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LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

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Unread 08-21-2005, 07:11 PM
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LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

Any suggestions. This rifle will be primarilly used for deer out to 800y

I finished putting it togehter Fri. night, Saturday it's 7,8,9, bullets grouped .325"@ 100y. This was the forming load at 2700fps with 139gr lapua scenars.

I've read the scenars don't open up. What do you guys use for deer in the 6.5?

Anybody have a pet load in the 260AI?

Thanks for any help.
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    Unread 08-21-2005, 08:38 PM
     
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    Well I am in the same boat sorta.. I have a 260 that I am working up loads for ...
    I am gonna try the 140 amax which sure have shown some good intital results...

    the 142 gr smk's have had some inconsistient results but "should" work.

    In talking to a few select individuals who shoot the 6.5's A LOT they have all switched to the A-max for deer.
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    Unread 08-22-2005, 05:55 PM
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    Thanks Ric, I thought the a-max might open up to quick, but with the high sectional densitys of the 6.5 maybe not?

    I'll give them a whirl. If you get a chance to test them on a deer don't hesitate to give a report. Soonest I'll get a chance will be Oct.

    Do you think at 2750fps this will cause close range failures
    with the a-max?
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    Unread 08-22-2005, 07:28 PM
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    NO. Just hit the lungs and you'll be fine. JMO but I like the A-max's better then any bullet I've used for hunting deer from 40-720yds.
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    You might want to give the 140 gr Hornady SST a try, they shot as well as the 140 A-max (only about .75-1.0 moa) in my rifle. They are tougher than the A-max for closer shots and tend to drop deer where they are standing.

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    Unread 08-23-2005, 03:20 PM
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    I second the 140gr SST. They shoot extremely well in my rifles and expand down to some pretty low velocities. No issue handling a 2700fps impact.

    Jerry
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    Re: LR hunting bullet for 260AI ?

    I'm only killing paper w/ mine right now, but IMR7828ssc has been really good for me w/ 139-142gr bullets. H4350 a close 2nd.
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