260 brass options

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by shimoda, May 30, 2009.

  1. shimoda

    shimoda Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    I have a new [to me] 260 rem and am putting together components and dies to load.
    What are my options for good brass?

    Can I neck 243 up or 308 down easily? The only brass I've ever changed is 8mm mag to 7mmStw.

    Thanks, Sam
  2. CapDog

    CapDog Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    I found necking up Lapua .243 brass was easier than necking down .308

  3. 260shooter

    260shooter Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2004
    For the best brass, neck up 243 Lapua I do this but have to turn the necks to prevent doughnuts . I also neck down Winchester 7-08 brass and it shoots very well. No neck turning.

  4. distantfoe

    distantfoe Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2005
    I've never necked anything up, just down. Story is when necking down, the thinner neck material is "pushed back into the shoulder." When necking up, the thicker shoulder material is pulled into the neck creating a doughnut.
  5. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Norma is making 260 Rem brass. Should be worth a try.
    Sinclair has it advertised. I'm sure there are others who carry it as well.
  6. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    When Remington first came out with a 700 in 260 my hunting buddy got one. You could not even find any ammo much less any cases to reload. There was not any loading data out either. We tried some 308 cases necked down but the neck was quite a bit short. We then necked up some new Remington nickle 243 cases that I had laying around. They really did the trick. These were the most accurate cases he ever found for this rifle. We had no data so we just started with a 6.5X55 Swede start load and worked up with H4350. We found that 47 grs was about all you could get into a case and seat a bullet and that is were this rifle really shot with 120 gr Sierra SP bullets and 45 grs with 140 Sierra SP's. We did not have a chrno and the cases and primer showed no over pressure signs. That rifle had a 24 inch barrel and I would like to have know what FPS we were getting. We used this rifle to shoot deer on a farm we control hunted. My hunting buddy let me shoot a couple of deer with it but he killed 52 deer that year with it using both loads and out of all the deer we shot with this rifle only 1 took a step after being hit. This deer took 3 jumps before it piled up. He killed quite a few deer between 300 and 350 yards with it. My hunting buddy is one that has to try out everything new that comes out so by the next year he had sold that rifle and bought something else. I which I would have known that he wanted to sale it because it was a real shooter.