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Old 11-05-2018, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Help/input 260 vs 270? Something bigger?

Ok, who can tell me advantage disadvantage of a 260 rem bs 270. I have a chance to pick up a kimber thatís mint for a great price in 260. I have a tikka 270 that flat out drills anything I shoot with it and will knock anything down out to 400 wit the right load.

I want to get it for my wife who is currently shooting my 270 with zero problems. But I hate to buy lesser knock down power.

Any other caliber to consider? Iíve been tossing around going with a 6.5 or 7mm wsm built by surgeon or gap rifles. They have some tactical rifles that are fairly lite and would be perfect for Colorado. The same guy that has the kimber has a 7mm wsm built by gap rifles. Fluted barrel and composite stock. Relatively lite and with had loads, it will shoot almost as tight of a group as my tactical 308 with a bull barrel. Which means at 750 his will shoot in a snuff can and mine shoots in a half dollar. Not shabby for a hunting rig that my wife can bang steel with or hammer anything in North America.
Thoughts? Suggestions?


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Old 11-05-2018, 05:27 PM   #2
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270 is going to beat out the 260 by a fair margin. You are comparing a long action caliber vs a short action.

Recoil & muzzle blast will be less with the 260 and that Tikka will be a sweet rifle.

IMO the 260 is the perfect caliber for Texas whitetail, especially for
smalller statured people.


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Old 11-05-2018, 05:28 PM   #3
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The .260Rem is a great low recoil cartridge. It is a standard short action casing with a 6.5 projectile. The 6.5 probably has the best ballistic coefficient of any projectile used for deer sized game and up. It does not carry as much energy as the .270WIN but because of the BC, it will be affected by wind less, and will probably penetrate as much or more. Knockdown power is a tricky thing as it is virtually impossible to actually measure, especially since most bullets go through the target. I would not hesitate to shoot any pig, or deer out to 400 with the .260REM. Fantastic cartridge
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:47 PM   #4
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The .260Rem is a great low recoil cartridge. It is a standard short action casing with a 6.5 projectile. The 6.5 probably has the best ballistic coefficient of any projectile used for deer sized game and up. It does not carry as much energy as the .270WIN but because of the BC, it will be affected by wind less, and will probably penetrate as much or more. Knockdown power is a tricky thing as it is virtually impossible to actually measure, especially since most bullets go through the target. I would not hesitate to shoot any pig, or deer out to 400 with the .260REM. Fantastic cartridge


I knew it had higher ballistic coefficients. Like I said, I already have a 270. And the wife would enjoy the 260 Bc she loves my 270.


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Old 11-05-2018, 07:43 PM   #5
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How about a 308 for you and let the wife keep shooting the 270?
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:11 PM   #6
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You can’t beat the 6.5 projectile �� I have a 260 in an r700 action and love it. Especially with a good hand load.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:17 PM   #7
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Difference is about 250fps. 260 and 6.5 Creedmoor are about the same thing.

I highly doubt any critter will know the difference.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:58 PM   #8
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either will work well,, the 260 will always be much harder to find ammo for if it does not fade out all together,,, I would not choose it over anything else at this time
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:50 PM   #9
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260 gets my vote. I love that round. Would be great for the wife as well!


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Old 11-06-2018, 08:04 PM   #10
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I have hunted with .260, 6.5 and a lot with the .270
I like the 6.5 for ammo price and availability
But my wife shoots a .270 like me but had it cut down and a new butt pad.
I only have to carry and store one type of ammo for us.
To do over again we would both have a 6.5 CR.
Perfect size for tx deer and hogs.

