.260 Nosler

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  1. quack0905

    quack0905 Elite Refuge Member

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    Anybody own a gun or re-barreled a gun in this caliber? I'd like to talk.
     
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    Only been around for a couple of weeks.
     
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    We have read about it and it is an interesting idea. Putting that much powder behind such an efficient bullet should produce some awesome long range results. I've got a 6.5 Grendel and love it on the AR platform. But for an ultimate long range bolt gun with great BC sounds like an awesome option.
     
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    I had a look at this when i first heard about them late last year. It looks to be just another fast 6.5, faster than the 264 winchester mag by roughly a hundred fps over the whole 6.5 range of projectiles. This will help some with long range hunting situations but just how much more over the ancient 264 ? I am not convinced being as the 264 had a reputation as a throat eater just how well this bigger case with more powder will be like, i suspect it will, be a throat eater to out do any other 6.5 so far, that's my opinion.
    Heavier bullets in 6,5 for long range yes it could have a place, but as a general hunter rifle the 6.5 /06 or 6.5 284 are a better compromise, and probably more practical.
    A good comparison to this round and the others i mentioned is what i found with the 7mms.
    Sure my STW 7mm is great with the 160/ 162s at long range, but realistically for everything less than this even for long range mountain tahr, the 7mm rem mag is a better choice, slower yes but good enough to get the job done. I found the same with the 22s the 224 middlestead was great, but i eventualy went back to the .22250, with the quarterbores i went up to a .257 weatherby but eventualy driffted back to the .2506. In sumary i think the. .260 nozler is too much for all but the long range 6.5 devote.
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    If I could find any company that ever made a left-handed .264 I would consider it, but I don't believe anyone short of a custom gun. I shot right-handed bolts as a kid, but not any more. Most magnum cartridges are hard on barrel throats and - according to an article I read from Layne Simpson years - have a life expectancy of about 2500 rounds (in fairness to him Layne was specifically referring to one of his .220 Swifts). After cooking up a favorite load for the gun I will sight this gun in once annually (10-15 rounds max), and hunt with it once annually (1-2 shots max), so the barrel will likely outlive me.

    Not in any hurry to do this 'cuz I have several high power guns that work just fine. I just wanted to make something different to pull out of the gun safe occasionally and admire as well as hunt with. :sp
     
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    I shoot left hand too, so i know exactly where you are coming fron with this.
    i use tikkas lhs in two 22250 -2506 a remington x mcmilan x shilen barrel 7 STW LH. and a ruger 77 . 7mm rem mag lH. i have a 30 30 marlin leaver , and a 350 rem guide and a .22 brno in right hand I dont know why i bought the guide rifle a neat calibre but the left handednes right bolt in a full size i cant get used to it, its for sale right now.
     
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    I saw somewhere someone quoting Nosler as saying they expected to get 1000 rounds out of a barrel for the 260 Nosler. If that's the case, mere barrel break in could eat up 1/10th of your barrel life, with enough practice to be truly capable of taking advantage of that rifle's capabilities would eat up the other 9/10ths. ...but it'd be cool. :tu
     
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    Very good point, which is why I'm considering something less throat-invasive, like maybe the 6.5 Creedmoor.
     
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    Why not build yourself a 6.5 06, its right between two good rounds the .2506 and the .270W ;)
     
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    I figure I can do 90% of whatever any souped 6.5 can do, and 110% of what I may actuallyneed to do, with a 7x57, 280AI, or even 30-06. 6.5s just haven't peaked my interest....yet.
     

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