If you already have a 270 why change to a 6.5. The 270 will have a flatter trajectory. Having said that either will put down a red stag @ 300 yds if you care to shoot him in the top of the heart. The 6.5 may well be a gentler cartridge to shoot and therefore lead to more accurate shooting.
Have a look at this link http://www.reloadersnest.com/frontpage.asp?CaliberID=120
How do you find your 260 with heavy 140gn and up bullets, I understand that there can be problems with these weight bullets in a repeater based on a 308 length action, because of the long bullets have to be seated too far into the case and this compromises power capacity in the case. Is this a problem in your rifle? It is supposed to be a good cartridge with 95 to 130gn bullets.
have a look at a 7-08 rem. if you fancy swapping the .270. Mine is awesome as regards dropping stuff were it stands and you can get heavier bullets than the .270. and in a short action with less powder.
Unfortunatly i am thinking of selling my 7-08 as i also shoot a .308" and a .243". the connotations of mixing up a head or loaded round scares me. 7-08 brass is only available headstamped from Remmington as is the case with the .260 i believe. Although the .260 will neck up from .2432 and the 7-08 will neck down from .308" (alowing the use of better brass) the homeloader such as me who has similar calibres should avoid it on safety grounds i feel. 6.5 x 55 is regulary used on bigger stuff than REds in Lapland and Bell shot lots of Elephant with the older version ! Before he switched to 7mm x 57 !!
There was a very similar type of post earlier on the board which I replied to last night. Same comments again, but would also add that under the BASC research the 6.5 is the fourth most popular calibre in the UK for deer stalking. In order .243, .308, .270 and 6.5 x 55. The relevance being most serious rifle shops will hold a range of ammo if you don't load your own although I use Norma 140grn Nosler part for everything.
If the law in England was the same as in Scotland for Roe I think the .243 would quickly fall from use. Many pro Roe stalkers up here tend to use 22.250 Rems.
Finally, if you didn't see this review of the new Sako 85 in 6.5x 55 in the Shooting Times you might find it of interest.
welcome to the site terry
and some blinding pics , talk about making an entrance
hope you enjoy this site as much as i and other members will enjoy your pics
ps hide the beaver from mrB he has a hard spot for them
down boy down
I have a 6.5 and find it more than enough for reds. I have shot a few stags and hinds with it an have found that the majority dropped within 3 yds of the impact point. The only one that ran on 15 yds was aware of me for approx 30 seconds so its adrenaline would have been up.
I have used 120gr for roe and red
129gr for roe and red
and 140 on red