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.260 Remington Reloading Questions: Case, Bullet, and Powder
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 Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 08:43 PM
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I've recently purchased a Savage Model 11 Long Range Hunter in .260 Remington. This bolt-action rifle has a 26" barrel with 1:8" twist rate, and adjustable muzzlebrake (details at http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/11LONGRANGEHUNTER).  I will be loading for this rifle, which I plan to shoot in long-range varmint matches (600yds), but also plan to shoot 1000 yard targets.  A SWFA SuperSniper HD 4-16 will be attached, with proper MOA base.  So my questions are:

Brass: I can purchase 200 cases of Lupua .260 brass for the same price as 400 cases by Remington. Which is the better value?
Bullet: 6.5mm bullets come in all shapes and sizes. What's the most ideal bullet for long-range shooting with this configuration?
Powder: What's the most favored powder for this purpose/caliber?

Your feedback and opinions are appreciated.



 Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 09:20 PM
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define better value ... less case prep ? more reloads ? ( keep in mind that the latter is also strength of reload dependent ie; max or above max loadings severely limit case longevity )
as for bullets for matches , seirra's match bullets ( sorted by bearing surface length ) is strongly favored but ...sometimes it depends upon the individual gun's preference and there's no getting around that no matter what we want to force feed it
plz keep in mind that most match erm serious match shooters use techniques and equipment ( including rifles ) that most casual users do not , with that thought allow me to leave you a link to where matches are more serious as are various aspects of ..also keep in mind that while they dont list your caliber per say ( something else to consider ) many and much of the discussions do apply ( such as brass, bullets , equipment etc )

http://www.6mmbr.com/index.html

as for powder .. just about any medium speed powder that works great in a 308 etc will work splendidly , varget is a popular one as is 4895



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I imagine trimming case neck lengths will happen regardless of the brand I choose; mighty Lupua or otherwise. I might not get the same case life from Remington, but I'll have twice as many cases for the same price.

I use Varget in my .223 loads, but I'm not sure how well it will work for .260/6.5



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it will work great !!! it works well in most the 308 based cases , the smaller and largest of them not as well but decently , it really shines in the 308 the 7-08 and the 6.5-08 ( aka 260 rem ) and if you already have it in stock trying it surely wont hurt , just because a powder is used in one cartridge doesnt invalidate it for many/any others , VV n 150 would also be a good choice , but again it will somewhat depend upon what the gun likes and the bullet weight you choose as well as the velocities desired and varget fills many shoes erm cartridges ,
as for trimming ..it's more than just trimming , there's also primer pockets and case head expansion to consider , case life also depends upon the amount being sized and then blown out again when fired and then sized again , the less of all the above ( including pressure ) the longer a case should last [shrugz] i dont make these rules but i do have to keep them in mind when i'm loading , lapua is some excellent brass , often needing less work from the get go ( sorting by weight however is always recommended for serious applications no matter the maker ) some swear by it others at it , quite often quality is reflected in the price one pays for something , ask 100 serious handloaders that if they could have 100 cases for free picking between lapua , nosler , norma remington or winchester see which one they'd pick , heck post a new thread with a poll asking just that , to be fair throw in hornady as well as privi brass , and then get cute and post another thread with a poll asking which brass needs less prep work for match grade applications , yet the funny thing ? none of that will matter - the replies may indeed be full of experience and opinions on what worked for us but how much of that will translate to your own personal loading and habits ? there's guys who spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on guns and thousands of others on equipment to shoot in matches and dont win , some of the guys even go to the nth extreme and are lucky to place in a match , is all that worth it ? that's a personal choice and we each make it [shrugz]



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Do more with less is my motto. I have an Olympic Arms K8 Targetmatch that everyone said would be a PoS, but shoots sub MOA at 100-300 yards. I'll give Varget a try, since I have 8 Lbs of it.

As for cases, I'm not entirely sure that Lupua will equal 100% better value than Remington. Better, yes. Worth twice the price? Not in my book.



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I load only varget in my 260 rem; but I do not shoot 1000 yards. My max range is 300 yards and hunting.



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I tried Varget in my 260 yesterday behind a 129 hornady interloc and Lapua 260 brass it made a 1/2 " group I was very supprised when I got up to the target so I tried again and got a slightly bigger group but not by much it was about 5/8 of an inch

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I ultimately decided to go with Hodgdon H4350 and 142gr Hornady bullets (Match and AMAX), because Varget burned to quickly and produced a bit more pressure than velocity.



