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Old 12-28-2008, 02:01 PM
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Well, he bought his .264 and mounted the biggest, meanest Leupold he could find at the time, and it worked. When the Eskimos (Inuit, to you politically correct out there) saw him whack fur seals at a quarter-mile with this wonder-gun, they just had to have it. He sold it to the first Eskimo that would pony up the pokey to cover what he paid for it.

Sounds like it worked just fine.My Brother and I have been shooting and reloading the 264 win mag since the mid 60's.Neither of us has found it to be more difficult to load than any other rifle cartridge.The only complaint in the early days was the lack of suitable hunting bullets.Most 264 bullets were designed for much lower velocities than the mag case is capable of.With the newer powders and bullets introduced since the late 50's these overbore cartridges are much more practical.I have several aquaintances that have used the 264 mag with great success for many years.I have used the 264 and 7 mag to shoot ground squierrels from prone in very dusty fields.The muzzle blast is very similar between the two.I used to lay a small tarp out in front of me to keep the dust down.My Ruger .264 WM is very pleasant to shoot and it has a 24 in barell.I'm sure if we only had one rifle caliber to shoot we could all do Very well with a 30/06,270 or any other mid power rifle cartridge.In my opinion this would make for a very boring life.I have a Remington 700, 7mm mag made in the first year that caliber was produced.It has one of the best trigger pulls I have ever used.My new Rem CDL 264 WM with the new trigger is terrible.Makes me wonder why they even changed it.My opinion, if you want a .264 buy it and don't worry about all the stories.If you are happy with a non magnum or like some other caliber you already have save your money.Happy Shootin
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:48 PM
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Well, someday I will have a 264, and a 7 mag and 375 H and H and a 458 winchester. In this game of being a gun addict, need has absolutely nothing to do with any of these firearms. I am not concerned with the expense of these rifles. now don't get me wrong I am not made of money, but these are the next rifles I will eventually like to have, and with these 4 my rifle buying days will be over.

For the record I have a 270 winchester and a 270 weatherby magnum, and I prefer the weatherby magnum, why because it just flys down fied in a hurry and hits game like it a dump truck. However it is getting really expensive to feed these days.


Hey 264 shooter, is your 264 a boat paddle stocked ruger? S/s or blued?
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:11 PM
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I am trying to convey to all of you out there too young to know otherwise, is to benefit from my "been there, done that" reflection.
Well, I am there and am doing that right now. I have had a 264 Winchester for going on 20 years now and do not now nor have I ever had any of the "problems" the 264 is supposedly plagged with. There is NOTHING wrong with the 264, if you want one then by all means get one.
I would only suggets that if you don't reload you may want to consider starting because 264 Win ammo can be hard to come by.
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I must like the 264 also as I have 4 of them two factory and two custom. It works very well for me and have not had a lot of the so called problems of the past. I like an 8 twist for 140 and 142gr bullets with a stiff charge of retumbo behind them. But build what you want because you will have to live with it. PS I see that ruger is chambering the hawkeye in 264 this year. Couldn't resist one so it followed me home.

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Old 12-29-2008, 08:46 AM
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Years and years ago, had a rancher friend in Wyoming that hunted exclusively with a 25-06. I had access to a gunshop in Indiana for wholesale pricing and the rancher decided in 1965 he would like to acquire a discontinued pre-64 M70 in .264 Win. Tagged onto a Westener, half dozen boxes of ammo and a Leupold 3x9 scope for him. The following season, presented him with the setup. He asked that I sight it in for him with the factory ammo as he was pretty busy at the time.

What a sweet shooting rifle!

He still has it as his primary hunting rifle to this day.
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Rugerfan,my Ruger has the boat paddle stock and blued action.It's one of those made about 7 years ago as a special run.It's one of the most pleasant shooting rifles I have.Recoil is milder than my Remington CDL 264 and the old Winchester Westerner,both with 26 in barrels.It shoots the 120 gr X-Bullet to 3340 fps and the 130 gr tsx to 3260 fps with a 24 in barrel.The 120 gr X-Bullets are moly coated and have accounted for 15 deer.It's extremely effective, making one shot kills, at ranges from 80 to 416 yards.Almost every one dropped in its tracks.My chrono is broken and I have not had a chance to chrono any loads through the 26 in CDL yet.I did shoot a group very close to 5 in. at 600 yards with the 140 gr Remington Corelokt Ultra Bonded bullet with a max load of US869 powder with the CDL.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:50 PM
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does anyone know what year they stop making the push feed on the model 70 .264 win mag?thks,Richard
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The 264WM deserved the bad rap it received 50 years ago. But with today's bullets in 6.5mm and slow powders like RL25, IMR7828, Retumbo, H1000, US869 etc... it has become a wonderful cartridge.

It's not so far from a 257 Weatherby, only less overbore, and bullets with better SD.

If the new Ruger had been a 1 in 8" twist 26" barrel they would've had something. I believe it's a 1 in 9" x 24". I don't know how well that will work out with 140 gnrs, 129's should work fine but they'll miss the extra length.

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Old 01-02-2009, 01:17 PM
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Gents,

Correct, it is a 1 in 9. No decline in performace for the 140s thus far. I don't want to go the US869 route, and am hovering with H1000 and some surplus WMR that I have several pounds in reserve.

Accuracy is still just over an inch with the 140s, I loaded some 100g Partitions that I have had for years, that seem interesting. Also, I've loaded some of the 130 Barnes, and 160 Horn's, just to see what they will do. Still in the honeymoon phase with this rifle, but it is interesting enough to hold my attention thus far.

