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Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

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The .260 Remington round is far from dead. My relationship with the .260 started early in its history. In the late 1990’s Remington did a slight change to the 6.5-08 A Square which had been around for many years and standardized by A Square through SAAMI. The .260 has the same ballistics as the 6.5-08 but the neck of the .260 is just slightly longer. About the time the .260 hit the market, Thompson Center brought out the Encore. As soon as I saw this rifle was available in the .260, I ordered one. I mounted a 3x9 Leupold on it and sighted it in on my range. This rig would shoot a one inch group all day. It became my primary rifle to hunt whitetails. I once lent it to a friend to take a doe. He got the doe and came back almost in amazement; he said, “That rifle shot exactly where I aimed”. Read More...
This is a thread for discussion of the article, Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review, By John Johnston. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

Production rifles continue to give sub MOA results. Savage started the break thru but Ruger Weatherby Browning Remington are trying to catch up. JJ what was the price range for the rifle and what gun smithing would you recommend to take this rifle to custom performance. The bedding was not mentioned??
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:13 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

CR that was a bare bones factory rifle with no changes. I would like a little better trigger with less take up but that is personal choice. I really do not think the rifle can shoot too much better. There are no aftermarket stocks. I had five of these but now own only four. One has a rare wooden stock. All shoot less than MOA. Yes there are quite of few factory rifles that shoot less than MOA. That 1/2 MOA difference between factory and custom costs a lot. The cost of this rilfe varies so much. Mine were all purchased for less than $700 but that is changing.
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

It's nice to read what others have to say about one of my favorite rifle/cartridges. I wasn't familiar with the 260 when I found a Pro Hunter at a gunshow and being a long time fan of the 6.5x55 it came home with me. My Pro Hunter is a consistent 3/4moa shooter even with the Remington 140gr Express Core-Lokt. Mine really shines with a 120gr Nosler Hunting BT with 43.5gr of IMR4350 avg 3/8" for 3 shots at 100yd.

FYI Mcmillan offers a stock based on their A-3 model:
McMillan Tactical Stocks, McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, Synthetic Stocks, Tactical Stocks

Most of my rifles are in 6.5 bore, my old Swede in 6.5x55, the Steyr in 260 and a pair of 6.5 Grendels on the AR platform. Makes stocking components easier.

Steyr uses a bedding system that has a round front lug that fits into a matching recess in the stock and both actions screws bear against pillars embedded in the stock. With the accuracy and consistency of shot placement I get I won't bother with further bedding.

I enjoyed this article.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:49 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

Nice to see Steyr making an impact over in the US. The model reviewed was obviously a PRO model II. The model I had an awful stock with a very weak forestock. You could leave it sitting out in the sun and literally watch the forestock bend towards the barrel.

We in the UK consider the pro an entry level rifle which is priced similar to Remington 700s, Tikka T3, etc. A common entry level package is the Steyr PRO with a mid range Zeiss Duralyt ( European version of conquest) scope, bipod and moderator (silencer).

Those wishing to move up generally opt for the Steyr Professional or model M.
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

I enjoyed the article and got some more ideas about bullets from it. I do not shoot a .260, but do have a 6.5x55 that I've never had reason to look away from (two of them in fact). One is a military swede with a 6.5x20 scope and 50mm objective. With only a good trigger and carefully built handloads using Nosler Ballistic Tip 120's, that rifle will group under 1" at 200 yards off the bench. It is heavy, but what a stand rifle! The second is a lightweight mauser small ring m98 with a classic european stock, a claw mounted Kollmorgen 6x with a post and crosshair and a medium weight barrel, 25" long. I just finished chambering the barrel and crowning it with an 11 degree crown... If it does as well as my other one, I should be able to carry this one in the field easily - it's weight is only seven pounds with scope and adjustable mounts. It's a great thing that our modern gunmakers have not deserted the tried and true calibers.

My one question is if anyone has tried the 6.5 x 55 Ackley Improved? I've not seen data on that but I know I could easily convert my M98 to the AI if it is worth the difference.

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It's nice to read what others have to say about one of my favorite rifle/cartridges. I wasn't familiar with the 260 when I found a Pro Hunter at a gunshow and being a long time fan of the 6.5x55 it came home with me. My Pro Hunter is a consistent 3/4moa shooter even with the Remington 140gr Express Core-Lokt. Mine really shines with a 120gr Nosler Hunting BT with 43.5gr of IMR4350 avg 3/8" for 3 shots at 100yd.

FYI Mcmillan offers a stock based on their A-3 model:
McMillan Tactical Stocks, McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, Synthetic Stocks, Tactical Stocks

Most of my rifles are in 6.5 bore, my old Swede in 6.5x55, the Steyr in 260 and a pair of 6.5 Grendels on the AR platform. Makes stocking components easier.

Steyr uses a bedding system that has a round front lug that fits into a matching recess in the stock and both actions screws bear against pillars embedded in the stock. With the accuracy and consistency of shot placement I get I won't bother with further bedding.

I enjoyed this article.
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

Chaos -
My records show a 6.5-55 AI that was in for restoration several years ago. The semi-heavy barrel had been 26", was re-chambered down to 24 3/4" and crowned 10 degrees (rounded dome).

The trigger was re-polished and adjusted to customer's preferred 3.25 lbs. pull.

Considerable stock restoration left it in questionable shape, a new stock was suggested, but not purchased.

Barrel and action were de-rusted, welded, filed, shot blasted, normalized, cryogenic treated, straightened, and Parkerized.

An accurizing effort lists 15-round groups average .72" at 300 meters with max group at 1.48". A 5-round group at 500 m was 2.54", a 5-round group at 800 m was 7.44", a 5-round group at 1,000 m was 12.14". Accurizing was done with new brass, slugs were 125 grain Sierra boat tail spitzer. I see several tests with conflicting data regarding powders and charges. Probably mis-recorded or should have been re-run. This was NOT one of Parker Ackley's jobs - its not his handwriting - probably either my grandfather's or one of his friends, possibly one of my uncle's. Nobody signed the notebook.

Note on the .260 Remington round - a friend made up a .260 and quite stoically reported it as one of the best 1000 m rounds available - that was before he tried the 6.5-.284 (now Norma) round, which he reports is THE best. Other friends are split regarding the 6BR and the 6.5-.284 Norma - groups keep going down as they put their money and efforts into these 2 excellent rounds.
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