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260 Remington


In 1997, Art Alpin, A-Square CEO, introduced and standardized this round through the SAAMI process. He named it the 6.5-08 A-Square. SAAMI saw fit to simply ignore this and officially named the new standardized SAAMI chambering elsewise. Evidently Alpin was not one of the good old boys.

Never mind that A-Square spent considerable money joining SAAMI, developing this round, designing and buying reamers, headspace gauges, and a proof-test barrel, along with paying the costs to develop SAAMI specifications, etc. For those of us who know this story from the inside, this will forever cast a dark shadow on the integrity of those involved with that decision.

The 260 Remington began life as a well-appreciated target cartridge used in NRA Highpower and other events. Many competitors still use it.



As a hunting round, when compared to the 243 Winchester, the 260 Remington offers significantly better big-game stopping power while still generating relatively modest recoil. As such, it is a better choice for hunters who want to go after elk but cannot handle the recoil of bigger rounds. It is a particularly good choice for chambering in ultra-light rifles where the owner is unusually sensitive to recoil.

Heritage of this case dates to the 1870s with the introduction of the 40-70 Ballard case.

The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
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