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I've currently got a Remington Model 7 SS in .308 w/20" barrel.

I've been considering swapping the .308 barrel for a 22" .260 Remington.

The .308 heats up very quickly, and starts to string after just a few rounds. Plus, with anything hot, it kicks like a mule.

I've got a Savage 10FP in .308 for target shooting, and have been considering adding a 25-06 or .260 for mule deer hunting.

So, should I rebarrel my Model 7 or sell it and buy a smaller bore gun?

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Not really sure. The only thing I can think of is the barrel OD will be the same for the .308 and .260. With the smaller hole of the .260, there should be more material, and thus less heat related issues.

Sounds good to me, don't really know if it's true or not.

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I used to have a M-7 in 243 and it would shoot .5" to .75" three shot groups, but if I shot 5 shot groups the last two shots were out. This is because of the light barrel contour. I sold the 243 and bought the 260 and it shoots just as good, and is fast becoming my favorite rifle. If you already have a 308 go for the 260 its a super deer round, and you get a great bullet selection.
 

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I have both the .308 and .260. Both are great rounds, but there is something special about the .260. :wink: Rather than rebarreling, I'd just get another rifle in .260. :D

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Zachary,

After further review, I believe that is exactly what I will do.

Now, should I get a .260 or 25-06?

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I'm not sure of the terrain your hunting, but i'll say that the 25-06 is a seemingly under rated cartridge for deer sized animals. Makes a great beanfield round, but under normal hunting conditions, with a max of 300 yard shot, both should perform to your likings. The 25-06 will shoot a little flatter though, with a more recoil. It might just come down to, do you want a short or long action. And I prefer short actions for deer. Not to mention, the .260 is kinda cool. :wink:
 

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MinnesotaJoel you scared me there for a second, when I first read your post I thought you were saying the .25-06 was underpowered for deer. I reread and now I see, you're right on the money
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