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#5729708 - 05/05/15 10:02 AM 260 vs. 7mm-08?
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Could someone with more knowledge than I on these two, please inform me the pros and cons between them? I have very very little experience with a 260 and zero on the 7-08 in terms of actually shooting one.

This is kind of a knock off from the thread "which caliber" I started a few weeks ago, but figured this would be best as its own. I thought I had narrowed my vision down to the 7mm-08. I found a pretty decent custom 7-08 setup online ready to go, and a good family friend, who builds his own custom guns, and said he preferred the .260 as it was a better cartridge...so help? Not that I don't trust him, just wanted more intel on the two. I've googled this, and found some other threads on other sites I'm not a member of

Looking to make this my 1000 yard plinker and my primary hunting rifle. Thanks in advance.

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#5729715 - 05/05/15 10:07 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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This again?

260 has more speed
7mm-08 has more BC
That equates to near identical wind holds to 1000 yards. Both wearing 24" barrels and loaded to their potential.

Because the 162 gr or 168 gr 7mm out weighs the 140 gr 6.5 mm, the 7mm delivers a tad more energy.
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#5729725 - 05/05/15 10:13 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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yep again. haha. Sorry. The 260 wasn't ever really thrown into the equation before. The main topics in the other were 6.5creed,7-08, and the 280AI.

I guess I get a little ocd before making a big purchase and tend to over analyze my researching bang I finally finished reading my reloading book for the first time yesterday, and will def be reading it again to learn more.

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#5729728 - 05/05/15 10:14 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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6 in one half a dozen in the other.

Might as well toss 6.5 creedmoor in the mix.

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#5729773 - 05/05/15 10:44 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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260 for more range shooting and 7mm-08 for more hunting. I like the bigger bullets for hunting, like the 162 A-max out of a 7mm08. But a 260 with a 140 is no slouch either. The 162 will put more energy on target, if that matters. I have shot both.
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#5729813 - 05/05/15 11:12 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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I recently pondered this question and chose 7-08. I think there's no difference between the two at 1000 and the 162 amax is more versatile than the 140 in a .260. Past 1000 the .260 probably gets the nod. The biggest reason I chose 7-08 is the guys I talk to are shooting.260, 6.5 creed, 6.5x47, and 6.5x284. So I'm not a bandwagon guy. I had two .260s before they knew what they were. They found 6.5 and I found a new caliber. I also intend to shame them at 1000 with my 7-08. Hope I can back it up.

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#5729837 - 05/05/15 11:21 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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You do know that the 260 Rem and the 6.5 Creedmoor produce IDENTICAL external ballistics, right?

But the 6.5 Creedmoor tends to have a tad lower ES, and produces the same velocity for a given bullet with .5-1.0 gr less powder. At least that is what happened when I went from .260 to 6.5 Creedmoor.

260 Rem

140 gr. A-max, 2800 fps with 43.2 gr of H-4350

6.5 Creedmoor

140 gr. A-max, 2800 fps with 42.4 gr. of H-4350
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#5729877 - 05/05/15 11:47 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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Thanks Fireman and Chad. I think yall have me swaying towards the 7-08 again. My brain couldn't process the books I've been reading like the way yall put it above. Thanks for dumbing it down a little bit better for me roflmao

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#5729889 - 05/05/15 11:53 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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7mm-08 if you buy ammo off the shelf, 260 if you roll your own unless you like the 7mm-08 better.

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#5729891 - 05/05/15 11:53 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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Do you handload?

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#5729894 - 05/05/15 11:55 AM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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Not yet, but I will be. I figured I would read a book or two to get the understanding behind it, before I went and purchased the equipment.

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#5729980 - 05/05/15 12:50 PM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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Not dumbing anything down, just plain speak. It's really not very complicated.

Picking a chambering for shooting and hunting comes down to a few things. MV, BC, and Ft/lbs.
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#5730016 - 05/05/15 01:11 PM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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True, it was just easier reading it the way you put it, vs. flipping back and forth between the charts in my book.

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#5730081 - 05/05/15 01:45 PM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: ZK-315]
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"But the 6.5 Creedmoor tends to have a tad lower ES," Fireman, what is the ES?
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#5730095 - 05/05/15 01:49 PM Re: 260 vs. 7mm-08? [Re: BassCat'99]
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Originally Posted By: BassCat'99
"But the 6.5 Creedmoor tends to have a tad lower ES," Fireman, what is the ES?


Extreme spread. The difference between the highest and lowest velocity.

shot 1 2700 fps
shot 2 2725 fps
shot 3 2730 fps

ES = 30 fps

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