February 23, 2010
Shoot Me Down: The .260 Rem. Is The Best All-Around Whitetail Cartridge
By Dave Hurteau
First, “Shoot Me Down” is a new feature on this blog, so let me explain how it’ll work. I’ll post an opinion and an argument to back it up. And you, in the comments section, can either stand with me or shoot me down.
The person who offers the best argument for or against will be invited to do my job for me—I mean, to post the next “Shoot Me Down” opinion as a special (that means unpaid) guest blogger.
So here we go:
The .260 Remington Is The Best All-Around Whitetail Cartridge
A .308 necked down to .264, the .260 Remington is a light-kicking, flat-shooting, short-action cartridge whose high ballistic coefficients and sectional density make it very accurate and plenty deadly way downrange. (Snipers consider it an excellent “midrange” round, meaning out to 1,000 meters.)
Sighted in about 3 inches high at 125 yards, the 120-grain factory load has point-blank accuracy (a drop of 3 inches or less) to almost 300 yards, the 140-grain load to 275. If you handload, you can do much better still. Handloaders can also get a 160-grain bullet that makes a very fine big-woods round in a handy rifle.
Because it’s so light-kicking, the .260 is highly touted for young hunters and women--but also for the “recoil sensitive.” Well, that’s just about everybody else. “Recoil doesn’t bother me,” say the tough guys, and that’s fine. But just about everybody shoots better with less of it.
The .270 is the perennial front-runner in this argument, but there’s very little you can do to a deer at typical hunting ranges with a .270 that you can’t do with the .260 with less kick, and from a handier, short-action rifle.
Okay, go ahead. Stand with me. Or shoot me down. - Dave Hurteau