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Do you reload? What is your current barrel twist rate? As DoyleAlley said, is the barrel shot out? What are you wanting to hunt?



If you reload, stay with that 260. If you need to re-barrel, go to a 1:8 twist if you don't already have that. You will be able to stabilize 140 grain bullets. There's not a whitetail on earth that you need more than that to kill. A 140gn Hornady SST over 43.5gn of Rel19 is death incarnate to deer and hogs out of my 260.



While you can assuredly shoot larger with a 308, you don't need it unless you plan to hunt large game like elk.



A 6.5mm bullet, weight for weight, is ballistically superior to a 308 bullet.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I have no doubt the 260 is the bomb on Whitetails. If you have followed me very long you know that I own five rifles in that caliber. My current (three) Model Sevens will not shoot the 140 grain pills. And while I like the 120 grain Barnes TTSX my middle grandson wants something different. I personally have killed a dump truck full of Whitetails with the Model 7. Had not thought about re-barreling to the 1:8 twist. So now it is change twist, 7-08 or 308!?
You wouldn't regret the 1:8 twist. My Tikka puts the 140SST's sub 1/2moa. Now, if the grandson wants something different, why not go more interesting than a .308? That's about as mundane as you can get, other than a 223rem.

Maybe a 257 Roberts... I realize that's going smaller instead of bigger, but it'd be way more interesting than a .308 would be. I believe, if I'm not mistaken, that a 257 Roberts will work with a 308 family bolt.
 
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