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Anybody loading for the 260 out there? Just ordered my barrel and will be throwing a rifle together right after christmas. Figure on starting with nosler and winchester 7mm-08 brass, got 4350, 4064, H414, RL15, RL19, and 380 for starters. Those 130 accubonds and 125 paritions will be the bullets of choice. Not looking for speed........but bughole accuracy is nice. Figure its time to build a short, fast handling woods rifle that will carry real easy. Gonna start with a 3.5x10 conquest I got but something light like a 2.5x8 or 3x9 scope would be better for weight and balance.

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im shooting the 130gr ab in my 6.5 rem mag and love em, talk to tahqua about the .260
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I haven't started reloading for the .260, yet. Mine came with almost 200 rounds of factory ammo. This attachment shows the accuracy potential of my light weight M7 Remington with the run of the mill 140 Rem Cor-Lokt. http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=8437&PN=1

I am going to use what I have on hand for my first loads, though. These are the same powders I use in my .308, 4064 and 4895. I will also use 140 grain bullets because I am a fan of high sectional density. More than likely I'll start with Sierras and then maybe Pyro's Accubonds.

We will have to follow up on this, Focus, and good luck.
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i wish my sister in law would let me do some test loads with her .260 but i would have to go buy a set of dies, which isnt a big deal, i too would use the 140's eventhough the ab's in 6.5mm come in a 130gr, the sierra gameking in the 140 would probably be my choice for that weight, and as tahqua said 4064 and 4895 powders has always done well in any .308 based case.
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I agree with Doug and Pyro on the powder.  I would try IMR4064 first.  4064 has always been my go-to powder in the .308 and 7-08, and I get such good results with 4064, once I settled on it, I've never seen the need to try anything else.
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Thanks for the info guys, I will probably go with the faster powders first because of the barrel length.....although usually what shoots best in the longer barrels also shoots best in the shorter ones. 4064 and RL15 were the clear winners in my 308 so they will probably be first. If the throat is deep enough to keep the 140's out of the case enough for powder capacity and if they fit the magazine without going over 2.9 I will try the 140 paritions. I'm sort of a nosler man so its pretty much gonna be one of their offerings if possible. I had such good accuracy with the accubonds that the 130's will have to get a workout to see what they will do in the gun. All my powders were pretty much bought as I worked up loads in the 22-250, 308, and 7mm-08 so I'm also pretty much a short action 308 family man. Decided on some redding dies today so its order a stock and all the parts will be happening. Later this winter if we don't have too much snow I'll try to get some loads worked up to share.

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I've been reloading .260 Rem. for a while.  My barrel is a fluted Broughton 24" 8.5 twist but can't remember the contour (a heavy barrel but tapered slightly toward the muzzle).  I've tried Varget, H4831sc, and H4350.  My rifle shoots the H4350 the best, followed by 4831sc. 
With regard to bullets, I have much better accuracy out of Hornady 129gr. & 140gr SSTs.  They easily outshot the 130gr AccuBonds.  Groups are almost as good as that of my 139gr. Lapua Scenar load from 100yds to 300yds.  I'd definitely give these bullets a try, especially if you're wanting to take game with this rifle.
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to me that seems like awful slow powder for that case, but thats just me.
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I know the 4831sc is the most accurate powder in the nosler book for 140's. I've had the 4350 suggested to me also, that was the most accurate powder in my 7mm-08 of all my brands tried. My barrel will be a Lothar Walther in 1 in 8 twist, only 20" long and a taper of .815 down to .630 at the muzzle. Sort of a medium heavy sporter you could say, short and somewhat stiff. I will try the hornadys but prefer a pretty good integrity bullet, I like the high shoulder shot that always contacts pretty heavy bone. Every rifle I build brings the hope that the paritions will shoot good by some fluke but so far they've been very disappointing. I wish there was an innerbond to try but so far nothing, although I do see a- frames in 140. Wish I wasn't so anti barnes..........just don't like them for some reason. Kevin Rayhill is going to build me a neat little 30oz. carbon fibre/fiberglass stock as soon as I come up with some more money. Always money.........

