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Old March 6, 2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Light loading a .264 Mag

My buddy Jim brought up something interesting the other day. He runs a .264-06 for 1000 yard shooting and gets REALLY nice results with it. I'm interested in getting into precision shooting at some point and have a really nice .264 Winchester that I love and would love to shoot more if I could. I currently don't shoot it much at all because it's a pre-64 M70 family heirloom and I don't want to wear it out which I'm told running lots of ammo through would do in quick order, which makes me very sad. So I had a thought creep into my mind: could I run light loads in it, like say to .30-06 levels, which would give it a lot more normal useful life with the original barrel? Would this potentially yield good results and save me the expense of having to get a whole new rifle when I have one I'd rather use instead if I could?
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Old March 6, 2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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The man that taught me how to cast and reload (now deceased) had a pre-64 M70 in 264WM that his son-in-law used as a rice paddy rifle in "Nam. He glass bedded the action, installed a good trigger, and lapped the muzzle crown. He also shot a buck with it as I watched at about 120 yards with a 120 grain handload. The deer was DRT and the bullet blew a 6 inch hole in the off side, with bloodshot meat all the way back into the hindquarters.
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Old March 6, 2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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Standard velocity for a .260 (which uses the same bullet as a .264WM) with a 140grn bullet is about 2750fps. It is a very mild and pleasant shooting round. Standard velocity for that same bullet out of a .264WM is 3030fps. If you handloaded it down to about 2800 - 2900 fps, you would be out performing a .260 but yet be still pleasant to shoot and safer for your barrel.
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Old March 6, 2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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I've gotten the best accuracy and velocity with H-4831 in my 6.5-06, pushing 140 Hornadys. Think of medium burn powders like RL-15, 4064, or Varget to get the 2700-2800fps with moderate pressures.
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