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Are there any down sides to the 260 rem?

Old 09-20-2011, 04:28 PM
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The 260 Rem. is an excellent cartridge rifle. Short action, and easy on the shoulder. I've been reloading some 140 Gr. Accubonds with very good results...
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:11 PM
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Only "downside" I can think of with the 260 is the low options you have with factory ammo for that caliber. But if you're handloading it, you have plenty of options. Power and accuracy wise, it's just like it's other 308Win family members (243 and 7mm-08) they typically are among the most accurate calibers. A little more umph and bullet size than the 243 and little less recoil than the 308. It never really took off because I think it was surrounded by such great company (the 243 and 7mm-08) but that doesn't mean it was a bad caliber.

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Old 09-21-2011, 09:53 AM
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The 260 is a wonderful killing machine, I have 3 at this time and have taken deer from 20yards to over 300 yards with no problems. My 9yr. old son and daugther both killed their first deer with the 260 last year and it worked as well for them as it has for me. I wouldn't let ammo push you away from the 260... Midway shows some 20 plus different types at this time.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr
Only "downside" I can think of with the 260 is the low options you have with factory ammo for that caliber. But if you're handloading it, you have plenty of options. Power and accuracy wise, it's just like it's other 308Win family members (243 and 7mm-08) they typically are among the most accurate calibers. A little more umph and bullet size than the 243 and little less recoil than the 308. It never really took off because I think it was surrounded by such great company (the 243 and 7mm-08) but that doesn't mean it was a bad caliber.

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I remember all the fanfare when the 260 came out. It was going to be the next big deerslayer. However, as you said, it just never caught on. It seems an excellent alternative for someone who wants to minimze recoil. I would like to see it promoted again.

Contrarily, the WSMs, inspite of serving no new purpose and probably should not have had much appeal, survive and prosper. You never know. I guess some of it is in the advertising stamina of the manufacturer. That is, how determined they are to make a success of something.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:14 PM
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Nothing wrong with the .260 Rem.. I been wanting a 6.5X284 for a few years now.. The .260 Rem along with modern day premium bullets is an excellent choice for deer antelope sheep goat, one of my Dads freinds and hunting partners ( who is pushing 64) uses a 6.5x.284 on his 10,000 ft Elk and deer hunts now , just cause his age is limiting the amount he can carry, and the recoil factor with a lighter weight firearm..He has no problems dumping bigger size game animals either.These are a great hunting caliber..
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:36 PM
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the only hang up i can foresee would be ammo , unless u reload its not a common store shelf item good luc
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:40 AM
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You may consider the 6.5mm-284 Norma 142gr@3000fps, short action, no belt.

Savage chambers rifles it. So does ER Shaw.

I'd take the 7mm-08 over the .260 simply due to popularity.

There's the 270wsm also as an option.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:34 AM
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The only down side I can see for the .260 is case capacity is lowered once you load the heavier bullets. The 6.5x55 has the advantage there. Other than that the .260 is a great all around hunting caliber. You have the sierra 85gr varmiter bullets all the way up to 160gr Hornady bullets for reloading.
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