#1  
Old 08-05-2009, 05:31 PM
HotDog's Avatar
HotDog HotDog is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Maryland
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default Anyone use the 260 Rem to hunt deer?

I bought my brothers Remington Model 7 in 260 Rem. Anyone hunt deer with this caliber? I've got a buddy that had a TC Encore in 260 but he didn't like it. He was shooting 140gr Rem factory loads and had some deer get away. Now I understand that with any caliber ya got hit em in the goodies but this guy doesn't usually let deer get away. I'm thinking a hand load with a lighter bullet, maybe 120gr might be the ticket.
Any thought or ideas?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-05-2009, 06:21 PM
mrfudd mrfudd is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Augusta
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Nothing wrong with the .260. The Swedes use the very similar 6.5x55 to kill Moose, so the issue is not with the round. 140 or 120 grain coreloks will kill any deer-if you hit it properly.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-05-2009, 08:25 PM
redjoe redjoe is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default 260

I have a 260 and love it. In fact I'm looking to put together an encore with 260 bbl. I prefer the 120 Remington and had very good results with grouping. If you look at remingto site and compare the 120 gr in 260 and 7mm-08 you'll find their almost identical. Both rounds are based on the .308 case.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-05-2009, 09:53 PM
jglenn's Avatar
jglenn jglenn is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Monroe Ga
iTrader: (23) Check/Add Feedback
Default

260 with accubonds will flat do the job

my mdl 7 refuses to shoot any load over 1" most are around .5 and I like the 130 and 140 gr.

Last edited by jglenn; 08-06-2009 at 07:51 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-05-2009, 09:55 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I use it's ballistic twin the 6.5x55. I handload and run the Remington Corelocks to about 2750 fps and also I've used the 140g Nosler Partition. Thus far I've not had a bullet fail to exit; however, I'm going to try the 130g Nosler Accubonds this year.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-05-2009, 10:14 PM
ATLRoach's Avatar
ATLRoach ATLRoach is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Marietta/Kennesaw
iTrader: (32) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Not a 260 but I use a 260AI. One of the best 308 cased rounds. I shoot 140 Hunting Bergers moving about 2850

Side Note: If you handload use 7mm-08 Win Brass necked down or Lapua Necked up 243 brass. Remington brass is too soft and will loose the primer pockets after 3 fires if you are getting near max loads.
__________________
Kyle
GCO Member

Last edited by ATLRoach; 08-05-2009 at 10:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-05-2009, 11:07 PM
georgiaboy's Avatar
georgiaboy georgiaboy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Dahlonega
iTrader: (49) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I shot 140 Bergers in a 6.5-284 (which is just a faster .260). I have also used 140 GameKings with success.
__________________
In Hoc Signo Vinces: in this sign you will conquer
Long live crabbybill.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-05-2009, 11:14 PM
grouper sandwich's Avatar
grouper sandwich grouper sandwich is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

If your buddy was losing deer with a 260, he needed to be spending more time at the range and less in the woods. ANY shot from that round in the vitals will result in a very, very dead deer, quickly.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-06-2009, 08:25 AM
Doyle Doyle is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bradenton, Fl
iTrader: (3) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Up until recently, the only factory 120grn rounds (that were commonly available) were the Federal ballistic tips and Remington Accutips (their version of a ballistic tips). I don't like ballistic tips, so I went with the 140grn Federals. 125grn Nosler Partitions are made (I think it's Corbon that sells them), but they are very hard to find.

Lately, Federal has been making Fusions with 120grn bullets in .260. As a bonus, the Fusions are also about $10/box cheaper than other premium bullets. When my current supply of Federal 140's are used up, I'm switching to the 120 Fusions.

As a side note, this year I'll be hunting with 2 .260 firearms. I picked up a Rem model 7 with the short barrel (perfect light treestand gun) to match the Rem XP100R pistol I already had.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-06-2009, 09:30 AM
howl howl is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Putnam County, GA
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

120gr NBT drops them like flipping a switch and keeps on going. If you want to use anything over 130 grains you might as well get a 7mm08. Its faster with the heavier bullets.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-06-2009, 09:41 AM
Jeff Phillips's Avatar
Jeff Phillips Jeff Phillips is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Silver City
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

My son has a Ruger Compact .260 that is a sweet little rifle!

