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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: .260 Remington Reply with quote

Any body done any shooting with this round? I read an article in Shooting Times and liked what it had to say about this flat shooting hard hitting 6.5-08. The BC's on some of th 6.5mm target bullets are just nuts. Get a 140 grain A-max going at 2800+fps and it really holds the wind much better than a.308 168 BTHP with a little less drop too.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

No but I wish I would have bought a rifle in this caliber for my wife. Isnt it based initially off the 6.5x55 swed? I remember Carmicheal doing a write up on it in OutdoorLife years ago when it was coming out.

I will either buy this or a 7-08 for my boy as his first rifle (another 6 years away or so).


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

DallanC wrote:
No but I wish I would have bought a rifle in this caliber for my wife. Isnt it based initially off the 6.5x55 swed? I remember Carmicheal doing a write up on it in OutdoorLife years ago when it was coming out.

I will either buy this or a 7-08 for my boy as his first rifle (another 6 years away or so).


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Howdy If I'm not mistaken the 260 is based off the 308 case necked down. It should be a accurate round. Most bullet manufactures have a good selection of 6.5 bullets. I think it would make a fine deer cartridge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

My first rifle was a Rem 700 in 7-08 and I wish I would have kept it. Beautiful sweet shooting gun. also really enjoying 7-08 in a NEF I just got. does look like the 260 is flatter, but I haven't done anything with it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

Got one, bought it for my sons first big game rifle. Remington LSS Mountain Rifle. The .260 Rem in just a necked down .308 and is based off the whole series that is .243, .25 Souper, .260, 7-08, .308, .358 brass. Excellent light big game rifle and very easy to load for. I like a Hornady 140 gr. SST and a max dose of RL-15 that make for a great long range prairie deer and antelope round. We have consistent kills out well past 400 yds. with my sons.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

If memory serves, Carmichael's push was for a 'shootability' package. He worked toward the .260 Bobcat. The original concept was geared toward smaller, lighter framed people (women and the youth market). The idea was a good bullet from a package that would not intimidate the shooter. The bobcat more closely duplicated the older 7X54 I think. Milder recoil and to be offered in a lighter rifle. (Rem. Mod. 7). Against what I consider a good idea from Carmicheal, the "more is better" fraternity prevailed and the cartridge was legitimized and introduced, by Remington, as the .260 Remington and is, as stated in this thread, a necked down .308 case.

I still like the caliber, I just think the original idea was valid... a rifle, caliber, round, bullet and loading well suited to a viable group of people.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:45 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

My friend has a Tactical .260 from Savage-loves it! It is a tack driver with several rounds he loads.

I have a 6.5 x 55 Swede and think it's great. If however, I had not found this nice rifle at the price I did I would have gotten either a .260 or 7 mm-08.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

I have a Kimber 84 in 260 Remington. It weighs less than 7 lbs including the 4X Leupold scope and sling. Versatile. Coyotes to elk have been taken with this rifle.

The key is bullet selection and for game I prefer the Barnes TSX. It has slightly bigger case capacity than the 6.5X55 and mine has been superbly accurate.

Some competitors are using this cartridge for silhouette shooting as it has adquate power for the rams and an acceptable recoil level for shooting several stages on a single day.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

It is a fantastic round. Nearly identical to the 6.5x55 Swedish, and the Swedish has taken more than it's share of tough African game.
I bought a Remington Model 7 Stainless in 260 for my young son to shoot. And shoot it did. Very tight groups and low recoil.
Most memorable shot for him with that 260 was a hunt along a powerline right of way. He was 12 at the time and both he and I were in a box style tower blind looking down that line. There was a food plot that extended out to 192 yards. I had lasered that previously. However, there was a small deer trail that crossed way beyond that food plot. He had asked me what if a deer tried to cross way down there, so I gave him some advise about a hold for that shot. We no sooner finished talking about it, when a large doe emerged and stood broadside. He had a good solid rest, put the crosshairs where they needed to be and squeezed one off.
At the shot, she hunched up with a tucked tail and shuffled back into the scrub oaks from which she had emerged. About 30 minutes later darkness set in and we went to look for her. It didn't take long to find her, not 25 yards inside the oaks. He had put the bullet right through the lungs.
We drug her right back to the edge of the powerline and I went and got the truck. I also broke a branch where she had been standing when shot. I came back the next day, parked my truck right next to the broken branch and then walked all the way back to the tower stand. Lasered range to the truck was 366 yards. Shocked Not bad for a 12 year old. He's officially killed a deer at a further distance than his dad has. Kids!
So my point is,........buy one. You won't be disappointed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

Great hunt yotebuster!!!

Never underestimate todays younger riflemen or todays selection of fine rifles and calibers.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

The .260 Remington is the ballistic equal of the 6.5 X55mm Swedish Mauser. The Swedes use it to take their Elk, which is our Moose. But. metric calibers have not been too popular in the U.S.

IIRC, J. Carmichael was competing in a match, when he started to flinch severely. It apparently never went away, and he developed the cartridge as the .260 Bobcat, which has a recoil level that allowed him to compete again. I may still have that article in my files.

One of our Game Wardens has one, and he is very enthusiastic about the accuracy.

If I get another rifle, it will be the Swede or the .260, or maybe the 7mm08.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

Actually there's a number of calibers that are an excellent choice whether it's a .243 Win, 6mm Rem, 25-06 Rem, .260 Rem or 7mm-08 Rem (sounds like a Remington commercial). Any of these would bring down deer sized game and even elk with well placed shots.

If you load your own ammo availability wouldn't be a problem for any of them but, off the shelf ammo availability I personally would go with the .243 or the 7mm-08. Even recoil-wise, these calibers are relatively light.

The .243 I think is the most versatile of the two as far as bullet weights are concerned. At least that's what I'm seeing on Midway USA's site.

Now for caliber availability in fire arms, the .243 can be had in anything from el-cheapo Rossi to top of the line Weatherby's.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

the 260 is a great round recoil is low BC is way up there the only down side isn't chambered in a whole lot of rifles and not very many people make ammo for it but if you handload it would be hard to beat for deer sized game
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

Confused how does the 260 compare to the 7-08 or the 7x57. i have a 7x57 and a 243 custom. Confused dave
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: .260 Remington Reply with quote

From what I see in the ballistic table in front of me (for factory ammo) the .260 is a very good caliber and does have an edge over the 25-06. It's about equal to a 7-08. Better energy than the .243 but the .243 is flatter shooting in some loads. About the same with the 6mm. The 7x57, energy wise, is about equal to the .243 and 6mm but isn't as flat shooting. All good rounds though. Too bad firearm choice is limited when it comes to the .260. My choice in all of these would still be the .243. Remember, this is comparing factory rounds not reloads.

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