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The 6.5 seems all the rage lately and the 7mm-08 seems to be more than overlooked. Both have great BCs. Both have light recoil. Heck both are AICS mag compatible.

They look really close until you look at energy were the 7mm-08 gets the nod due to bullet wait.

Why all the 6.5 love?
 

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I guess it partly depends whether you are hunting and how large the game is.

The reason I went with 260 Remington instead of 7mm-08 is this.

7mm-08 would usually use 175 matchking with .608 BC running about 2500 fps (max). at 1,000 yards it should still be going about 1321 fps with 678 energy. it falls subsonic around 1425 yards

260 rem would usually use 142 SMK with .595 BC running about 2700 fps. at 1000 yards it should still be going 1430fps with 644 energy. it falls subsonic at 1550.

The BC's are very close, but the extra 200 fps is nice on the long end of the range. Either round should preform well for target. 7mm might have the edge on game.
 

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For the price of barrels I may just get both, try the 7mm-08 first, if I get good numbers that will work for what I want, I'll run with it, sell the 6.5 or use it in another build.
Must be nice to have a savage and be able to screw barrels on and off like that :mad:.
 

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Our ballistic calcs arn't synced and 175 smks(1 in 8 1/2 twist recommendation) seems a bit much untill you get into the 7mm magnums with faster twist rates.

Try a 162 amax (.625BC) getting close to 2800 fps on your calculator or a 180gr berger match VLD hunting (.659BC) at around 2500 that is border line pushing it with 1 in 9 twist recommendation.

Don't get me wrong im not bagging on the 6.5 or the 260 just stating that 6.5 creedmoor seems to be the new wonder drug yet in comparison with granpa's 7mm-08 it is like splitting microscopic hairs.

Edit: missed a few posts messing around in JBM... Between AI bringing out an AICS for savages and the barrel swaps its really getting hard to choose platforms anymore not to mention all the scopes that are rummered to soon hit the shelves. Being so anal my head is mush at this point.

Adam Norma is making 7mm-8 brass and like you said 308 lapua is an option, all is good once this bs political climate is done with.

Edit again messed up names.
 

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One thing I have read but am not sure about is that 7mm-08 really needs a 26" barrel or it looses too much velocity.
 

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Can the 175gr SMK be pushed to say 2600-2700fps in the 7mm08? 2500fps sounds really low for that sized case.
 

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I have no first hand experience with the 7-08. I was just looking at the load data on IMR's site. If it can be pushed harder, it might be worth seriously looking at.
 
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