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    .260 rem

    hello,this is a question for a friend of mine who is about to put in a variation for his 1st stalking rifle and he is torn between a 6.5 x 55 or a .260,he has been told the .260 is an improved 6.5 basically,so does anyone use one for stalking and what is the ammo avaliability like and is there anything else you can tell us about this round,cheers lee

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    Go 6.5x55.
    More popular.
    Better resale value
    easier to locate ammo
    most like nearly all bullet weights.
    shoots heavy rounds better, (SO I'M TOLD).
    Just a mainstream calibre why go anywhere else?
    just my opinions, seen loads of 6.5 swedes over last 7 years never seen 1 .260

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    The 260 is not an "improved" swede, basically it is 6.5 bullet on a 308 case.

    It is theoretically more efficient than the Swede, certainly it works very well with 130gr and under bullets. With140gr and heavier, the Swede would be better.

    I shoot one, and I think it is the perfect UK cartridge, but it is strictly for hand loaders. Factory ammo is non-existent.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    You can't improve on a 6.5 x 55 swede All deer I shot with mine goes down.
    Factory ammo would be easier to find and brass is cheaper in the 6.5 x55
    The recoil is not bad either in the 6.5 x55.

    but basically both will shoot same bullets, check on rifle he wants as some manufactures chamber for 1 or the other cal.

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    As said, performance wise there isn't much in it. .260 works in a shorter action, if that means anything to you.
    I have the 140gr doing 2700 without any trouble in my .260 - Swede will do the same.

    Brass and ammo is probably cheaper in the Swede.

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    had the same question went down the 6.5 swede route as i dont reload will tell you how i get on when i DAM WELL GET MY HANDS ON IT ARRRRRR .VARIATION been gone 5wks now the 6.5 is at my rfd collecting dust ...

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    I have a .260 rem one of my stalking mates has 6.5 x 55.

    Both shoot sub 1" at 100m both are used for woodland stalking on Fallow and muntjack.

    He uses 140 gr i use 129 gr. We both reload but i use less powder !

    6.5 x 55 is on sale at most shops , .260 is at some shops BUT is easy to get on order.


    Which is BEST !! Well i would say .260 and he would say 6.5x55.
    But it boils down to if you like long action or short action !
    OR when you start reloading how often you want to buy powder .

    Where in Notts are you ? I'm near Stapleford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splash View Post
    I have a .260 rem one of my stalking mates has 6.5 x 55.

    Both shoot sub 1" at 100m both are used for woodland stalking on Fallow and muntjack.

    He uses 140 gr i use 129 gr. We both reload but i use less powder !

    6.5 x 55 is on sale at most shops , .260 is at some shops BUT is easy to get on order.


    Which is BEST !! Well i would say .260 and he would say 6.5x55.
    But it boils down to if you like long action or short action !
    OR when you start reloading how often you want to buy powder .

    Where in Notts are you ? I'm near Stapleford.
    How much less powder??
    I would say if you are 3-6 gr less??
    On a 40 odd gr load you have to load say 10-12 to get 1 free.
    Go stalking via the shops to get a mars bar and you have spent the saving in fuel

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    I got my first 260 in '99. Now on my third one. Used factory ammo for the first 8 years of shooting the 260. Thinking of rebarreling my 243 to 260. Good luck jcs

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