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#5518726 - 01/04/15 10:30 AM .260
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Ok guys, i have been stuck on getting a heavier barreled rifle, and was considering .308s and asked about them the other day. Have been seeing some mention of .260s on here. Starting to consider a .260 instead. Will be mainly used for whitetail hunting but want something that could knock larger animals like a mulie down as well. Many have given high marks for tikkas. What do you guys think about a .260 in a tikka T3 CTR with a 20" barrel and also thoughts on a savage predator in a .260 with a 24" barrel. What i like about the tikka is the adjustable trigger down to 2lbs or so and a larger capacity clip, 10 rounds i believe. What i like about the savage is the trigger is supposedly adjustable from 1.5-6 lbs. any input is appreciated

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#5518747 - 01/04/15 10:41 AM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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I used a Montana Rifle Company 260 this season and really like it. The MRC essentially is an improved copy of the pre-64 Model 70.



260 customer with 120 gr Barnes TTSX


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#5518775 - 01/04/15 10:59 AM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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Tikka in 260 Rem would be a fine choice. I predict it would become the rifle you ALWAYS grab
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#5518787 - 01/04/15 11:08 AM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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I would highly recommend the Tikka as a very well designed/built rifle that will serve you well right out of the box. It will have the smoothest action compared to anything in its price class and the trigger is awesome. Many don't like the composite stock on Tikkas but I think they are as good as any other OEM stock in this price range and adding a B&C stock for $225 is a nice upgrade. I have 2 Tikkas (7mm Rem Mag and 22-250) and currently building a custom in 6.5 Creedmoor. I have no experience with the Savage but have had Winchester, Ruger, Browning and Remingtons (my 2nd favorite) and I choose Tikka over these in this price range. 260 is a great choice as I have learned from many on THF.
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#5518852 - 01/04/15 11:45 AM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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Thanks everyone for more good info

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#5518925 - 01/04/15 12:25 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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The Tikka in 260 is just what I have, and with the 20 inch barrel. And it is the gun I grab when I go to the woods. Mine has an aftermarket barrel, but that's only because I couldn't find the SS rifle in 260. I guess they had quit importing them for a time, and I'm assuming that you can get the rifle in that caliber now.

Shoots great, and I actually like the synthetic stock. I highly recommend that rifle and caliber and barrel length.

I hunt coyote, pigs and deer, and I have gone to the 100 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. I might switch back to the 120's some day, but there's no pressing reason. I did worry for a time that the 100 grain bullet might be a bit too small, but when I shot the spike a couple of days ago, I carefully put the bullet just behind the shoulder. Good blood trail and the deer was about 60 yards from the start of the blood trail. Bullet exit was about the size of a quarter or a bit smaller. Others may suggest heavier bullets, but I don't think it's really necessary - unless you just want to.

You'll be happy with a 260, and even happier if you reload. As to shooting Mule Deer, I'm sure it would be fine. I'd probably go to the heavier bullet, but if you are a lung shooter, that 120 grain Ballistic Tip should do fine.

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#5519001 - 01/04/15 01:08 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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603,
What is your load for the 100 gr NBT?

Thanks.

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#5519426 - 01/04/15 04:34 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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Jeffbird, all that info is in the barn workshop, which is now locked up for the day. What I can tell you without looking is that the load is IMR 4064 at about a grain under max (Lyman 49th). Primer is CCI BR2 and cases are prepped Remington. OAL for the round is, I believe, exactly what the Lyman book shows, but probably wouldn't be the same for other rifles. That's for the 100 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. For the 120 grainer, I use a near max load of R17.

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#5519757 - 01/04/15 06:00 PM Re: .260 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Tikka in 260 Rem would be a fine choice. I predict it would become the rifle you ALWAYS grab


I'd just have to replace the stock..lol

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#5519911 - 01/04/15 06:29 PM Re: .260 [Re: Deerhunter61]
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I have a new Tikka CTR in 260 and am now just working up loads for it. Can't say enough good things about this rifle. Went to the desert yesterday to stretch its legs a little. My 17 year old daughter managed a 4 inch (3 shot) group on a 10 inch steel plate at 640 yards. Only her second time behind a centerfire rifle. She now says its her rifle. Only negative is the price on extra TRG magazines. I lightened the trigger some, don't see a need to change anything else.

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#5520031 - 01/04/15 06:51 PM Re: .260 [Re: Z06 427]
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Originally Posted By: Z06 427
I have a new Tikka CTR in 260 and am now just working up loads for it. Can't say enough good things about this rifle. Went to the desert yesterday to stretch its legs a little. My 17 year old daughter managed a 4 inch (3 shot) group on a 10 inch steel plate at 640 yards. Only her second time behind a centerfire rifle. She now says its her rifle. Only negative is the price on extra TRG magazines. I lightened the trigger some, don't see a need to change anything else.


Sorry you lost your rifle, but no one better to loose one to than your Daughter. Good shooting
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#5520107 - 01/04/15 07:21 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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Nothing wrong with a 260, I have a Sako 85 that I really like. I'd like it if it was a 308 or most any other caliber. It's a high quality rifle that fits me really well. In a heavy barreled rifle, either should be fairly mild on recoil. How far are you wanting to shoot? 300-400 yards... I'd go 308. The 6.5's do have higher BC options, but only with Berger/Amax bullets will you see any significant jump and on paper.....that BC doesn't mean much until you get out past 400.

LET THE FLAMES BEGIN!!!! flame
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#5520272 - 01/04/15 08:17 PM Re: .260 [Re: Drop Tine]
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Originally Posted By: Drop Tine
Nothing wrong with a 260, I have a Sako 85 that I really like. I'd like it if it was a 308 or most any other caliber. It's a high quality rifle that fits me really well. In a heavy barreled rifle, either should be fairly mild on recoil. How far are you wanting to shoot? 300-400 yards... I'd go 308. The 6.5's do have higher BC options, but only with Berger/Amax bullets will you see any significant jump and on paper.....that BC doesn't mean much until you get out past 400.

LET THE FLAMES BEGIN!!!! flame


No flames from here.

Have both and like both. Would keep the 308 if I could have only one.

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#5520312 - 01/04/15 08:36 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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I typically wont ever shoot past 200 yards, but have always wanted to have the ability to shoot 300-400, which i could do with my current rifles with some practice. I have not decided for sure what I will buy, I cant make up my mind at this point. So far it is either a 308win or .260 rem
Originally Posted By: Drop Tine
Nothing wrong with a 260, I have a Sako 85 that I really like. I'd like it if it was a 308 or most any other caliber. It's a high quality rifle that fits me really well. In a heavy barreled rifle, either should be fairly mild on recoil. How far are you wanting to shoot? 300-400 yards... I'd go 308. The 6.5's do have higher BC options, but only with Berger/Amax bullets will you see any significant jump and on paper.....that BC doesn't mean much until you get out past 400.

LET THE FLAMES BEGIN!!!! flame

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#5520330 - 01/04/15 08:45 PM Re: .260 [Re: fbchunter]
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For your criteria, I do not see how you could go wrong either way. I would pick the .308 just for the slightly larger bullet it throws.
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