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    The .264 Winchester Magnum.

    Has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Like the .257 Weatherby, it is one of the cartridges that I always wanted. Like the .257 Weatherby, after studying the reloading manuals, I always have to ask myself, why do I need a .264 when I have a .270? Admittedly, I am not a student of the .264 diameter bullet. According to the Nosler manuals # 7 & 8, the ICBM looking .264 WM is not much if anything beyond a 6.5mm/06 or a .270 Win, and the latter rounds do it with a 22" barrel. Is this one of those rounds you get just because or does it have some kind of magic to it? The kids found a piece of brass last time we were out and it got me Jonesing about it again. Alberta Boy, Muir, down under folks? I'm guessing this is not a popular round in the UK, could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy Out West View Post
    Has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Like the .257 Weatherby, it is one of the cartridges that I always wanted. Like the .257 Weatherby, after studying the reloading manuals, I always have to ask myself, why do I need a .264 when I have a .270? Admittedly, I am not a student of the .264 diameter bullet. According to the Nosler manuals # 7 & 8, the ICBM looking .264 WM is not much if anything beyond a 6.5mm/06 or a .270 Win, and the latter rounds do it with a 22" barrel. Is this one of those rounds you get just because or does it have some kind of magic to it? The kids found a piece of brass last time we were out and it got me Jonesing about it again. Alberta Boy, Muir, down under folks? I'm guessing this is not a popular round in the UK, could be wrong.
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    The only magic the .264 WM has got is replacing the barrel with a new one every fifteen hundred rounds.
    A .270 with a 24 inch barrel is just has good.
    And the .257 W is another oil burner as well.
    That's my six peneth worth.

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    I you want one go for it.
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    It's not just the 264 that isn't popular here, all of the fast 6.5's don't really get a look in. Shame really as the 6.5-06 is everything a 25-06 is, and more, whilst offering better sectional density and heavier bullets than the 270 if that floats your boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greener Jim View Post
    It's not just the 264 that isn't popular here, all of the fast 6.5's don't really get a look in. Shame really as the 6.5-06 is everything a 25-06 is, and more, whilst offering better sectional density and heavier bullets than the 270 if that floats your boat.
    Unless they are discontinued Nosler have a 160gr partition,
    If you have a 6.5-06 and a .270 with same barrel length same bullet the .270 will be fastest.
    As for sectional density .264 or .277 it's a moot point.

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    A friend had a Winchester Model 70 in the calibre. It was nocely made but, of course, the magazine held one less round and the cartridge case a lock more powder then did a .270 WCF. And for British stalking use it didn't have any benefits...nor kill the deer any deader than dead.

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    Couple of things, of course the 270 will be faster, it has a greater cross-section for the gases to act upon but the same could be said for 270 vs 30-06.
    Also, I didn't say that sectional density was important to me, just that some prefer Bullet with higher SD, hence the float your boat remark.
    Nosler do indeed do a 160gr .277" bullet so that definitely is an advantage if you have a 270 and want to up weight and/or sectional density.
    i was more referring to the fact that 6.5-06 is more versatile that the 25-06 whilst still getting close to, and exceeding depending on viewpoint, the very capable 270 you obviously like.
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    Just been out with my Sako L61r finbear with a 25.5 inch Walther barrel and an Ase Utra JetZ moderator on the end. It's a heavy gun, therefore very smooth and remarkably quiet to shoot . Hornady 129g sp at 3100fps do a great job . I've not tried other bullets yet as I struck lucky with the 129ers first time. The speed helps the .264 work to its limits at range. I am planning on using 125g (or 140g) partitions next to see how they perform.

    There are plenty of alternative calibres that are more efficient, harder hitting, kinder on the barrel and so on and so forth but all I can say is that you won,t be disappointed if you take the plunge.

    As an aside, the European equivalent is the 6.5x68 and it is just as effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy Out West View Post
    Has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Like the .257 Weatherby, it is one of the cartridges that I always wanted. Like the .257 Weatherby, after studying the reloading manuals, I always have to ask myself, why do I need a .264 when I have a .270? Admittedly, I am not a student of the .264 diameter bullet. According to the Nosler manuals # 7 & 8, the ICBM looking .264 WM is not much if anything beyond a 6.5mm/06 or a .270 Win, and the latter rounds do it with a 22" barrel. Is this one of those rounds you get just because or does it have some kind of magic to it? The kids found a piece of brass last time we were out and it got me Jonesing about it again. Alberta Boy, Muir, down under folks? I'm guessing this is not a popular round in the UK, could be wrong.
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    Hi.
    Presuming your finances will run to it then just get one and enjoy it. Once the itch has been scratched and if you find it unsatisfactory then move on to the next project. It is not as if you have to satisfy anyone in a licensing department .
    So it burns a lot of powder and eats barrels. Who cares? Barrels are like Tyres on your car. They wear out and you replace them.
    I too fancy a .257 Weatherby.

    Yorkie.

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    Nosler do indeed do a 160gr .277" bullet so that definitely is an advantage if you have a 270 and want to up weight and/or sectional density.
    I had a handle of some GJ. Too bloomin' long they were! All the powder space was taken up and I doubt, in truth, if some rifles had the twist to stabilise them. Even Nosler's Partition Gold in .270 WCF were too long for my rifle.

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