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my 6.5 rem mag really liked imr 4350 with the 130gr ab's
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Yea it was the best behind 140's in the 7mm-08, problem was you could only get about 45 grains in before the load started to really compress. I know optimum I should have started with a long action so the magazine length wouldn't become an issue, but a short was what I had setting there so I'll see if the 140's work. I'm sure if it will give good accuracy with the 130 accubonds that they will work well at 260 velocities and probably fit the magazine well also. I wouldn't be surprised if hornady comes out with an innerbond before too long to keep up with nosler in the 6.5 caliber. The innerbond is very similar in design and accuracy to the SST. Ceylonc posts over on a savage forum I haunt and likes to build accurate savages like myself.

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Originally posted by Focus Focus wrote:

Yea it was the best behind 140's in the 7mm-08, problem was you could only get about 45 grains in before the load started to really compress. I know optimum I should have started with a long action so the magazine length wouldn't become an issue, but a short was what I had setting there so I'll see if the 140's work. I'm sure if it will give good accuracy with the 130 accubonds that they will work well at 260 velocities and probably fit the magazine well also. I wouldn't be surprised if hornady comes out with an innerbond before too long to keep up with nosler in the 6.5 caliber. The innerbond is very similar in design and accuracy to the SST. Ceylonc posts over on a savage forum I haunt and likes to build accurate savages like myself.

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Great to see you over here Focus!  I need to get back over to the Savage forum.  I sold my Savages to fund some other rifles but the Savage bug has bitten me again...  Think about a new build off a long action Stevens 200.
 
With regard to this thread, I have also experienced spotty results in both 6.5 and .30 out of the Partitions.  They do fine on game but accuracy was about the same as similiar factory offerings.  Out of my rifles, I would not take a shot on a deer out past 200yds with a Partition. 
 
You mentioned that you like the "high shoulder" shot on deer (ie--brachial plexus nerve shot).  This is my preferred aimpoint as well, so long as the conditions are right & the animal is properly positioned.  This is one reason why I like the Hornady SSTs.  They're wicked accurate out of three of my rifles and do very well destroying the internals & bone structure of deer, hogs, etc.  I harvested a doe 2 weeks ago lasered @ 235yds using a 140gr SST (.260 Rem; load is 44gr H4350, 140gr SST, 210M primer, Rem. brass, loaded to magazine length) .  One shot placed high shoulder and she never took a step.  The back legs crumpled and she never even kicked.  Upon processing her, the wound channel was significant and bone was destroyed on both sides of the animal. Bottom line is the bullet performed as advertised.  You owe it to yourself to give them a try...
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Thanks ceylonc, I will check them out. Yes the scapula shot can be a drt shot almost every time. Had a string of six in a row that never moved a foot after shot. Take care and let me know how that long action build goes. I got a new 12FV short action in ss that should really mate up well to a Lothar Walther medium sporter taper, with a good stock I'm hoping for great accuracy and a short light carry gun for all weather use.

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Hi focus,
 
Please check your PM.  Got some questions about your build.  Sounds really sweet & along the lines of what I'm looking to do...
 
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Yeah we seem to be thinking pretty much alike huh?

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I've been loading for my Kimber .260 for about 3 years.  I used 125gr Partitions for a year or so with good results and acceptable accuracy.  I've been using 120gr Ballistic Tips since then with great results on 6 deer and 40-50 hogs up to 400lbs.  RL19 works best for me.; enough to give about 2950fps.  I bought some 130gr Scirocco's, and have used a few.  They shoot close enough to the BT's that I don't re-zero for hunting.  The BT's shoot the tightest groups.
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you guys ought to try the 130 gr accubonds i love em in my 6.5 rem mag
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My experience so far has been if the BT shoots well in a gun the AB will shoot practicially the same. They are quite similar in design, an accubond is like a BT but bonded.

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thats correct im a little leary of the bt's with my first bad experience with them i shyed away from them, eventhough they shot very accurately they are hell on meat if you hit bone
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