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Old 11-29-2012, 09:43 PM
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Lighter recoil

I hunt mainly whitetail in eastern North Carolina,and I am currently using a 308 win in a Remington model 700 bolt. Most shot ranges 75-150 yards,some do stretch to 250ish. I am starting to get older and the 308 is starting to hurt when I shoot it.(probably rotor cuff problem). Would the 260 be a viable solution to reducing the recoil without hurting the capability to kill deer at the stated ranges?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:48 PM
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Re: Lighter recoil

If you are happy with the rifle you have put a brake on it. That should solve the recoil problem, IMO.

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:20 PM
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Re: Lighter recoil

As a fellow resident of NC and being older and recoil sensitive, I will tell you that the muzzle break or the 260 will work great. Our deer are smaller compared than other parts of the country. The 260 is a great round for the Carolina's and uses the same case as a 308. Both will work. The negative with the muzzle brake is noise. So choose you poison.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:35 PM
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Re: Lighter recoil

The 260 is a step down in recoil for sure. Lighter bullets always help.
The 243 is a step down even more from the 260 and is plenty capable on deer out to 300 yds.

We've been using the 243 and 6mm Remingtons and 25-06 for big Wyoming muleys and whitetail for many years. Broadside or slightly quartering body shots pass completely through the vast majority of the time, especially when under 200 yds. It's pretty easy to get complete pass throughs at 300 yds with lung/heart shots. My son uses the 85 Barnes, I used to use the 95 and 100 grn Partitions. More recently, Ive used the 100 Barnes in 25-06. A good friend uses the 115 Berger with good results.

I promise, with proper shot placement and good bullets, any of the above mentioned cartridges are plenty good to 300 yds and even beyond on 250-300 lb deer.

Muzzle breaks make a huge difference, but are you willing to put in hearing protection for each and every shot? Even the close shots at 75 yds? I am not. In fact, if I am shooting deer at 75 yds here in Wyoming, it generally means the deer already knows I am there and there is very little time to get the shot off before the deer bolts off, never to be seen again.

I love muzzle breaks when we have the right protection in our ears, but a good friend is still suffereing from ear pain a month and 1/2 after the fact from being next to a different friend that was shooting a muzzle break this past season. I've suffered the same pain in the past from forgetting ear protection with a 357 magnum revolver........my left ear still isn't right a few years later.

Another option is a mercury recoil tube installed in the stock by a gunsmith. It will make the gun heavier, but weight is the best defense against recoil, and the mercury tube is even more effective.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:16 PM
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Re: Lighter recoil

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The 260 is a step down in recoil for sure. Lighter bullets always help.
The 243 is a step down even more from the 260 and is plenty capable on deer out to 300 yds.

We've been using the 243 and 6mm Remingtons and 25-06 for big Wyoming muleys and whitetail for many years. Broadside or slightly quartering body shots pass completely through the vast majority of the time, especially when under 200 yds. It's pretty easy to get complete pass throughs at 300 yds with lung/heart shots. My son uses the 85 Barnes, I used to use the 95 and 100 grn Partitions. More recently, Ive used the 100 Barnes in 25-06. A good friend uses the 115 Berger with good results.

I promise, with proper shot placement and good bullets, any of the above mentioned cartridges are plenty good to 300 yds and even beyond on 250-300 lb deer.

Muzzle breaks make a huge difference, but are you willing to put in hearing protection for each and every shot? Even the close shots at 75 yds? I am not. In fact, if I am shooting deer at 75 yds here in Wyoming, it generally means the deer already knows I am there and there is very little time to get the shot off before the deer bolts off, never to be seen again.

I love muzzle breaks when we have the right protection in our ears, but a good friend is still suffereing from ear pain a month and 1/2 after the fact from being next to a different friend that was shooting a muzzle break this past season. I've suffered the same pain in the past from forgetting ear protection with a 357 magnum revolver........my left ear still isn't right a few years later.

Another option is a mercury recoil tube installed in the stock by a gunsmith. It will make the gun heavier, but weight is the best defense against recoil, and the mercury tube is even more effective.
I agree with this member on all counts ,243 winchester is great for the purposes you mention.I use the Barnes 80 GR TTSX Barnes Factory load(Vortex) very low recoil,shoots 3 into less than an inch at a hundred yards from a Remington 7600 and kills very well.
Although others will kill as well either the Partitions or the Barnes 80 or 85 will do every thing you need and do it well.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:36 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

Thanks for the info. Ive had experience with a break and would rather not go back there. Ill look into see what available now in the 260.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:40 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

I had one of my Mod. 70's rebarrelled to a 20" 8 twist 260. Love it. Can't say enough good about. That's now my go to gun. Shoots the Hornady 129 SST's like a laser beam.
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