Which Rifle do I keep

hrh00b

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I've snagged 2 rifles this offseason, and I need to decide which one I'm going to keep going into hunting season. This rifle will be my hunting rifle around the ranch in Texas. It'll shoot deer, pigs, and turkey. It would also be my backup for the annual elk hunt, but I've got a lightweight 7mm that's my big game rifle.

Rifle 1 is proof barreled 260 built on a defiance short action. It's a 22' threaded barrel.
Rifle 2 is a brux barreled 6.5 GAP 4S built on a stiller action. It's a 26" non threaded barrel.

Pros of 260: It's about a pound lighter, factory ammo (although I'll probably end up reloading for it), it's a little shorter/maneuverable and it's threaded for my suppressor

Pros of 6.5 GAP: a 140 at 3100 fps, more range and knockdown power

I may target shoot a little, but these will primarily be hunting rifles with shots as far as 800 yards. I wish the proof barreled gun was a 6.5 gap, but it's not. Is the 6.5 GAP cartridge worth the extra weight and work with reloading?
 

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Which ever one you feel more attached to. There are rifles and then there are rifles that feel like an old friend. Occasionally, you own one that just makes you feel good inside when you handle it.
Pick that one.
 

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You are really choosing between at least 3. Sounds like your 7mm covers one end, I'd take the .260, unless you have something close on that end
 

hrh00b

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The 7mm isn't going anywhere. It's the "old friend". I'm leaning 260, because if I needed the punch of the SAUM, I've got the 7mm.
 

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Wow I don’t think I’ve seen a thread where everyone agrees! Lol

Now if it were a 6.5 Creedmoore I would cut up the other two rifles just to save that precious, precious 6.5 miracle. After all it’s the 6.5 ballistic equivalent to a 120mm Abraham’s main gun. ;):D

Sorry guys I just ruined this thread. :D:D
 

hrh00b

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No kidding. And it confirms everything I was thinking. I needed a little confirmation, and I was half scared to post because this never happens. Yall made it easy!
 

300whisper

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No kidding. And it confirms everything I was thinking. I needed a little confirmation, and I was half scared to post because this never happens. Yall made it easy!

Glad we can help! And I agree that is a difficult decision. Those are both really nice rifles!
 

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Now if it were a 6.5 Creedmoore I would cut up the other two rifles just to save that precious, precious 6.5 miracle. After all it’s the 6.5 ballistic equivalent to a 120mm Abraham’s main gun. ;):D

Sorry guys I just ruined this thread. :D:D
Pretty much but with less recoil than the 120mm
 
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