Anyone hunt with this cartridge? What game can this be reasonably used for? Are loads available or do you have to reload? My son wants to take up hunting and I'm not sure he's up to the 270 or a 308 yet.
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September 14, 2010, 05:35 PM
loads arent as plentiful as a .243 but are more so than say a .257 roberts. they will kill any deer sized game you can find. its actually a fantastic round with great terminal ballistics.
September 14, 2010, 07:03 PM
Fantastic round. I loaded 120 Speers at around 2800 fps. Absolutely dynomite on whitetails. I had it in a Ruger compact with a 16" barrel. Now I'm looking for a Hawkeye to run some 100 gr Noslers thru. You can push them up to 3350. Plus the recoil is mild.
The 100 grain Nosler Partition would make a nice round for longer shots like pronghorn. A Ballistic tip would be nasty on varmints. The 120 and 140 are deer killers par excellant and the 160 should work on black timber elk or even moose. (They use alot of 6.5s in Europe). The only problem that you might encounter with the 160 is the thoat depth of your chamber. You might have to seat the bullet pretty deep taking up powder space.
Factory ammo is widely available and runs from about $30 on up.
September 15, 2010, 11:03 AM
Great for deer, pigs or similar game. It wouldn't be my first choice for elk, but if I had to I'd use a 140 grain Trophy Bonded and go hunting.
September 15, 2010, 12:17 PM
Pretty handy little bugger the .260 is. A bit on the light side for elk but with the right 140 gr bullet I'd take it elk hunting without to many worries. In fact none you just need to watch your shot and keep your range realistic.
I had a guy at the range tell me that his .260 has the same "ballistics" as a .300 Wm at long range so it should make a fine elk cartridge. NO it has the same trajectory at longer range but it ain't no .300 WM when it hits something. BIG difference.
Now I don't condone or recommend this but here is an example of the effectiveness of the 6.5MM with the right bullet at long range on an elk. The guy was shooting a 6.5x284 with a 140gr Berger VLD hunting bullet. One shot kill on a huge bull at 925 yards! Slide the timer to 13 minutes and watch.