I want to try the 120's in it this year.
__________________
Today is the oldest I've ever been and the youngest I'll ever be, need to make the most of it either way!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Randy's Avatar
Randy Randy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Griffin Ga
iTrader: (9) Check/Add Feedback
Default

No reason for the 260 since there is the 7mm-08 IMO. On a side note I know of a nice buck that was shot in the neck that fell to the ground like a sack of potatoes. As the hunter ejected the shell and was sitting there admiring his nice buck, it stood up and walked off. We never found it nor nor any sign of it.
__________________
I only envy those who catch more fish than me.-Issac Walton
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-06-2009, 11:08 AM
TreeFrog's Avatar
TreeFrog TreeFrog is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Leesburg, GA
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

No reason for the 7mm-08 since there is a .308 IMO but that said the .260 is more than enough gun for any whitetail anywhere. The gun would also be an ideal choice for pronghorn and sheep. Any .260 bullet from 120-140 grains is capable of a clean kill. I might stay with the heavier bullets if you intend to use it for black bears, elk, or similar but I recommend that you find what your gun likes best for accuracy and leave it alone.
__________________
TreeFrog
Aim small, miss small.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-06-2009, 01:13 PM
grouper sandwich's Avatar
grouper sandwich grouper sandwich is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Randy View Post
No reason for the 260 since there is the 7mm-08 IMO. On a side note I know of a nice buck that was shot in the neck that fell to the ground like a sack of potatoes. As the hunter ejected the shell and was sitting there admiring his nice buck, it stood up and walked off. We never found it nor nor any sign of it.
That's what happens when someone makes a marginal shot on a deer in the neck and misses the spine, jugular and windpipe. My suggestion to that hunter would be to practice better shot placement in the future.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-06-2009, 01:31 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by grouper sandwich View Post
That's what happens when someone makes a marginal shot on a deer in the neck and misses the spine, jugular and windpipe. My suggestion to that hunter would be to practice better shot placement in the future.
Yep - would have happed with the 7mm-08, .308 Win, .30-06, etc too. Classic case of poor shot placement.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 08-06-2009, 01:32 PM
Twenty five ought six Twenty five ought six is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: At home
iTrader: (20) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TreeFrog View Post
No reason for the 7mm-08 since there is a .308 IMO but that said the .260 is more than enough gun for any whitetail anywhere. The gun would also be an ideal choice for pronghorn and sheep. Any .260 bullet from 120-140 grains is capable of a clean kill. I might stay with the heavier bullets if you intend to use it for black bears, elk, or similar but I recommend that you find what your gun likes best for accuracy and leave it alone.
No reason for the 7mm-08 because there is the 7mm Mauser (75 years before the .308) .

No need for the .260 because there is the 6.5 X 55 Mauser

Oh, wait --them's some of them infernal European calibers. I can't read no metric crap.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-06-2009, 03:24 PM
georgiaboy's Avatar
georgiaboy georgiaboy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Dahlonega
iTrader: (49) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Twenty five ought six View Post
No reason for the 7mm-08 because there is the 7mm Mauser (75 years before the .308) .

No need for the .260 because there is the 6.5 X 55 Mauser

Oh, wait --them's some of them infernal European calibers. I can't read no metric crap.
Be like me and go with a blend. 6.5-284 gives you an ol' obsolete caliber AND the metric system.

Shoulda named it the .260 Royale with cheese.
__________________
In Hoc Signo Vinces: in this sign you will conquer
Long live crabbybill.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-06-2009, 03:52 PM
Randy's Avatar
Randy Randy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Griffin Ga
iTrader: (9) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by grouper sandwich View Post
That's what happens when someone makes a marginal shot on a deer in the neck and misses the spine, jugular and windpipe. My suggestion to that hunter would be to practice better shot placement in the future.
I agree........just saying. The real point is the 260 leaves little room for bad shots. Not that that is an excuse, people kill deer with 223's every year. There is just not a lot of room for error.
__________________
I only envy those who catch more fish than me.-Issac Walton
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-06-2009, 04:05 PM
Jeff Phillips's Avatar
Jeff Phillips Jeff Phillips is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Silver City
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

