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.260 Rem

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Russ L, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Russ L

    Russ L Aurora, OR New Member

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    I have purchased a Savage Model 11 in .260 Remington. I am wanting to know if anyone has a good idea of what to load for it. Your help would be greatly appreciated. I have loaded about 10 different loads but are all large groups.
     
  2. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    Personally I would recommend trying some IMR4831 and some 140g Sierra match kings for punching paper. If you're using it for hunting then the Berger VLD's are nice for the .264 to get some range out of it either in 130 or 140g flavor
     
  3. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    I have been looking in to a .260 build, and many folks have said that H-4350 was thier go to powder for the .260.

    If you can find all the parts I need, I will build my rifle, and work up loads, and then let you know what works. Have you tried some searches?

    Sorry I can't be more help.
     
  4. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    I can't share load data, but for me BL-C(2) is the best all around rifle powder. I use it for all of my short action cartridges, with great performance in .308, 7mm-08 and .243. Since the .260 is any of those cartridges necked up or down, it is what I would start with.
     
  5. nwbobber

    nwbobber Longview, Wa. Active Member

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    Watch the plastic stock on your rifle, in a lot of cases they touch the barrel, and are really flexible. You could be opening your groups by putting a varying force on the tube.
     
  6. gregw72

    gregw72 North Portland (near University of Portland) Active Member

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    Just completed my build of a 260. I formerly had a 6.5x55 in a Tikka rifle and was not happy with the groupings. The 260 is doing much much better. My rifle is a Stevens (Savage) action, Boyd's Prairie Hunter stock, Timney Trigger and heavy magnum contour Shilen Chromoly barrel which I put together myself. Right now I am using 123 Hornady A-Max bullets over H4895 that is about 1-1.5grs off max and getting 0.5 MOA three shot groups at 100. Normally I shoot 5 shot groups ideally at 200/300, but this is barrel break in. H4350 would be a better powder. I have that, just have more H4895 on hand... and with the powder shortages... trying to keep the H4350. H4895 gives up about 110 fps less than H4350. Alliant RE17 is also a good powder for the 260. In the 6.5x55 the 107 SMKs, 120 SMKs and 140 SGK were very accurate. Never shot the 140/142 SMKs. The 139 Laupa Sencars were not all that for groups, but retain velocity well due their low BC. Would suspect them to be good in the 260 as well. However, the Hornady 123s are a new offering and I have not been disappointed... cost less than the green box stuff too.
     
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Don't overlook RL19 either.
    And the 130gr Swift Scirocco II goes dandy with it, as does Nosler's new Accubond Long Range 129gr.
     
  8. Idaho-45

    Idaho-45 North Central Idaho New Member

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    Russ L. I load for two different 260's. Both have shot well with H-4831sc powder , & either Nosler 140 grn. Custom Competition or 142 Sierra Matchkings. Also my girlfriend's Savage 10 Predator Max-1, puts 130 Nosler Accubonds into small groups with RL-19.
    Idaho-45