Does anyone make a factory heavy barrel .260?


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Quintin Likely
November 28, 2004, 12:45 AM
For some reason or another, the .260 has me fascinated. Mild recoil, wide selection of high BC bullets, and it's something different. But the problem is, outside of a 40X from Remington's Custom Shop, I haven't seen anyone that offers a .260 in something other than a sporter weight barrelled rifle. Truthfully, I'd like one as a prone/LR rifle. For the time being, if I could start off with a heavy barrelled, fast twist rifle, that'd be less work I'd have to do to get shooting. Maybe another stock with a handrail and hand stop and an adjustible buttplate, Weaver base for a rear sight, turn the front barrel down for a sight band, add sights and irises and off we go. Long term, I'd like to get one built, but in the meantime, anyone out there make one of these?

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esldude
November 28, 2004, 03:03 AM
http://www.kimberamerica.com/84m.php

Kimber at least does with the heavy barrel. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Quintin Likely
November 28, 2004, 09:26 AM
Hm, even if it won't make my prone rifle right now, that Kimber does look mighty nice. I think I'll have to do some checking in on that. Maybe McMillian or someone can fix up a stock that'll fit their action.

Thanks! :)

Jonathan
November 28, 2004, 06:30 PM
Savage + home-installed aftermarket barrel

Quintin Likely
November 28, 2004, 07:42 PM
Hm, now that I didn't think of. I've already got a Savage 10FP sitting in the case, albeit in .223. What's all involved in switch barrelling a Savage? I've read a lot that it's somewhat easier than a Remington or Winchester because the way the barrel screws onto the receiver, but that's about it. Do I need to start off with a rifle that has a .308 bolt face, or can I use my .223?

Edit: Duh, use the search function, stupid. Savage Shooters (http://www.savageshooters.com/Articles/BarrelSwap.html)

tex_n_cal
November 28, 2004, 09:54 PM
Cooper Arms might, they do a lot of wildcats and unusual calibers in all their rifles. The Model 22 single shot takes all the .308 class cartridges, and Coopers are known to be wickedly accurate.

glazer1972
November 28, 2004, 10:05 PM
You can get a .308 Bolt Face for the Savage you already have.

Quintin Likely
November 28, 2004, 10:35 PM
The Coopers are gorgeous rifles, but I heard you have to wait like a billion years (okay, not quite that long, but last I heard the waiting list was months deep) to get one, assuming a dealer doesn't have what you want on their shelf.

I saw Midway has a bunch of different Savage bolts, and reading around, I think I hit another stumbling block: Short or long action? Maybe it was with the 6.5x55, I don't remember, but there was something I read about a standard short action not allowing enough room to remove live rounds, the bolt has to be removed.

Jonathan
November 29, 2004, 12:13 AM
Yes, 6.5x55 is probably the most common round that falls in between the short and long action.

If I remember correctly, the Win70 is one of the few actions that will work with the swede in the short action version.

.260 will work great in any short action.

ocabj
November 29, 2004, 01:00 AM
Here's mine built on a Savage 10FP, originally a 308:

http://ocabj.ucr.edu/ocabj.net/photos/firearms_personal/savage260_project/260build21t.jpg (http://ocabj.ucr.edu/ocabj.net/photos/firearms_personal/savage260_project/260build21.jpg)

More info: http://www.ocabj.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=197

As far as using a .223 to turn into a .260, it will work. You will need a .308 bolt face, a .260 barrel (obviously), and most likely the magazine well and magazine follower for a .308. You'll want to look into the blind magazine parts, but I'm pretty sure that the .223 uses a shorter mag well and follower than a .308.

If you want to go 6.5x55 Swede or AI, you'll definitely need a long action. The 6.5x55 is going to be my next Savage based project.

esheato
November 29, 2004, 01:53 AM
The Coopers are gorgeous rifles, but I heard you have to wait like a billion years (okay, not quite that long, but last I heard the waiting list was months deep) to get one, assuming a dealer doesn't have what you want on their shelf.

Nine looooong months.

Ed

Quintin Likely
November 29, 2004, 06:54 PM
ocabj, awesome stuff, looks like it shouldn't be too hard. The .308 head space guages worked alright? I read something about setting the headspace with a piece of paper stuffed in the bolt face on Savageshooters.com, but that seemed kinda iffy to me. I think I'll buy the headspace guages and not worry about it.

Stay tuned. :)

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