264 win mag --for what?

OKIE2

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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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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
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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.
 

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It's not a 264 WM anymore.

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.

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.



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



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



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

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