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#5608929 - 02/19/15 06:26 PM 7mm-08 or 260 Rem?
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I'm building a gun for a friend who lives in Washington, but hunts down here with me in Texas. He has a Weatherby MarkV 300 Win Mag. He mainly hunts Eastern Washington for Mule Deer and down here at my place which is whitetail and exotics. My problem is I like the 700 action. There are very few options for 260 and plenty for 7mm-08. I have a 7mm-08 and like it. Are there any advantages between the 2? Is one better than the other for long range or are they similar?

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#5608936 - 02/19/15 06:30 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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I'd go 7-08.
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#5608937 - 02/19/15 06:32 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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Very similar. Flip a coin, both will get the job done near or far.
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#5608992 - 02/19/15 07:03 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Very similar. Flip a coin, both will get the job done near or far.


Yup.

Check the amount of ammo available for both. I suspect there is more available for the 7-08. That is if you're not a hand loader.
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#5609151 - 02/19/15 08:32 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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6.5 Creedmoor
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#5609174 - 02/19/15 08:52 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: HorizonFirearms]
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6.5 Creedmoor


I agree if OP can find a mass produced rifle he can afford in that chambering.
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#5609246 - 02/19/15 09:54 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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6.5 creedmoor was not an option...respect their posts' for me owning both the 7mm-08 and .260, my choice is the 7mm-08 in an 139 grain bullet, my favorite is a cheapo Stevens 200 in the 7mm-08 have done some work including stock and trigger work...it is a tack driver now. if they wanted to know about a 6.5 creedmoor, they would have asked for that input.
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#5609257 - 02/19/15 10:01 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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#5609280 - 02/19/15 10:19 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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Adding a little to what I wrote earlier. Some of the best advice I ever got when looking for a new rifle was offered by a guy working at a gun store in Starkville MS in 1982. Go buy one of those Remington 788s in 7mm-08 that Walmart just got in. I did and never have regretted that choice. Ammo was almost impossible to find at that time but the way it shoots and kills deer I could not ask for anything better.

Had it been chambered in the 260 I bet I would be just as happy with it. But the introduction of the 260 was years away.
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#5609305 - 02/19/15 10:46 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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7mm-08.

First one I had was in a 700 ADL, and it was a really good shooter. Got rid of it and moved on to other things. A while later my wife wanted to start hunting. Got her a T3 in 7mm-08. Fantastic rifle, very accurate and reliable in a great round.

To be fair, I have no experience with the 260. I have no doubt it'd be a good one as well. I hand load so either would be a good choice for me. I just like the 7mm-08.
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#5609313 - 02/19/15 11:00 PM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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I've never had either but from what I read when I fired up the google machine is they're basically the same, performance wise. Not enough difference to matter either way if you ask me. if you're 100% he'll bent on one or the other, see which one has more factory ammo available. My guess would be 7-08.


May I ask why those two are the only options you chose if you like the 700?
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#5609354 - 02/20/15 12:15 AM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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I personally would go .260 and reload but that is because I'm a 6.5 freak. 7mm-08 ammo is definitely less expensive and more available where I live. I think the common sense choice would be the 7mm.
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#5609356 - 02/20/15 12:16 AM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Bullfrog]
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I handload so it is not a factor either way on ammo. I reload his 300 now. After reading the answers here I'm thinking 7-08 will be good for him. I can get him a Remington 700 CDL SF Stainless Fluted rifle. Add a Timney/Jewell trigger, new B&C stock and work up a load for him and we will be good.

I am thinking of a 6.5 for me, but I am a 700 guy. Just do not want a Savage or Ruger. That means I have to go custom.

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#5609363 - 02/20/15 12:26 AM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Bullfrog]
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Bullfrog: I have a rifle in every available bullet size but 6.5 and 338. I have a 338 Lapua on order for a Alaskian bear hunt next year. I am very interested in the 6.5's from reading on here. I spoke with Derrick at DSC show last month. Just not sure if I'm ready to pull trigger on it yet. I have 3 -257's and 3-270's., but after reading all these threads I feel like I need a 6.5. I have both sides of it covered. I know I will get one eventually. Just need to talk to Derrick.

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#5609501 - 02/20/15 07:20 AM Re: 7mm-08 or 260 Rem? [Re: Oldpaint]
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Originally Posted By: Oldpaint
Bullfrog: I have a rifle in every available bullet size but 6.5 and 338. I have a 338 Lapua on order for a Alaskian bear hunt next year. I am very interested in the 6.5's from reading on here. I spoke with Derrick at DSC show last month. Just not sure if I'm ready to pull trigger on it yet. I have 3 -257's and 3-270's., but after reading all these threads I feel like I need a 6.5. I have both sides of it covered. I know I will get one eventually. Just need to talk to Derrick.


I thought we had talked at DSC, If I remember correctly you and your buddy both got ZEROlights? Did not mean to get Texaspatriot.308 all bent out of shape on the creedmoor but here is why I recommended it over the 260, since you are looking for a 6.5. Nosler just released a 142 grain 6.5 bullet that has a published BC of over .7. That being the case I personally would want the extra magazine box room the creedmoor provides over the 260, especially since you hand load.
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