There is not a nickles worth of difference in the killing power, energy, drop, room for shot error, or any other factor, between the .308, 7-08, and the 260
__________________
Today is the oldest I've ever been and the youngest I'll ever be, need to make the most of it either way!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-06-2009, 04:59 PM
shortround1 shortround1 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: conyers, ga.
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by redjoe View Post
I have a 260 and love it. In fact I'm looking to put together an encore with 260 bbl. I prefer the 120 Remington and had very good results with grouping. If you look at remingto site and compare the 120 gr in 260 and 7mm-08 you'll find their almost identical. Both rounds are based on the .308 case.
just a little ribbing in fun, if they came from a .308 case, why not shoot a .308?
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:10 PM
Twenty five ought six Twenty five ought six is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: At home
iTrader: (20) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shortround1 View Post
just a little ribbing in fun, if they came from a .308 case, why not shoot a .308?
The .308 came from the .30-06 which came from the 7mm Mauser, so ......
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:12 PM
Twenty five ought six Twenty five ought six is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: At home
iTrader: (20) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Randy View Post
I agree........just saying. The real point is the 260 leaves little room for bad shots. Not that that is an excuse, people kill deer with 223's every year. There is just not a lot of room for error.
Which caliber would you suggest has a lot of room for bad shots?
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:26 PM
WTM45's Avatar
WTM45 WTM45 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: .
iTrader: (6) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Phillips View Post
There is not a nickles worth of difference in the killing power, energy, drop, room for shot error, or any other factor, between the .308, 7-08, and the 260

Well, one has the ability to deliver heavier bullets for less wind drift.............
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:38 PM
mrfudd mrfudd is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Augusta
iTrader: (4) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Twenty five ought six View Post
Which caliber would you suggest has a lot of room for bad shots?
50 BMG, 20mm?
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:38 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Randy View Post
I agree........just saying. The real point is the 260 leaves little room for bad shots. Not that that is an excuse, people kill deer with 223's every year. There is just not a lot of room for error.
The thought that a .260 Remington is in anyway shape or form marginal for deer is a bad joke. There isn't a penny worth a difference in game performance between the .260 Remington and a 7mm/08, or about 20 other chamberings for that matter.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 08-06-2009, 07:39 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrfudd View Post
50 BMG, 20mm?
How about a Bazooka or an RPG?
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 08-06-2009, 08:07 PM
Bowyer29's Avatar
Bowyer29 Bowyer29 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Holly Springs
iTrader: (8) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Randy View Post
No reason for the 260 since there is the 7mm-08 IMO. On a side note I know of a nice buck that was shot in the neck that fell to the ground like a sack of potatoes. As the hunter ejected the shell and was sitting there admiring his nice buck, it stood up and walked off. We never found it nor nor any sign of it.
Well, no disrespect but it was not hit well! 22 LR and Mag to the neck is a dead deer, 260 is much better. I hit one in the neck at 60 yards, looked like the site of a mass killing, blew stuff everywhere! I hit them behind the shoulder, and they drop like a ton of bricks. I saw and see no difference in teh way a deer reacts to a .308 150gr partition and a .260 140 gr Gameking.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 08-06-2009, 08:21 PM
Randy's Avatar
Randy Randy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Griffin Ga
iTrader: (9) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Twenty five ought six View Post
Which caliber would you suggest has a lot of room for bad shots?
Well I have see the 300mag do some nasty stuff. Or that I shoot one or even want to but I saw one bow a deers head off from a shoot in the neck. I also saw a doe fall over dead from what I thought was a perfct shot from 350 yards. But when we got to her she had been hit in the back thigh. It is not necessarily the caliber or the power of the cartridge but the construction of the bullet. And when you get to lighter caliber manufactured rounds are for small game and varmints.
__________________
I only envy those who catch more fish than me.-Issac Walton
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 08-06-2009, 11:00 PM
HotDog's Avatar
HotDog HotDog is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Maryland
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Thanks for all the help guys. I'll let you know how it goes in November.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 08-06-2009, 11:19 PM
bublewis's Avatar
bublewis bublewis is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Western North Carolina
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I've shot several 260's, and I think it's a nice little round. A friend of mine hunted with a 7-08 for years until the 260 came out; I sold him a 700 Ti. in it, and he loves it. I believe that he has mainly used 120gr BT's. I like the 125gr NP's and 140 SBT's too. The 260 never caught on much. I think this is because it just doesn't offer anything new or better for deer hunting; target shooting, maybe, but not for deer hunting. Anymore people expect a caliber to kill and bury a deer all at once. What's the big deal? If it runs 25 yds., it'll tag and bag just the same.