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Das Capitolin wrote:
I've recently purchased a Savage Model 11 Long Range Hunter in .260 Remington. This bolt-action rifle has a 26" barrel with 1:8" twist rate, and adjustable muzzlebrake (details at http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/11LONGRANGEHUNTER).  I will be loading for this rifle, which I plan to shoot in long-range varmint matches (600yds), but also plan to shoot 1000 yard targets.  A SWFA SuperSniper HD 4-16 will be attached, with proper MOA base.  So my questions are:

Brass: I can purchase 200 cases of Lupua .260 brass for the same price as 400 cases by Remington. Which is the better value?
Bullet: 6.5mm bullets come in all shapes and sizes. What's the most ideal bullet for long-range shooting with this configuration?
Powder: What's the most favored powder for this purpose/caliber?

Your feedback and opinions are appreciated.


Have no Idea how I missed this post. For brass if you are going to shoot long range on a regular basis Lapua is your brass. Even though it is 1/2 in number versus Remington you will end up with brass that lasts at least twice as long if not 3 times with top pressure loads not to mention that laupa is much more uniform so minimal case prep and weight varations versus remmy. You will see better better accuracy as distances increase with fuller cases versus cases with air space in them. Don't get me wrong the 4350's are excellent powders in the 260 but powders like H-4831 and Rl-22 fill the cases better and are more accuracte and uniform when distances start to get long. There are many great bullets in the 139-142 weight range for reaching out. Myself the berger 140 is tops the 139 laupa is also excellent as is the 140 a max. Really it is hard to find a bad long range bullet in 6.5 mm caliber.

Honestly you are going to have to put a bit of effort into loads but once you are dialed in you will be happy with the results.



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I would start with either Varget or H-4350.
Let the barrel and the chrono tell you which one to use.
Same with bullets.
If 600 yards will be the longest distance most of the time, then the 130 Berger or some of the 123 VLD's.
I have also had great groups at distance (1K) with the 140's as well. My barrels have preferred the 140 A-Max (No meplat uniforming required :) ).
Again let your barrel tell what kind of diet it likes.
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I'm getting great groups using H4350 and 129 SST. I'm also getting good groups with 120 Nosler and H4350



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Im taking all of this info in guys!  Ive got a 260 coming and the smith called me today to ask me the length I wanted the barrel....I should have it all in hand by saturday and by the sat after that have it scoped and ready to fly.  Ive got Lapua 123's and some 120 Hornady's and THOUGHT that RL15 is what I wanted.....but the more I read I think Im taking that back tomorrow and getting a can of H4350....??

Anyway fellas...Im reading the posts carefully!

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Any of you guy's tried R-19 in your 260's? I've used it in my 6.5x55 and it works better than R-22 or the 4350's. Don't know if it's still made but I've got part of an old can of H450 left. Never had much luck with it till I got this 6.5x55.



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Don Fischer wrote:
Any of you guy's tried R-19 in your 260's? I've used it in my 6.5x55 and it works better than R-22 or the 4350's. Don't know if it's still made but I've got part of an old can of H450 left. Never had much luck with it till I got this 6.5x55.



Yes got mucho speed but not the accuracy I was looking for. I will give up 100-150 fps if I can have a load that is accurate day in and day out.Hodgdon's new Superformance looks very interesting and should be a good burn rate for the 260 even though it is not listed yet for data.



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I've had good luck with Sierra's 140 gr. and 142 gr. MK's in my 6.5x284. 140's out to 600 yards and 142's out farther.



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To breath new life into this thread, has anybody got new info on loads for the .260 Remington?
I just bought a Savage Mod 12 LRP, 1:8 twist @ 26".

Looking at using 139gn Lapua Scenars, 150gn Lapua Mega and thinking of 85gn Sierra's for "splatter factor" on small furry animals :)

Just waiting for it to get into Australia, should be here end of next month.

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I need some info about sizing 243 up to 260.

RCBS recommended this part RCBS #: 9824 which is just a Replacement Tapered Expander-Decapping Unit 6.5mm TCU, 6.5-257 Roberts

Do I just replace the one in my full size 260 sizing die with this to size 243 up to 260?



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Lube your cases like you'd normally FL size them and use some lube in the case mouth. Run it into the 260 die and it will take care of the rest. Consider it done.



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Looking for Accurate loads to work up using the following powders, H4350, I4895, Varget, RL-15. (I have these already)

The data I've found so far has loads for all these powders for most bullets except RL-15 which is apparently good for light to mid weight <= 130g. The others have listed loads up to the 142g SMK.

I know I could just go with starting loads and work up a node ladder, but any head start info or tips would be appreciated.

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Sierra recommends H4831 for 140gr & 142gr SMK's. (Accuracy Load) They claim it's the most accurate powder shooting their bullets. Granted, a lot of that depends on which rifle they are testing it in. They have about a 50/50 mix of Savage & Remington receivers they bolt up in their underground range.

I myself found that 44gr of H4831sc works extremely well for the 140gr SMK. I've got a 22" barrel and I'm getting 2650 fps avg.

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