Remington's Secret .260 Caliber Deer Slayer
By Ron Spomer
The .308 Winchester is one of the most popular mild shooting cartridges sold these days, but for shooters seeking a deadly deer rifle with flatter trajectory and almost no recoil, I think Remington has a better option.
Meet the .260 Remington.
Never heard of it? You're not the only one. But keep reading and you'll be one of the new converts to this remarkably efficient little round.
The .260 Remington has been on the streets since 1997 when it was officially released as a commercial round. Prior to that, various wildcatters had built it by simply necking the .308 Winchester case down to hold a .264, or 6.5mm, bullet. This is how a lot of new cartridges are made. Neck the .308 Win. down to .284 and you have the 7mm-08 Remington, a superb deer taker. Squeeze it to .243 caliber and you have the .243 Winchester, a cartridge many extol as ideal for young shooters and small-framed, recoil-sensitive shooters. And it is.
But the .260 Remington is better because it fires a much heavier bullet (140-grain vs. 100-grain). This really adds up at longer ranges. This ballistic chart compares the trajectory (bullet impact from line-of-sight) and remaining energy of the 140-grain Nosler Partition in the .260 Rem., the 150-grain Partition in the .308 Win., and the 100-grain Partition in the .243 Win., all using 24-inch barrels. All were zeroed at 250 yards, which is why they strike about 3 inches high at 100 yards.
Velocity (ft./sec.), 100 yds 300yds 400yds 500yds 600yds
.260 Rem. 2750 3/2,041 -4/1,529 -18/1,315 -40/1,126 -72/960
.308 Win. 2820 3/2,215 -4/1,534 -19/1,261 -43/1,029 -78/837
.243 Win. 2960 2.8/1,628 -3.9/1,132 -17/934 -38/764 -70/622