Last edited by bublewis; 08-06-2009 at 11:32 PM. Reason: add on
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 08-08-2009, 12:28 AM
30-338 30-338 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Augusta, SC
iTrader: (2) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Hotdog, since you mentioned reloading for the 260, I'll write out my dealings with it. I know somebody with one and I worked up a load for his gun. It has been very effective on deer. He is using a Model 700 Rem with a 22" or 24" barrel. I settled on the 120 grain Sierra prohunter and Hodgdon 4831. I tried H414, but couldn't get a good group with it. According to the Hodgdon manual 50 grains of 4831 is the max with the 120 grain bullets. I ended up getting the best group with 49.5 grains of H4831, a WLR primer, and an overall length of 2.770. As you know, follow the Hodgdon manual and start at the suggested starting point and work up. I know someone with a Ruger 77 and H4831 also shot well in his gun. I hope this helps.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 08-09-2009, 12:05 AM
bear-229's Avatar
bear-229 bear-229 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: SE Ga
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

my son shoots a ruger compact 260 with managed recoil's.
very SWEET shooting gun.

he has pulled the trigger 1 time and has 1 dead deer.

i was looking for a 7-08 when i bought it. but love it now. i want another for my other son.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 08-10-2009, 01:29 PM
leoparddog's Avatar
leoparddog leoparddog is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Marietta
iTrader: (21) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I traded mine here on Woody's that I had for years. A very sweet shooting deer rifle. If your buddy can't shoot, it just don't matter what he's shooting. Here's a lesson from many of us to him via you. "Don't shoot deer in the neck". I killed over a dozen deer with mine and all of them died very effectively. I reloaded for mine and decided that the 120gr NBTs were a bit too frangible, but I never lost a deer to one..

Differences between a 260/7mm-08/308? Well many 1000 yard target shooters are going to the 260 for less drop and less winddrift than the 308 and I've never heard of any competing with the 7mm-08 at all. I have shot my 260 and 308 at the range together on the same day. The 260 DOES have less recoil which is a bonus for some folks. It was very pleasant to shoot.
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 08-10-2009, 02:43 PM
Randy's Avatar
Randy Randy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Griffin Ga
iTrader: (9) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by leoparddog View Post
I've never heard of any competing with the 7mm-08 at all.
Not sure what kind of target shooters you are talking about but the 7mm-08 was invented/wildcatted originally as a target round for the pistol shooters shooting the long rams.
__________________
I only envy those who catch more fish than me.-Issac Walton
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 08-10-2009, 04:35 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

It seems to me that the 6.5x284 is far more popular amongst the benchrest crowd than the 7mm/08 because it will shoot considerably flatter with the VLD style bullets than the 7mm/08, as will the .260 Remington. The 140g Berger VLD in a 0.264 has a BC of 0.612 and a 7mm bore can't compete with that until you get to over 160g. The 7mm/08 case doesn't have the juice to drive the bullet to the speed of the 140g VLD in either of the 0.264" rounds not to mention the heavier bullet would present more recoil and the limited number of benchrest folks I know would certainly welcome less recoil for similar or better performance. Simply put the .260 Remington and 6.5x284 are awesome long range target rounds.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 08-10-2009, 04:38 PM
WTM45's Avatar
WTM45 WTM45 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: .
iTrader: (6) Check/Add Feedback
Default

And the .264WM is even sweeter!

6.5's are very special. A great balance of SD and BC.
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 08-10-2009, 11:22 PM
georgiaboy's Avatar
georgiaboy georgiaboy is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Dahlonega
iTrader: (49) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
It seems to me that the 6.5x284 is far more popular amongst the benchrest crowd than the 7mm/08 because it will shoot considerably flatter with the VLD style bullets than the 7mm/08, as will the .260 Remington. The 140g Berger VLD in a 0.264 has a BC of 0.612 and a 7mm bore can't compete with that until you get to over 160g. The 7mm/08 case doesn't have the juice to drive the bullet to the speed of the 140g VLD in either of the 0.264" rounds not to mention the heavier bullet would present more recoil and the limited number of benchrest folks I know would certainly welcome less recoil for similar or better performance. Simply put the .260 Remington and 6.5x284 are awesome long range target rounds.
Great post!
__________________
In Hoc Signo Vinces: in this sign you will conquer
Long live crabbybill.
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 09-06-2009, 01:21 PM
sriviere sriviere is offline
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Norcross, GA
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I'm working up 260 loads using the 130g Nosler Accubond in a Ruger M77 bolt action rifle. I've got RL17, RL15, Varget and IMR4320 powders but I've only found listings for RL15. Can anyone provide some alternatives?
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 09-06-2009, 03:29 PM
Buzz's Avatar
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Metro ATL
iTrader: (13) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sriviere View Post
Can anyone provide some alternatives?
Well - if it were me, I'd buy a slower powder like IMR 4350, RL19, or H4831.
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 09-06-2009, 06:12 PM
jglenn's Avatar
jglenn jglenn is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Monroe Ga
iTrader: (23) Check/Add Feedback
Default

