The .260 Remington, also known as 6.5-08 A-Square, is a versatile and high-performing centerfire rifle cartridge developed in the late 1990s by Remington Arms Company. It is based on the .308 Winchester cartridge case, necked down to accommodate a 6.5mm (.264 inch) diameter bullet. This cartridge was designed to offer superior ballistic performance and long-range accuracy, while maintaining manageable recoil, making it popular among hunters, competitive shooters, and tactical professionals.
The .260 Remington typically features bullets weighing between 120 and 140 grains, with muzzle velocities ranging from 2,700 to 2,950 feet per second. Its high ballistic coefficient and sectional density provide excellent aerodynamics and penetration, respectively, contributing to its reputation for accuracy and effectiveness at extended ranges.
Hunters appreciate the .260 Remington’s ability to take down medium-sized game like deer, antelope, and sheep, as well as varmints and predators, while generating less recoil than comparable cartridges such as the .270 Winchester or 7mm-08 Remington. The cartridge’s long-range capabilities and mild recoil also make it a popular choice for target shooting and competition events, such as Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and F-Class matches.
In the tactical realm, the .260 Remington has gained recognition for its performance in sniper and designated marksman roles, offering an effective alternative to the .308 Winchester or 6.5 Creedmoor with the advantage of less recoil, flatter trajectory, and better wind resistance.
The .260 Remington is available in various factory-loaded offerings, as well as brass and bullets for handloaders seeking to fine-tune their ammunition for specific applications. Though not as widely popular as the 6.5 Creedmoor, the .260 Remington remains a strong contender for shooters seeking a versatile, accurate, and efficient cartridge for hunting, target shooting, and tactical applications.