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 We been over the 260 vs the 7-08. Now i'd like to know what you think about this comparison. The load books have the 6.5x 55 a little slower than the 260  with about the same powder dose?
 I'm looking at some different rifles and some are chambered in the 6.5 X 55 and not the 260. So i'm wondering if it's that big a difference?
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The factory ammunition is the difference. 
 
The 6.5x55 is loaded modestly because of the 300 trillion Model 96 Mausers in the world--some of which are 100 years old! You could load a 6.5X55 hotter, and probably match the 260.          --Ed
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They are ballistic twins.  What one will do, the other will do, but the .260 does it in a short action, if that's important to you.  In factory loaded form, the .260 provides higher velocity.  The 6.5X55 has greater case capacity, so in handloaded form, you can achieve slightly higher velocities with it, though in the real world the difference isn't significant.  I happen to like short actions, largely for aesthetic reasons, but a short action rifle allows you to mount more compact scopes without extension rings and, all else being equal, provides a slightly shorter, lighter rifle.
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I was kind of wondering the same thing..... My local Scheels has a Tikka in 6.5X55.  I don't think I'll get it cause I don't do any reloading.  Maybe in the future, we'll see.
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In a modern action the 6.5X55 will go quite a bit over what is published in manuals. Also a very accurate cartidge. Will take a bullet range from 85g to 165g. It kills way out of proportion to its velocity and energy figures. Only advantage to the 260 is the short action. I don't know about the throat lenght in the 260, in the 6.5X55 most are long and will handle the heavy long bullets with ease. I have a Sako AV in 6.5X55 would not consider a 260.
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.........can I have your Sako 6.5X55?  I have an old snow tire that I will trade for it......Shocked
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 A shop near here has a Sako 75 finlight in 6.5 x 55 and a sako av in 260. There's about $300 difference in them, the finlight being more and the one i like. That's why i was wondering.
 I was also thinking about a tikka. I've seen one in 6.5 x55 but not 260.
 I didn't see where sako was going to chamber their new A7 in either one.
 What's that ol saying Champanyge taste and a beer pocketbook!
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Originally posted by OLRVRAT OLRVRAT wrote:

 A shop near here has a Sako 75 finlight in 6.5 x 55 and a sako av in 260. There's about $300 difference in them, the finlight being more and the one i like. That's why i was wondering.
 I was also thinking about a tikka. I've seen one in 6.5 x55 but not 260.
 I didn't see where sako was going to chamber their new A7 in either one.
 What's that ol saying Champanyge taste and a beer pocketbook!
 
You will be well-served with either, OLRVRAT.  I say buy the rifle you like better.  In the long run, the $300 difference will be basically meaningless if you buy the rifle you really prefer.  There isn't a meaningful difference between the two cartridges in real world performance on critters.  You will find much better availability in .260 factory ammo, but if you reload, this isn't a big deal.  The 6.5 Swede can be loaded to slightly higher velocity than the .260 because of greater case capacity, though this won't provide any real tangible benefits in the field.
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 Yes, it's been my experience that it's better to save and get what you want or you are never really happy!
 I'm gettin low on my tradin gun's, but i think i might have enough to make the deal. I've done a lot of tradin with this shop and they're pretty good to deal with.  Me and the Ol' Woman have an agreement where now the new guns are aquired by mostly tradin.
 Besides i just bought a new 204 couple weeks ago so there went most my stash!
 But i guess it's all part of the fun.
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Tell us about your .204 and maybe some pics please!
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