260 Rem Vs. 6.5-06

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


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WildRose

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Yes, from my tiny experience with it, and with the small wound channels I saw, I "felt" the 129 Hornady was very tough. I'm sure if I had used the 120NBT or even the 125NPT my results would have been different. I was shooting them mid lung/tight behind the shoulder. I was only about 75yds from each. I had my heart set on playing with the 6.5/284 so I just "had" to go that route, ha. Years later I was going to try the 260AI but a couple of surgeries slowed me down...I bet it would have been sweet too! The wind is my Nemesis so I like speed to hedge my bet out in the prairies. I suppose I'm just a speed freak at heart, though I like to play on the other end of the field too, i.e. heavy for caliber, Old School loads in the Mediums. The bullet and placement...can't get away from either! ha
I was too until I figured out just how expensive speed is and how quickly it kills barrels.

I've loaded SMK's hot enough in the Swift to watch them self destruct before hitting a hundred yard target. Years ago we did the same with the .17 Rem and 7mm RM.

I purposely shoot very tough bullets today that open consistently and I'll shoot more for the neck or spine/shoulder junction.

Frangibles and bullets that fail to open at all with both get you into trouble especially on lung shots so I don't shoot them at all anymore given a choice.

As long as I can keep getting the Peregrines and Interbonds I see no need to ever change again.
 

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Yes, from my tiny experience with it, and with the small wound channels I saw, I "felt" the 129 Hornady was very tough. I'm sure if I had used the 120NBT or even the 125NPT my results would have been different. I was shooting them mid lung/tight behind the shoulder. I was only about 75yds from each. I had my heart set on playing with the 6.5/284 so I just "had" to go that route, ha. Years later I was going to try the 260AI but a couple of surgeries slowed me down...I bet it would have been sweet too! The wind is my Nemesis so I like speed to hedge my bet out in the prairies. I suppose I'm just a speed freak at heart, though I like to play on the other end of the field too, i.e. heavy for caliber, Old School loads in the Mediums. The bullet and placement...can't get away from either! ha
I spent better than 20 years as a speed freak and burnt up a lot of guns way too early as a result.

Today I want to focus around 2850 with rounds like the .260 and .375 and 3,000-3,250 with the STW's, and 3000's.

None of the game, varmints, or predators has seemed to notice and the lower wear and tear on equipment ensures I won't have to spend another fortune before I die re-barreling a large collection of long guns.
 

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Richard, that brutal 270 ss can be brought into the mildly brutal category with a limbsaver recoil pad, made in Washington, not that far away from you.

Wildcat westerner
They are in my opinion the best pad on the market. Even without the great felt recoil reduction they are just incredibly comfortable and never seem to slip nor stick no matter what I'm wearing.
 

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I am now building guns for hunting in October.
Defiance 7mmSTW
Rem700 7mmSTW
Sav 111 300WM
Sav 110 280AI
Win 70 280AI
Rem700 6.5-06

I have 5 of them barrelled, headspaced, and stocked.
Now working on scope mounting.

In the past I have built (2) 260 Rem, and this my (3rd) 6.5-06.
Are these guns you're putting together to sell or are you trying to catch up to Mario and I? :)
 

yobuck

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I am now building guns for hunting in October.
Defiance 7mmSTW
Rem700 7mmSTW
Sav 111 300WM
Sav 110 280AI
Win 70 280AI
Rem700 6.5-06

I have 5 of them barrelled, headspaced, and stocked.
Now working on scope mounting.

In the past I have built (2) 260 Rem, and this my (3rd) 6.5-06.
Sorta like a golfer lugging around a bag full of 3 different clubs. lol
 

Clark

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Last year I built 5 rifles; 6.5-06, 7mRM, 250S, 257Rob, and 308.
I had 9 tags.
I was gone a month, brought home 4 deer, and only used the 7mmRM.
This year I have 11 tags and 6 rifles. I just ordered another freezer.
 

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