Originally Posted by jpattersonnh
Not attempting to pick a fight, just a question that no others on other forums can answer. I hear recommendations on the .260. It is a .308 case necked down to 6.5. The 6.5x55se has a slightly higher MV and can shoot heavier bullets with perform better at distance. The 155 comes to mind. The 6.5x55 M41b was known as the last of the 800 yard snipers. So how can a cartridge w/ less power out perform it? In my Commercial small ring '98 I'm getting 2800fps. Now I'll admit the 6.5x55 and 6.5x55SE are loaded differently, I've never seen either as a 1000 yard cartridge.
The rifle, scope would far exceed the OP's 300.00 budget also.
Don't know exactly what the 6.5X51 (260 Rem.) offers thats better than the 6.5X55se and 6.5X55 or if the 260 is even as good. Definately should have a bit less impact energy but we dont need too much of that for paper or steel targets. I havn't researched the 6.5X55. I've seen many 260's where I shoot do extremely well at 1000 yards with the 139 and 123 grain bullets. More so with the 139 grain scenars. I keep track of the competetors in the club and their standings through the year and have seen many 260's over the last two years kick ass in scoring points at 1000 yards. Regardless of shooter skill level the 260 shows by point statistics with this club to be a good caliber for 1000 yards. Alot of folks in this club have rebarreled to 260 from their 308's in the last couple of years as well.
I'll start the journey of finding out the real deal with the 260 cartridge starting the end of April as thats when my new 260 build should be done.
Didn't consider at an overall price including scope. Oooops!!
Your right though, a good scope to compete with new by itself would blow his budget clear out of the water.
Still think a Remington 700 in 308 is a good choice though and mostly because more aftermarket parts are made for it than any other bolt action rifle out there and the aftermarket parts for them are less $$$. I also consider it a rifle that can be upgraded over time as one can afford or save for the mods.