264 win mag --for what?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by OKIE2, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

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    Who shoots the 6.5 caliber in what rifle, barrel length, and what do you use it for the most?
    At present I have a 30" 264 mag 1" straight turned diameter barrel on its way to me for a Remington BDL. FPS on a 85 grain should be right at 4,000 and 3860 for 100 grain. I don't think you can get a much flater path than that.
    pictures please.

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  2. eshell

    eshell Well-Known Member

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    I blew 85 Sierras in my 6.5-300 Weatherby, running them at 4,150 or so. Made a helluva mess and took a while to get the copper back out. Out front, it looked like I had fired a .410 and the fragments shredded grass 5 yards in front of the gun.

    100 grain Nosler BTs held together OK, but the 120 BTs shot better.

    JMHO, but trajectory is only 1/3rd of the story when it comes to long range, and the wind is what really gives most of us a fit. Heavier bullets resist wind better and make long range hits easier. The lightest bullets I use in the 6.5s (.260/6.5-284/6.5-300) is the Normal 130 in the .260, and use 140 or 142 SMKs in everything else.
     

  3. Stormbringer

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    I shoot a 6.5 ICBM. This is a 7mm STW necked down to .264 with a 35 degree shoulder. I have shot the 100 and 120 grain ballistic tips. They are accurate but they lack the high BC I am after plus that large of a case is only justified if you are going to push the 140's to higher velocity than the 264 mag imho.

    I am shooting the 140 and 142's to 3450fps. Rifle is a trued 700 long action with a single shot adapter glued in. HS Precision stock, Badger Ordinance 20 MOA base and bolt knob, 26" heavy fluted stainless steel K&P barrel w/brake and 1-8" twist.

    The rifle weighs 12.5 lbs with a Nikon 6.5-20x44 Monarch scope. I use it for long range chucks and big game if not going to far or too high!
     
  4. eshell

    eshell Well-Known Member

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    Stormbringer, that cartridge sounds like it is very much like the 6.5-300 WWH I shoot. I too use it for distant groundhogs and the occasional deer.

    What powder are you using? TIA, Ed.
     
  5. Stormbringer

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    I do believe both calibers are very close in capacity. So is the 6.5 STW and the 264 Thor. Anyway for the 100 and 120's I have used RL22. It is a bit on the fast side but accuracy has been very good.

    H870 used to be the best powder for the 140's. Now that it's been discontinued I am using US 869. I read somewhere that the ball powders are much easier than the extruded powders for this caliber and I think it is true.

    Mike.
     
  6. eshell

    eshell Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Mike.

    I had been running 83 grains of H870 in mine and getting 3,400 easily from my then-30" barrel. Carbon fouling was so bad though, I vowed to change powders when I had it set back.

    I tried Retumbo and got good ED/SD numbers, and excellent accuracy, but velocity is below what I'd expect from the now-27" barrel.

    Ed
     
  7. Ridge Runner

    Ridge Runner Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a 29.5" barreled 6.5 Gibbs, it runs 140 bergers at 3340 fps with 62 gr of RE22 if I want 3 firings before losing the pockets, but I normaly shoot 61 gr for 3200 fps and get five firings. and accuracy isn't bad if I have a good day it groups in the high .2's on a bad day its .4-.5" at 100 yards.
    RR
     
  8. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

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    My 30" 264 is getting 3355 fps with rl22 63.0 grains & hornady 140 sst
    accuracy is good
     
  9. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    I average 3350 fps with my 27 3/4" Shilen barrel 264 Wn Mag with 130 Nolser Accubonds. I just got the rifle last year and used it this past season on deer. Killed 4 from 98 to 275 yards. BANG FLOP. I am using 66.5 grs Retumbo, CCI 250, WW 7mm Rem mag case re-formed to 264 mag.
     
  10. Wookie316

    Wookie316 Well-Known Member

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    It's not a 264 WM anymore.

    Nice rifle. Nice photo. Last time I checked it was sitting in my cabinet. Maybe I need to check again? It looks like this now. Don't own that Laminate stock no more.

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    Here is the stock after paint. Waiting for the barreled action to come back from Teflon.

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    Oh, it's not a 264 WM anymore either. 6.5mm-300 Win Mag

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    3300FPS + out of a 140gr in a 24 1/2" tube now. :D
     
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  11. 340Shooter

    340Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Ziiiiiiing :D

    Lesson learned today...never use other peoples pictures and pretend they are yours!
     
  12. Wookie316

    Wookie316 Well-Known Member

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    It's not a 264 WM anymore.

    Links fixed :D Had to ditch my whole album & I'm slowly fixing everything that I can remember.
     
  13. 340Shooter

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    What scope do you use on yours? I am just getting my .264 put together and was thinking of putting my Leupold VXII 3-9x40 on it.
     
  14. Wookie316

    Wookie316 Well-Known Member

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    Mine is a 4.5x14x40mm