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Remington: Model Seven Youth in .260 Rem

 

My wife has started deer hunting with me when it doesn't interfere with shopping, so I thought she deserved her own rifle instead of  trying to shoot one of my hand-me-downs with a stock that is too long for her  short arms.  We looked at a couple of options and decided on the Remington Model  Seven Youth rifle in caliber .260 Remington. It fits her very well, has plenty of power for Whitetails, but doesn't kick her too much.  We teamed the little rifle up with a Leupold VXIII 2.5x8 scope and handloads shooting Nosler  Partition 125 grain bullets at a muzzle velocity of about 2825 fps.

Remington's Model Seven Youth is the perfect size for young shooters and smaller-framed adults.  The stock is cut 1" shorter with a rubber butt pad and balances nicely with its  new 20" barrel.  The stock can be easily lengthened to full size with the addition of a standard 1" recoil pad.  It is chambered for the .223 Remington,  .243 Win., .260 Remington, and 7mm-08 Remington. It has an ugly walnut-toned  hardwood stock with flat finish that is shaped well,  flat blue carbon steel  barrel and action, 4 round magazine capacity (5 for 223 Rem), hinged floor  plate, furnished with removable iron sights (that quickly hit the junk bin on my loading bench), sling swivel studs, and is drilled & tapped for scope mounts.


Model Seven compared to the Remington Mountain Rifle

The Model Seven is built on a scaled down M700 action and  uses the excellent M700 adjustable trigger.  The rear of the receiver is shorter  which saves some weight and length.  I had to get the two actions together to  see the difference. Click  here for a closer look at the actions. The barrel is about the  same diameter as the Remington Mountain Rifle and skinny does not mean poor accuracy. Just like the Mountain Rifle, the Model Seven is very accurate.

On the first trip to the range to site in the Model Seven, I tried three loads with three different bullets, the Nosler Partition 125gn,  the Nosler Ballistic Tip 120 grain, and the Hornady V-max 95gn. Most of the initial zeroing was done with the Hornady V-max bullets and they were very accurate, turning in groups under an inch.  I found that the heavier bullets shot to almost the exact same point of aim as the 95 grain bullets, so no re-zeroing will have to be done for varmint shooing or target practice.  Click  here to see the 100 yard targets. More testing will have to be done to find the best accuracy loads, but these three loads are very satisfactory for hunting. Below is the ballistic data for the Nosler Partition 125 grain load.  Ballistic Coefficient is excellent at .449 making this load flat shooting and hard hitting. My next bullet to try is the Hornady 129 gain SST. Stay turned for hunting reports.

First Hunting Report

The first hunt turned out great.   I got set up on a hay field surrounded by woods just at daylight. I had seen a nice buck there during black powder season that was too far to shoot and I was hoping he would still be in the neighborhood.

First to appear was a little doe or button buck at the back of the field. It didn't feed long and walked back into the woods. A few minutes later, in the same area, I saw a deer walking through the trees at the edge of the field. I thought it was the same little doe until I glassed with my binoculars. WOW! Buck and a nice one! Just as I picked up the .260 he walked in behind some brush. I kept looking and thinking, "I wish I had my .308 instead of this pop gun".  Then I picked him up again.  He walked to the edge of the field and gave me a nice 165 yard quartering shot to front of his left shoulder. I put the crosshair at the point where his neck joined his shoulder and pulled the trigger.  A fraction after the shot I heard the WHACK of the bullet hit him and down he went in his tracks.  A very nice buck. 16" wide and 8" G-2 tines. Here's a photo of the rack. The load was the Nosler 125 Partition pushed by 41 grains of AA2520.  Velocity from the 20" barrel is 2825 fps.   The bullet did not exit.  I did not expect it to on this this diagonal shot. The bullet stopped in the off side ham of the buck.  So the Remington Model Seven in .260 is batting a thousand in 2003. More does to cull so we will get more reports later in the year.

I have really been impressed with the Hornady SST bullet this year in my 308 Winchester, so decided to try the Hornady 129 grain SST in the .260 Remington.  The load I developed pushed the 129 grain bullet to a muzzle velocity of about 2750 fps from the 20" barrel of the Model 7.  Groups were in the 1.5" range. I used this load to take a young doe at about 50 yards and the results were devastating. The bullet entered though the right rib cage and exited through the left shoulder. That doe looked like it had been hit with a 300 magnum.  The exit hole was 2" wide.  Needless to say, she only ran a few steps.

My next bullet for testing will be the 100 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip. It should exceed 3000 fps with the right powder and provide plenty of punch with a minimum of recoil.

125 Nosler Partition

Range

Velocity

Energy

Momentum

Drop

Windage

Lead

Time

(yards)

(ft/sec)

(ft-lbs)

(lbs-sec)

(inches)

(inches)

(inches)

(sec)

0

2832.1

2226.1

1.57

-1.5

-0.0

0.0

0.000

100

2624.4

1911.6

1.46

2.0

0.7

19.4

0.110

200

2426.6

1634.3

1.35

0.5

3.0

40.3

0.229

300

2238.5

1390.7

1.24

-7.0

7.0

62.9

0.358

400

2057.9

1175.4

1.14

-21.4

13.0

87.5

0.497

500

1886.2

987.4

1.05

-44.1

21.2

114.4

0.650

129 Hornady SST

Range

Velocity

Energy

Momentum

Drop

Windage

Lead

Time

(yards)

(ft/sec)

(ft-lbs)

(lbs-sec)

(inches)

(inches)

(inches)

(sec)

0

2756.4

2176.3

1.58

-1.5

-0.0

0.0

0.000

100

2567.2

1887.6

1.47

2.0

0.7

19.8

0.113

200

2386.3

1631.0

1.37

0.2

2.9

41.2

0.234

300

2213.5

1403.3

1.27

-7.7

6.7

64.2

0.365

400

2047.1

1200.3

1.17

-22.7

12.4

89.0

0.505

500

1888.3

1021.3

1.08

-46.0

20.1

115.8

0.658


120 Nosler BallisticTip

Range

Velocity

Energy

Momentum

Drop

Windage

Lead

Time

(yards)

(ft/sec)

(ft-lbs)

(lbs-sec)

(inches)

(inches)

(inches)

(sec)

0

2857.0

2174.8

1.52

-1.5

-0.0

0.0

0.000

100

2652.1

1874.1

1.41

2.0

0.7

19.2

0.109

200

2456.8

1608.2

1.31

0.4

2.9

39.9

0.227

300

2270.8

1373.9

1.21

-6.8

6.8

62.2

0.354

400

2092.5

1166.7

1.12

-20.9

12.6

86.4

0.491

500

1922.3

984.5

1.02

-42.9

20.4

112.8

0.641

260 Remington

Weight

Bullet

Charge

Powder

Velocity

Primer

Case

Gun

Remarks

Following Data from Remington Model Seven w/20" barrel

95

Hornady Vmax

41

AA2520

3050

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

1/2" groups

100

Nosler BT

43

IMR4320

3025

CCI200

Rem

Rem M7/20"

Max Load

100

Nosler BT

42

AA2520

2975

CCI200

Rem

Rem M7/20"

Max Load

120

Nosler BT

42

IMR4320

2850

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

 

120

Nosler BT

39

IMR4064

2600

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

Very Mild, Accurate

125

NOSPART

41

AA2520

2825

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

 

129

Hornady SST

40

AA2520

2750

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

 

129

Hornady SST

41.5

IMR4320

2800

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

Max Load, Good accuracy

129

Hornady SST

42

Reloader 19

2600

CCI250

Rem

Rem M7/20"

Accurate


Click here for 260 data using 24" barrel
 

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