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Old 05-27-2013, 05:47 PM
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should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

I want to build a 6.5 caliber rifle. A gun that can handle anything here in the northeast woods from groundhogs to deer. I've owned a few 6.5x55's and really like them but the throats are long for the lighter varmint bullets and brass is harder to find. I have been thinking of building a 260 or 6.5-06 on a rem 700 with a heavy sporter barrel with 1:8 twist. Here are some questions I have.

1. Should I go long or short action if I go 260
2. Would 6.5-06 be to much gun for close range in thick cover?
3. Would 24" barrel be enough for a 6.5-06? I don't want to go any longer, 22" is more of what I want.
4.I plan on sending my action to douglas and have them rebarrel it. Do they do good work?
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:48 PM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

I'd also look at component availability. I believe that 260 brad is going to be easier to come by if I were a being man anyway. It's certainly easier to find loaded ammo to practice with and acquire brass. Even that's a chore though in this area. Not sure the shortened barrel life is worth the small gain in velocity though. Just speculation for me at this point as I don't own either one and an really only going of the word of a long time long range shooter.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:53 PM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

Well I live in that area and most shots are under 300 meters in my neck of the woods. I think the 260, 6.5 creedmoor or the 6.5x47 lapua are all good choices. I am for the most part a one bullet per rifle guy as I have a few rifles that suit a few different niches.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:06 PM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

I have been kicking around a 257 Roberts also. I just can't deside.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:12 PM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

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I want to build a 6.5 caliber rifle. A gun that can handle anything here in the northeast woods from groundhogs to deer. I've owned a few 6.5x55's and really like them but the throats are long for the lighter varmint bullets and brass is harder to find. I have been thinking of building a 260 or 6.5-06 on a rem 700 with a heavy sporter barrel with 1:8 twist. Here are some questions I have.

1. Should I go long or short action if I go 260
2. Would 6.5-06 be to much gun for close range in thick cover?
3. Would 24" barrel be enough for a 6.5-06? I don't want to go any longer, 22" is more of what I want.
4.I plan on sending my action to douglas and have them rebarrel it. Do they do good work?
I have a Savage 11 in .260 (short action) and with a 22" Douglas Varmint barrel I think it's darn near the perfect deer / antelope rifle. It has a 9 twist and shoots 1" groups at 300 yards w/ 130gr Nosler Accubonds all day long and I can carry it in the mountains here in New Mexico all day long.

Lapua brass is usually available and with IMR 4350 works great.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:21 AM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

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I have been kicking around a 257 Roberts also. I just can't deside.
I hear a lot of guy's talk about the .257 Roberts like it's a great gun but I think I'd have to go for the .25-06 if it were me. I love mine and will not part with it for any reason. In fact, if it were to come right down to it, and they told me I could keep only one gun, that'd be it. That gun is laser accurate and really handles whitetails well for the ranges that we normally get shots at them. To be honest, I'm not sure that I've found a better whitetail gun out to 300 yards (that's the farthest I'd ever shot one with it) and it absolutely flattens them. I've used the 100 gr Remington CL's (factory loads for brass), 100 gr Nosler BT's, 120 gr Winchester PXP's (donated to me by a guy that sold his and 117 gr Hornady SST's over a charge of IMR 4350 (can't remember the load data at the moment but have it recorded at home) that hit like the hammer of Thor. Out of my gun I can get sub MOA with those bullets and they are coming out pretty hot. Nipping on the heels of the .257 WBY with their factory loads. Can't quite run with a hand loader but I can't justify the extra powder consumption on those cartridges with the minimal gain in velocity.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:12 AM
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Re: should I go 260 or 6.5-06 questions

I hate to point out the elephant in the living room, but why not the 6.5-284 Norma. .260 caliber, short case length, long case capacity. Get one in a long action, like the Savage 111, so you can seat the long bullets, and it will do almost anything. It's a factory chambering in the Savage.
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