Need a .260

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by 17Fireball, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. 17Fireball

    17Fireball Well-Known Member

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    I am relatively new to long range. I would like to get a .260. Do any of the major gun makers make one? Is there a way I could put one together for around $800 that would be decent but not necessarily a F class type gun? If anyone can PM me suggestions for specific pieces to put together a gun that would also be appreciated. How many rounds can I fire estimated before I notice accuracy begin to head south?
     
  2. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    get a rem varmint 700 from dicks in 308 or 243 . add a barrel . sell the factory barrel .
     
  3. A Train

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    Savage model 12 LRP .260 got one shoots great. Around $900
     
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    I think I have seen that gun...is it green? Would anyone really buy the barrel? How much money would I then need to spend to get it into .260 shooting shape?

    I appreciate your suggestion, thank you!
     
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    Thank you, I will check out their web site. I didn't realize they had one. Hope the barrell is good enough for long range...gun)
     
  6. PowellSixO

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    Why does it have to be a .260?
     
  7. ProfessorM

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    I have a Savage LRP .260 and I love it. I have put 80 rounds through it so far and it is a shooter. I wanted a .260 for the following reasons...low recoil, 1000 yard target gun, and high bc bullets. Love the gun.
     
  8. roninflag

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    . . 17- you do not say what you are shooting at. the LRP in 260 is a great choice. if i was shooting 500 rds at grondhods/targets, 10 shots at coyotes and 1 shot at deer per year - i might get a 22-250 in a 9 twist, savage LRP.
     
  9. PowellSixO

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    Yeah, not saying anything about the .260. Just wondering why it had to be one. A little more info on what the use of the rifle will be, would help others better help the OP.
     
  10. roninflag

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    .17- you could make your existing .243 into a lrp cheaply i believe.
     
  11. roninflag

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    The ones i have seen are made for dicks, camo stock, 4-12 scope. adding a barrel would be 300 plus around 150.
     
  12. PowellSixO

    PowellSixO Well-Known Member

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    For 800 bucks I don't think you could beat a Howa 1500 barreled action, and a good stock IMHO.
     
  13. Beluebow

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    Used Howa action 250-300
    Pick a barrel maker 300-350
    Pick a smith 250-350 make sure they do the metric thing.
    Boyds thumbhole stock 100
    Do the bedding and trigger work yourself.

    For $1100-$1200 with the right barrel/smith/load/shooter you could end up with a nice rifle at a bargain price.
     
  14. 17Fireball

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    Appreciate the replies...keep them coming.

    Here is my thinking about the .260. I recently got a Savage Model 10 in .243 and in a month and a half put 500 rounds down the gun. Never really considered the life of one is 1,400 rounds. Yikes...I am almost half way there in two months. :D

    Been having so much fun reloading and shooting at longer ranges I have developed an almost addiction. So I was convinced from lots of research that the .284 was the ultimate caliber. Then I found out it too has a short barrel life and I would want a break on it probably too.

    So, wanting a long range low recoil gun that I would be able to have many years (poor man...wish I wasn't) I decided between a 7mm-08 and a .260. Don't even remember why but picked the .260 (splitting hairs).

    I developed a speciality coyote load to save pelts in my .243 (Sierra 70 MK and low Varget) and it shoots fantastic. Developed another load for deer and it shoots fair but with the cost of TSX bullets I cannot really aford to keep refining it and don't feel the need for deer. So...if I get another gun to shoot a bunch...I will take it easy on the .243 Win and it will be around for years.

    What would the gun be used for? FUN. I guess all kinds of stuff. First, I have never owned a turret type scope just always got the turrets based on my bullet profile. So, I'll learn to use turrets. Will shoot at groundhogs as far as I can. May shoot a deer or two around 300 yards. Will shoot alot of paper, etc. Will not shoot F class.

    Will probably go with a Bushnell scope.

    Maybe someday if I have the money and this continues I will get a $3,000 + F Class gun but I am not at that level and will not be for a couple years I guess. Plus, my funds are tight being a single dad of three, etc.