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Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

 
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:02 PM
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Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

I'm looking for what works for whitetail hunting in a 20" 1/9" twist barrel on a Remington Model Seven. I've read everything from 100-140 grain for deer, but seems most say the 100-125 range is sufficient for the size of the deer in Pennsylvania. I'd like to shoot something that performs well out to at least 300-400 yards. There are places where longer shots are available, but I'd expect for this gun, where I hunt, 99% of the shots will be well under 500 yards.

I haven't reloaded a single cartridge in my life. I've read the ABCs of Reloading and a .260 reloading manual.

I'm planning on picking up an RCBS kit, case trimmer, and 750 scale whenever I get a chance to run to the wholesaler. I'd like to get some loads worked up for hunting next year.

Any thoughts/suggestions/ideas (I know I need to read more and watch some videos or find someone locally who can show me the ropes)...I'll take them. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

Anyone have anything for a 1/9 twist barrel, doesn't have to be 20" or Remington. Just looking for a place to start. I'm seeing that most of the custom/match rifles are 1/8 or 1/8.5" and they're usually not shooting hunting bullets. I've read about kills with match bullets, but I'd prefer to look at something like the Hormady A-Max or SST, or Nosler partition ballistic tip, etc. I'd prefer to stay away from soft points. Anything that will stabilize in a 1/9 twist, ballistic tip type bullet, for hunting deer.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:45 AM
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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

I used 120 Speer Hot-Cor Spitzers with IMR-4064 BR-2 primers and Rem brass when I had this rifle. It was a deer rifle for under 400 yard shots and it worked very well in Pa and NY. Sold it because the 260 just didn't tickle me.

I like my 7mm-08's better. Now the 6.5x.284 is something else....
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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

Used the 123 gr. AMax this year on a decent sized whitetail. Hit him behind the shoulder and left a good sized exit hole. Deer went about ten feet and fell over. Used 45.5 grns. of H4350 in Lapua Brass and BR-2 primers. I did have to give quite a bit of jump before it would shoot.
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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

120g TTSX, H4350, Lapua Brass, CCI BR2 primers would be where I would start should work real well on bears as well at the distance you stated.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:12 PM
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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

Thanks for the suggestions. That's what I was looking for. I was thinking with the 1/9 twist, I'd need to be below the 130 gr mark. I was looking at the 123 gr A-Max and the TTSX bullets last night.

Looks like the H4350, Lapua brass, and BR-2 primers are common on this thread. That's a powder I have read that's frequently used in the .260. H4831sc is another I've read about.

I'm picking up the rifle tomorrow and I'll probably make the trip to the distributor for the reloading equipment and a scope.

Now...to join a club with a range longer than 200 yards in the area.

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Re: Hunting load recipes for Remington Model 7 in .260 Remington

I load 120gr Nosler BTs over RL-15 and CCI BR-2 primers for my wife's Model 7 260 rem. Velocity isn't as high with the 18.5" bbl, but accuracy is superb.
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