260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

What is a better hunting caliber the 260 Rem or the 6.5-06?


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Can't see the need myself..go short,stay short.You have a setup for the 06,so why not?Feed issues could crop up,but I don't Remingtons,so it might work.
 

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If I were going with a short action, it would be a .260. If I went with a long action, I would go 6.5-284. Same performance as a 6.5-06 but you can get Lapua brass.
 

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Thanks for all of the information. I have been wanting a 6.5 bolt because I really like my Grendel. All of this discussion has led me to be happy for now with my 257 Roberts and 270's unless they start opening up groups.
 

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Since one has to neck up/down brass for 6.5-06, one could argue the point that they could use Lapua 30-06 brass.

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I guess my point is, why bother if you don't have to. Instead of necking down necks and then turning them, I'll spend my time out shooting. What it boils down to is it doesn't matter what everyone else thinks. Go build what "You" want and then go shoot the heck out of it. There are so many 6.5's out there now and so many are basically duplicates of another. Three rounds basically cover the bases. .260, 6.5x284 and .264 WM. Each is a step up in performance and each can be duplicated a bunch of different ways. In my opinion, the two original cartridges asked about, the .260 and 6.5-06 are in different classes. The 6.5x47, the 6.5 Creedmore and .260 and some others are more in the same class. The 6.5x284 and 6.5-06 and some others are same class etc. I currently shoot a .260 but made a decision that I will be shooting the 123-130 grain class bullets only. I had a 6.5x284 that I only shot the 140 grain Bergers in. If was committed to the 140 and heavier bullets, the 6.5-06 class would win hands down. Not that the .260 class won't do it, but I don't think they will do it as well. Improving a .260 in a short action doesn't make sense to me with how deep you would have to seat a heavier bullet, so you would be better served putting it in a long action. But, if you build on a long action, you might as well go with the 6.5x284 or the 6.5-06. Now if you want to step that up and improve the 6.5-06, you might as well go with the .264 WM. Anyhow, enough of my rant, build whatever you think is cool and what you think fits your needs then shoot it untill you burn the barrel and then repeat the process. Have fun and good luck!!
 

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What's a 6.5 Sherman?

You must be the only guy on the site that I haven't preached to yet:D Everybody else is sick of me! The Sherman is a blown out .270 case with a 40 degree shoulder. It has less body taper than an A.I. and the shoulder is farther forward which allows approx. 5% more capacity than an A.I. but still maintains a good neck (.300"). It will duplicate the velocity of a Gibbs or WSM with better barrel life. I get 3200' out of a 26" barrel with 140 Bergers.......Rich
 

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Is a long action Rem700 for the 260 Rem a good choice ? feeding problems ?
When that round's parent case (6.5x.308) was first used, 'twas in a pre-'64 Win. 70 classic long action with a standard .308 Win. box magazine. Any long action can be used but there'll have to be a spacer at the back of the magazine and a longer bolt stop.
 

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The 6.5 Sherman looks and sounds suspiciously like a necked down 7mm JRS...

which is not a bad thing at all...

gunwriter Jon R. Sundra who developed the 7mm JRS by maximizing the 280 Rem case, claimed it to be "close" to the 7mm Rem Mag....

that would mean the 6.5 Sherman could be "close" to the 264 Win Mag
 

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The 6.5 Sherman looks and sounds suspiciously like a necked down 7mm JRS...

which is not a bad thing at all...

gunwriter Jon R. Sundra who developed the 7mm JRS by maximizing the 280 Rem case, claimed it to be "close" to the 7mm Rem Mag....

that would mean the 6.5 Sherman could be "close" to the 264 Win Mag

They are all in the same family but the JRS has more body taper and a 35 degree shoulder. The Sherman has a little more capacity.........Rich
 

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For me time is short, components are expensive (primers approaching .$05 each, specialized dies are expensive, fire forming is a chore and so on.

A common 6.5-06 according to many manuals should propel a 140 gr bullet somewhat between 2700 and 2850 @ between 62-63 thousand psi. What ever would be chamber pressures for a 140 grain bullet at 3200 fps out of some barrel of 28 inches or less from any case .264 Win mag or smaller?

I can acquire a mass of 06 brass, a 8 lb jug of H4350, and numerous boxes of 100 gr 6.5 Hornady AMax bullets and produce enough ammo for an entire season of varmints. I sort cases and turn necks. My loads are very consistent usually running less than 15 fps (plus-minus) at the 3300 fps level with a 24 inch barrel. To distribute barrel wear I have 2 6.5-06's and pass up shots so my barrel won't get too hot. 123 gr. bullets work well in the 6.5-06 but I like the 100's for low profile targets.

For shooting targets my 6.5-.308 has been doing just fine for the past 2000 rounds plus. The 123 Hornady AMax does well out to 1000 yds and out performs both .308 or .30-06.

I use regular .30-06 and .308 brass for both. H4350 appears to give the best uniformity. Velocities differences between both are not much.
 

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The 6.5 Sherman looks and sounds suspiciously like a necked down 7mm JRS...

which is not a bad thing at all...

gunwriter Jon R. Sundra who developed the 7mm JRS by maximizing the 280 Rem case, claimed it to be "close" to the 7mm Rem Mag....

that would mean the 6.5 Sherman could be "close" to the 264 Win Mag

They are all in the same family but the JRS has more body taper and a 35 degree shoulder. The Sherman has a little more capacity.........Rich

And how does the 6.5 Sherman not eat up barrels if it has more case capacity than the .264 Win Mag? Wouldn't it just be more overbore? How does it compare to the 6.5 STW?
 

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And how does the 6.5 Sherman not eat up barrels if it has more case capacity than the .264 Win Mag? Wouldn't it just be more overbore? How does it compare to the 6.5 STW?

It doesn't have more than the 264 WM, it has approx. 5-6 grs. less. It also has a longer neck and sharper shoulder which confines the hottest part of the ignition flame more inside the neck rather than into the throat. When the poster said it would "be close" to the WM, I believe he meant in velocity, which is true.......Rich
 
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