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Spends trip to the gun store.

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by brokenarrow, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    o_OAnyone had any experience with a 260 Remington?? Did a bit of impulse shopping today and am hoping for the best.
     
  2. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    I meant "spendy "
     
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  3. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    We know what you meant, cha-ching!
     
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  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    .260 Remington? Is that some sort of commie bullet? 6.6 Mao? Used in the Maoser rifle?:rolleyes:

    Sorry! Weird sense of humor today!:)
     
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  5. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Fantastic cartridge!
     
  6. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    Same as a 6.5. A necked down 7-08 I think!
     
  7. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    At least it's in a Ruger American so it's not all commie!
     
  8. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    so it's actually a 6.5 Swede? excellent round
     
  9. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The 260 is the big brother to the .243 and the smaller brother of the 7mm-08, all of which are basically necked down 308s.
    Several years ago I was choosing between a 260 and a 7mm-08 in a Ruger Compact. I ended up choosing the 7mm-08. As far as using it as a hunting rifle with off the shelf ammunition, I made the correct choice.
    That's not saying the 260 is a bad round. It's a great cartridge. Unfortunately it's just not been super popular and ya just don't find a great choice of ammunition for it, that is if you find it in the first place!
    But, this is the great opportunity for you to handload. (I don't handload for the 7mm-08 anymore, cuz it's the wife's rifle and she don't shoot much):)
    There is a wonderful assortment of .264" bullets to play with. There is a lot of interest in this round from the guys that like to punch little holes in paper so you'll find lots and lots of "secret recipes". If you don't find brass easily, .243 brass can be run through your sizing die and it comes out .260 brass.
    Wanna go hunting? No worries. Elk are on the large size for this cartridge, but the Sweeds have been killing moose for a ling time with their 6.5x55 and your 260 will easily match (and often better) their rounds.
    You didn't mention if this was a Compact or not. If it is and you decide to "roll your own", you will want to focus on the faster powders the manuals list. The shorter barrels will lose a fair amount of velocity compared to a 22 or 24" tube. You will not be able to make that up with powder selection, but you will be able to minimize the FPS loss by going with a faster powder.
    Enjoy!
     
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  10. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    The rifle is the Predator model. I had a 7-08 that I sent to my brother. The reason I was in the store! I have a lot of brass for that caliber so I am hoping to get a set of dies soon and get started.
     
  11. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It should be pretty darn simple to neck down the 7mm-08 brass. Pay close attention to neck thickness. I doubt there is enough extra metal stored in that half a millimeter, but ya sure don't want the brass to run out of room expanding to let the bullet out!
     
  12. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    Good point. I figured on trimming for length after sizing but not neck thickness. That extra metal has to go somewhere.
     
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