H414 or Win 760 are great choices. middle burning powders work very well with the 260.
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 09-06-2009, 08:35 PM
Hammack's Avatar
Hammack Hammack is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: S.W. GA (Clay Co.)
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

The 260 is a fine choice for deer sized game. I am currently building a 260 on a 700 Rem action to play with this year. I have been a fan of the 6.5mm's for some years. My main rifle is a 264 win mag that I built some years ago. The 6.5mm bullets will make up for in penetration what energy it lacks when compared to the 7mm-08. In other words they penetrate more than their size would have you believe. This is because of the high sectional density they have. If a deer is lost with a 260 then ONLY the shooter is to blame.
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 09-07-2009, 12:59 AM
Ga-Bullet Ga-Bullet is offline
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Blue ridge GA
iTrader: (47) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Varget, BLC-2 and W-760 all work well in the 6.5's My 6.5 284 lives on RL-22.
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 09-07-2009, 08:50 AM
Win1917 Win1917 is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: south Louisiana
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Quote:
Not sure what kind of target shooters you are talking about but the 7mm-08 was invented/wildcatted originally as a target round for the pistol shooters shooting the long rams.
It was a popular round in high power rifle silhouette but from what I understand it's long been replaced by the 260 as the choice cartridge now. In handgun silhouette a 7-08 is way more cartridge than needed. I don't shoot big bore but I hear a lot guys using 6.5br, 7br, 7tcu and stuff like that. The problem with target shooting is that sometimes it's like a school of fish. One minute they're all going one way and then somebody wins with something different and the next year everyone's jumped ship to the new must-have .

The 7-08 and 260 are both great rounds and I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in either for deer hunting. I'm using 15" Encore in 260 this year.
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 09-07-2009, 10:30 AM
Buckhead Buckhead is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Atlanta
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

Great round for whitetails. My favorite tree stand rifle is a LSS Mountain rifle in .260. I have a Zeiss Diavari 3 x 9 on it and it is a sweet rig. Have taken several deer with that rifle. The largest being a 10 pt that field dressed at 165 lbs. No problems with deer running. Honestly can't tell any difference between the .260 and my .30 - 06 with comparable shots. 125 grain partitions are my favorite load. Second to that, 120 grain ballistic tips.
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 08-20-2012, 01:16 PM
shane256 shane256 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Alabama
iTrader: (0) Check/Add Feedback
Default

I realize this is an older thread, but I just signed up

I hunt with a .260 Remington and it's my favorite cartridge for whitetails. I have yet to have a deer run out of my sight and a number of them have never left their tracks when they were hit. I think the one that ran the farthest went about 30yds from where it was hit. I've never shot more than once at a deer and have never lost a deer with it. I like using 140gr bullets and haven't recovered one yet. I've been thinking about switching to 120gr or 130gr but since nothing seems to be broken, I'm hesitant to try to fix anything

I have a Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter with a 24" MGM barrel. I like this set up a lot because the overall length of the rifle is about 6" shorter than my 22" bolt action .30-06. that makes it great for use in shooting houses and tree stands. Even with its heavy contour barrel, it's still very light (about 7lbs with scope, sling, etc.) so it's easy to carry but even then it has mild recoil. Since the summer I got it four years ago (three deer seasons hunting with it, this coming season will be my 4th), my .30-06 and my .270Win rifles have only left my safe to go to the range. My .260 is my go-to rifle.

Sure, there's not really anything the .260 can do that a 7mm-08 can't but that works both ways, IMO.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 Georgia Outdoor News, Inc.Ad Management by RedTyger