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Old 11-06-2018, 08:06 PM   #11
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Had a buddy who carried a 260 Rem. It was a great round on deer. That is the round Iíd buy next except that Iíve wanted a 257 WM for forever so.....
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:23 PM   #12
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I've got a Sako 85 Hunter 260 rem, APR custom 270, and a Tikka 270. All work very well for deer. If I was going after bigger game....aoudad, Elk, or similar type game, i'd use my 270 or bigger. 260 is more than enough for deer. I do get more lightning type drops from the 270. Velocity makes a difference if you're wanting DRT.....without a shoulder/CNS type shot. Shot a couple whitetail doe this weekend with my 22-250 and 60 gr Nosler partitions and a axis doe and axis buck with my 270. All of them died in sight, but the 270 dropped them drt.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:38 PM   #13
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260 is a great round. I absolutely love it.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:53 PM   #14
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I have a tikka t3 260 that I put a suppressor on. It is awesome for my 10 yr old grandson. No kick and no sound. It blew a softball size exit hole in 2 different deer last year
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:58 PM   #15
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I love my .260 but ammo availability is not great. I hand load so that's not an issue, and if you're good with that you won't be disappointed with the round.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:13 PM   #16
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The .260Rem is a great low recoil cartridge. It is a standard short action casing with a 6.5 projectile. The 6.5 probably has the best ballistic coefficient of any projectile used for deer sized game and up. It does not carry as much energy as the .270WIN but because of the BC, it will be affected by wind less, and will probably penetrate as much or more. Knockdown power is a tricky thing as it is virtually impossible to actually measure, especially since most bullets go through the target. I would not hesitate to shoot any pig, or deer out to 400 with the .260REM. Fantastic cartridge
Say what Clark?

I like the 6.5 variants for long range target shooting but you're not likely to see any benefits from better B.C.'s at typical hunting ranges, especially between two such similarly sized bullets. In fact, the .270 flat out smokes the .260 and 6.5cm in every category except windage out to 800 yards:

https://ronspomeroutdoors.com/blog/6...70-winchester/
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:08 PM   #17
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260 all day long

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In fact, the .270 flat out smokes
Strong words for what amounts to ballistic hair splitting, especially when you consider that for hunting, there is no animal or range where a 270 is going to make a cleaner kill than a 260 for the same shot.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:23 PM   #18
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Three years ago I went to a friends hunting. The guy who guided me ask if id ever shot a 260. I said nope. We went out the first morning with his 260. I hadnt shot a deer with a gun in 4 years. We had a nice cull come at 500 yards. He only closed to 480. My guide said no problem. A couple a clicks on the scope. He said if the cross hairs are on the deer when you touch the trigger he will be dead.
I laid on the ground put the cross hairs on the deer and touched the trigger and the deer folded up right there.
That after noon we went to the range at 1000 yards. He clicked the scope again. Said if i was on the 24 inch plate when i touched the trigger it would clang. I touched it of and 3-4 seconds later, clang! Im officially 1 for 1 at 1000 yards!
So I sold my 300 win mag and bought a 260!
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #19
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260 all day long


Strong words for what amounts to ballistic hair splitting, especially when you consider that for hunting, there is no animal or range where a 270 is going to make a cleaner kill than a 260 for the same shot.
This isn't a debate about 6.5 vs 6.8 bullets, OP is asking about .260 vs .270. cartridges, and yes the .270 FLAT OUT SMOKES IT
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:09 PM   #20
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Ammo may be something to think about. you will be limited without ordering online. 270 you will find on the shelf at a very fair price. If you don't have a need for less recoil, the 270 would get my vote.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:16 PM   #21
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Love my 260. Kills out to 650 yards so far have shot steel out to 1300 yards. Minimal recoil, flat shooting, and hard hitting. One of the best calibers in my opinion.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:42 PM   #22
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I would be more concerned about the rifle (Kimber) than the cartridge. Unless it was a proven shooter, I would never own another Kimber. They are hit and miss on accuracy. Pretty guns, but not all of them shoot well.

As far as the cartridge goes, I've never owned a .270, but the deer won't know the difference if you put the medicine where the pain is. I've killed a lot of game with a .280, and all of them would have died real dead with a .260 or a .270. Personal choice.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:16 PM   #23
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Agree on the Kimber. I have one in 6.5cm and itís a lightweight and smooth gun.. however itís the least accurate rifle I own and it rarely ever gets taken out

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I would be more concerned about the rifle (Kimber) than the cartridge. Unless it was a proven shooter, I would never own another Kimber. They are hit and miss on accuracy. Pretty guns, but not all of them shoot well.

As far as the cartridge goes, I've never owned a .270, but the deer won't know the difference if you put the medicine where the pain is. I've killed a lot of game with a .280, and all of them would have died real dead with a .260 or a .270. Personal choice.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:08 PM   #24
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Most of the people on this forum when it comes to guns can’t really say we “need” a gun and mean it. I would say 90% or higher it would lean more towards “want” a gun or certain caliber of gun. If that Kimber tickles your fancy get it and don’t feel guilty that you bought something you wanted not something you needed.
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