7mm08, .260 Rem, 6.5x55 swede, or .270 win

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by lgraham, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. lgraham

    lgraham Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Which caliber should I choose for semi-long range deer/sheep hunting out to 500-600 yards: 7mm08, 6.5 x 55 Swede, .260 Rem or possibly the .270 Win. I want a cartridge with mild recoil and so I'd rather not choose the .270, plus it has a limited offering of long range bullets. I will be getting the rifle in a Tikka T3 action so any benefits of having a short action from the 7mm08 or the .260 rem are negated. Also, I will reload for the rifle so I will be able to extract the full potential from each cartridge. I've looked at all the ballistics charts I can and just would like some real field experience. If you had to pick one of THESE cartridges which one would you choose and why.
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    They will all work fine. and my order of recommendations is the same as you have them listed.

    7/08 , 6.5x55 . 260 and last but not least the 270.

    If you want a short action the 7/08 and the 260 would be preferred.

    For a long action the 6.5 or the 270 also a 280 would be great.

  3. fireroad

    fireroad Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2009
    That's a tough one...my order would be 7mm08, 260 then the swede. That being said, I ended up with the .260 myself but I also own a .280. If you feel the need for a .277 gun skip the .270 altogether and go for the 270 WSM.