoed about 2665 +/- 10fps through my 260 Rem...and I have taken it out to 1200 yards successfully.

As always you will need to build you load and ensure it is safe in your rifle.

'Those who beat their swords into plow shares may one day find themselves under the yoke of those who chose to keep their swords...'
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:25 AM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads

I own a Rem Model 7 in 260 Rem.. Last year I had a Hart barrel installed and now I am happy with the way the gun shoots.

I plan to take this gun with me to Nebraska in Nov. to hunt whitetails. I am trying to decide which load to take with me. I have two very good loads and I will let the targets at 300-400 yards decide for me. Here are the two loads.

120 TTSX bullets
RP cases
Fed 210 Primers
RL-17 44.0 grains Max load (Work up to this)
Velocity 2950 ft/sec

130 Nosler Accubond
RP cases
WLR primers
RL-19 Max load (47 grains) Work up to this
Velocity 2930 ft/sec

P.S. I forgot to mention that my gun has a 22 inch barrel. If your Model 700 has a 24 inch barrel you should be able to get 75-100 ft/sec more than I am getting. Also my gun has a 1in9 twist which I think is the standard twist so I have shot only a few 140 grain bullets.

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Old 08-25-2009, 01:34 PM
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Re: 260 Rem pet loads

My rifle has a 24" bbl and I will be using CCI BR2 primers. Hven't decided on brass yet, was going to go withe RP but I may check out the Nosler.

Zigliss - What are your impressions of the Nosler custom brass?
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