6.5x55 vs 260 Rem

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    6.5x55 vs 260 Rem

    Ok, I am looking at building/buying a rifle. I really like the 6.5x55 but according to the Rem catalog the 260 factory ammo is about 100 fps faster than the sweed. I know the 6.5x55 can be loaded hotter in a modern action so a couple of questions about the two rounds.

    With handloads is there any measurable diffrence in velocity?

    As far as accurate rounds the 6.5x55 is a proven accurate round, how is the 260 in accuracy?

    I plan on using the 140 Gr bullets so I am looking at the 1:8 twist. I realize a 1:9 will work, but any reason not to use the 8 twist?

    Any thing else I should know about either of these rounds?
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    As far as I know, man...the Swede has more case capacity and can outperform a top loaded 260 slightly. North American makers load it weak, same as 8mm Mauser, don't let that tell you what the round can do. The Lapua guys load it like it is meant to be loaded, I think a 123 gran Scenar at 2800 fps.

    There's no reason not to use 1:8, that I can think of. It won't bother the lighter bullets any.

    The 260 Rem will get you a short action, if that is one of your requirements.

    I wouldn't predict there to be much difference in accuracy between the two, if any, but that's just me. Plenty of guys know better :lol:
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    The 6.5x55mm is a better cartridge all round. It is one of the all time great rounds with respect to accuracy. The 6.5x55mm has more case capacity than the .260 Remington. In addition the 260 Remington operates at much higher pressures.

    In a 6.5x55mm, you want an 8" twist. Don't let anyone sell you a 9" twist barrel. The 8" twist is needed for the very long heavy bullets.

    In a 6.5x55mm, you can expect the following velocities:

    85 grain---3500 fps
    100 grain--3250 fps
    120 grain--3000 fps
    140 grain--2700 fps
    160 grain--2500 fps

    What really makes the 6.5x55mm great are the long heavy bullets in the 140 to 160 grain range. And here's where you can put the extra case capacity of the 6.5x55mm to good use.

    Comparing the .260 Remington to the 6.5x55mm is like comparing a three legged lame donkey to a thoroughbred racehorse. It's

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    Quote Originally Posted by madgunsmith
    Comparing the .260 Remington to the 6.5x55mm is like comparing a three legged lame donkey to a thoroughbred racehorse. It's

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    Come on now mad, quit beating around the bush, how do you really feel on the comparison? Don't be afaraid, come on out and say it. :lol:

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I will go with the original plan, ie 6.5x55
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    Yeah, Mad sure has a way with being very ambiguous as to his true feelings about things... doesn't he!

    The ols Swede round is a great cartridge. I hear that it is about as popular in Europe (especially in the North) as the .30-06 is here in the States, used to take everything from small deer and wild hogs, on up to moose! Pretty much any of the old cartridges that were loaded into the Mauser rifle for use in the World Wars is an excellent one- 7mm Mauser, 8mm Mauser, 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser, .30-06 (since the M1903 Springer is basically an American Mauser.) Stick with the classics, there is a reason they've lasted so long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake S
    Pretty much any of the old cartridges that were loaded into the Mauser rifle for use in the World Wars is an excellent one- 7mm Mauser, 8mm Mauser, 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser, .30-06 (since the M1903 Springer is basically an American Mauser.)
    I see you skipped out 7.65x53mm!
    It behaves (or so I have read), very similar to 7.62x51mm. If we had all adopted it when it first came out, it would have saved NATO a fair few headaches!
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    Back in 1889, Paul Mauser was 60 years ahead of his time. The 7.65x53mm is a wonderful cartridge and it is chambered in the 1909 Argentine Contract Mauser. The 1909 Mauser might just be the nicest of all the Mauser 98s.


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    Why not just go 6.5x284?

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    I assume 6.5x284 means 6.5mm x 2.84 inches?

    So, 6.5x71mm?

    That can't be right?
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    The 284 is just the cartridges parent brass.

    The 6.5x284 is a .284 win necked down for 6.5

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