I will post when it gets here and I have it set up, but the Custom Ruger M77 Mk II in 260 Rem with a 1-9 twist Shilen octagon shaped barrel, glass bedded in a wooden stock (It use to be a compact but a longer barrel was needed while having a light and ridged barrel, hence the octagon barrel) and will be in next week. I will be putting a new VX-II 2-7x33mm on it.
This will be a light carry rifle for the mountains for coues deer and black bear as well as deer and hogs down south. This will be my spot and stalk rifle for small to medium game.
A friend has helped me research powder and charges. I owned a 260 Rem when it was first put out by Ruger. I did some reloading for it and will be try some different bullets. I will be using MRP, H4350, H414 and 760 along with a few other powders and will be able to drive a 130gr bullet at 2967fps or there about.
I also learned with my first 260 Rem, that the BC with the .264 bullet is so great and velocities are not magnum velocities with the 260 that I need a bullet that will open up quick. I hunted with the Scirocco which is a tough bullet and at 60yds it past through the deer and hit a pine tree 2 feet behind the deer and it took off and we never found that deer and there was no blood. So I need a more frangible bullet because the .264 bullet will really penetrate deep. The BT, SST, SMK and the VLD like below
Berger Hunting Bullets 264 Caliber, 6.5mm (264 Diameter) 130 Grain VLD Hollow Point Boat Tail Box of 100 BC 552
I will post pictures when it is all set up and also future load work.