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#3096805 - 12/26/12 08:35 PM .260 vs 6.5x55
FallRutSpringStrut
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My next gun will be in one of these two calibers but I just can't decide which one. Give me your thought about the two calibers.
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#3096842 - 12/26/12 08:57 PM Re: .260 vs 6.5x55 [Re: FallRutSpringStrut]
Mausermeister
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6.5x55 if you handload.
.260 if you don't.
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#3096846 - 12/26/12 08:59 PM Re: .260 vs 6.5x55 [Re: Mausermeister]
FallRutSpringStrut
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I hand load and you can find tons of stuff for the 6.5x55.
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#3096865 - 12/26/12 09:07 PM Re: .260 vs 6.5x55 [Re: FallRutSpringStrut]
Mausermeister
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If you handload, the 6.5x55 has more case capacity. Also a factory rifle in .260 will almost always be a short action. The heavier 6.5mm bullets have to be seated really deep to cycle in a short action. You lose even more case capacity and get into pressure issues.

If you don't handload, the .260 is the better choice. Nobody sells a high pressure 6.5x55 for fear of liability if someone shoots it in an old small ring mauser and has a case failure or pierced primer.


Edited by Mausermeister (12/26/12 09:09 PM)
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#3096874 - 12/26/12 09:11 PM Re: .260 vs 6.5x55 [Re: Mausermeister]
KPH
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I don't know about the 6.5x55 but the 260 is great and I reload
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#3096975 - 12/26/12 11:00 PM Re: .260 vs 6.5x55 [Re: KPH]
redblood
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.260- same performance in a short action
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