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Thread: .260/barrel lenth ?

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    .260/barrel lenth ?

    HI '

    Just looking into a .260 Rem, been looking at a steyr, but only offer this calibre in the 'mountain' format not the prohunter '2' series.
    The mountain is a 20'' tube, are there any issues with this calibre with this lenth tube? like in the .243 offering where-as sometimes it's prown not to make deer legal requirments with lighter bullets due to the shorter barrel lenth?


    thanks

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    Stevie
    I am surprised at that, but I could be behind the times. Have you talked to the Sportsman Gun Centre re Pro-Hunter series 2 in 260 Rem? That's where I bought mine and where I traded it in again.
    Regards
    JCS

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    Stevie, 20" is fine on a 260, it does much better with a short tube than a 243. You will have no issues on minimum energy, 120gr bullet at 2850 FPS or thereabouts will cover most requirements.

    Mine will do 3300 FPS with a 100gr NBT, most 243 struggle to get near 3000FPS with a 100gr bullet, and certainly will not do it with a 20" barrel.
    Brian.

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

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    cheers guys, thanks for the imput, I do prefere the shorter tube as even with a mod fitted it's still leasy to woodland stalk, As a short 243 with heavy bullet is still pushing the enevelope, and up to now the 260 is ticking all the right boxs, I will be reloading so can load down for light stuff and load up for the bigger things, seems much more adaptable as a calibre?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by steviebee View Post
    ...and up to now the 260 is ticking all the right boxs, I will be reloading so can load down for light stuff and load up for the bigger things, seems much more adaptable as a calibre?..
    I like the 260 Rem, I got my first one in '99 - a Ruger MK II, I then got a Mannlicher Pro-Hunter MKII and I now have the rifle in my Gallery. One thing to keep in mind is OAL. The Mannlicher Pro-Hunter had a nice long magazine and I had no trouble loading rounds 2.995 inches long. However, out of the box Remingtons and Sakos will have a ~2.8 inch limit on magazine length. I favour heavier bullets and shoot Hornady 129 gr SP for stalking, 140 A-Max on the range and 142 SMKs for practice. If you want some Remington brass to make up some dummy rounds, let me know. Good luck. JCS

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    20" is fine and will work well, however since my rifles are also for the range I tend to go 24"-26"+ to get the most out of the cartridge.

    With a shorter barrel, I would suggest going for suitable powders that are on the faster side (if reloading) to reduce the blinding muzzle flash at dawn/dusk.

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