One thing that deserves comment is that it didn't recoil as much as the 06 that I took along this week. Noticably lighter.

Once the barrel on my gun warms, poi will wander a shade. Since my Hawkeye in 358 does the same thing, this might be more a rifle and bedding issue than cartirdge specific.

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Yes. I have a Model 700-264 Win. Mag. I got it from my dad when he passed several years ago. The stock was broke beyond repair from a fall he took. I finley decided to get it fixed and start using it. I have run into a problem and I cant find a stock for it. If any one out there knows were I can find a new or used stock, please let me know.

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Have you tried Boyds Stocks or Richards Micro Fit Stocks.Most company's that offer semi finished or drop in stocks should have one for a Pre 64 Model 70.Siskguns.com has Pre 64 staocks.Just a matter of researching and I imagine there are more.
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Have a boat paddle SS 264 and one the new Hakeyes in blue and so far the SS one shoots better. Not quite up to the custom ones but better than some other brands that I have tried.
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Have a boat paddle SS 264 and one the new Hakeyes in blue and so far the SS one shoots better. Not quite up to the custom ones but better than some other brands that I have tried.
Want to get rid of that .264 Boat Paddle ?
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I didn't read this whole thread, but I've read far enough to see that I can add some to the discussion.

Between myself and my brother we have a .257 Weatherby Accumark, .264 special edition model 700, .300 RUM Sendero (you think you miss with this one because it shoots in one hole), and an Accumark .30-378.

First I can say that my .264 is my favorite gun that I can't carry hunting. It's too nice of a gun, but if you got the Sendero the finish wouldn't be much of a worry like my blue and my wood. I shot my first elk with that gun and it smoked him down, but the guide said, "keep shooting, keep shooting!" So, I reluctantly put another in and smoked him in the neck.

I don't like the factory ammo though. I use Superiorammo.com's ammo with barnes TSX. I know they're not the best bullet for match, but they're a pretty good all around bullet. My .264 kicks harder than any gun I own for some reason, but recoil has never bothered me like I see some people at the range.

On the same hunt I saw my brother smoke a 6x6 at 400 something yards with his .257 and it crashed like a bomber- superiorammo handloads as well.

In my family we have all these magnum and "super" magnums and the .257 and the .264 do the job on big game even though they're the lightweights in the flat-guns.

I know a lot of people don't like Weatherby, but Accurmarks are the jam. I like Sendero's better but you can't go wrong either way.

You can talk about sectional density and BC's and all sorts of stuff. IMHO if you're going to go the handload route buy a .264. It's a master in the wind. If you don't want to pay more than factory ammo, get something else, but it would be nice to have another .264-er out there so maybe someday we can get some good bullets on the market.
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I have a post-64 Model 70 264 with a composite thumbhole stock. I LOVE it!!! There are 3 Model 70 264's in my family; my uncle has the only pre-64. I wouldn't trade or sell mine for any reason, ever. Factory loads are getting nearly impossible to find, but for about $10 more per box, Nosler will custom load several different bullet offerings.
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I am a big fan of their 100gr ballistic tip for down range shooting (my range has a 600yd range). I love the Win Mags for their flat shooting abilities! I won't use the 264 on elk simply because I won't shoot an animal that size with anything under 180gr. That is why I bought my 300 Win Mag and fell in love with the Fail Safe ammo.
Anyway; I'm really happy to see so many folks discussing the 264! My hunting buddy also picked up a 264 about a year ago and has since been wanting to get rid of his 7mm.
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Hey guys I have a sendaro SF II in .264win mag and it is devastating to coyotes at 500 yds using a 95 gr V-Max with 73 gs of H4831 sc moving at 3700fps. I got it because reading balistics on diffrent calibers I thought that this rifle would be very universal
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Getting ever closer to building my 264 Win on a Savage 110 action. Was wanting input as to what barrel maker to use. I believe I will use Shilen. I know ER Shaw makes barrels but have a hard time understanding their website. I'm not seeing an option for a 26" barrel, nor do they seem to blue the barrel.
just call Shaw and talk to Chris tell him you want a varmit contour same as Savage and he will give you exact copy of a savage heavy varmit barrel. I have got 3 of their barrels and all of them were excellent shooters. price was $175.00 in the white and you can cold blue it just like I did it's easy.
the load I use is 100 grain ballistic tips and RL22 68.0 grains shoots 1/2 or better.

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I have a Browning Safari(Mauser) in 264 WM. The barrel is gone and it's been idle in the safe for a good 20+ years. You guys have me thinking about a rebarrel job. Suggestions on barrel lenght and twist? I intend to shoot 140 bullets only. Who would be a good gunsmith in Canada? I don't want to go through the trouble sending it to the US.
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HI! FIRST TIMER! JUST PUT THE 264 WM INTO MY SHOOTING ARENA BUT AM LIKE NOT HAVN ANY SUCH LUCK FINDN BRASS FOR THIS DUDE. CANT BELIEVE THAT HARD TO FIND! CAN ANYONE PUTme IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! THANKS A!
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HI! FIRST TIMER! JUST PUT THE 264 WM INTO MY SHOOTING ARENA BUT AM LIKE NOT HAVN ANY SUCH LUCK FINDN BRASS FOR THIS DUDE. CANT BELIEVE THAT HARD TO FIND! CAN ANYONE PUTme IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! THANKS A!
Midway will have some back in May 21st

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...ber=1390133314

The Nosler brass is available

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=277052


Keep an eye on random forums, and Gunbroker. I get a lot of once fired brass on Gunbroker.


But, now that I have said that. You can make .264 Win Mag cases out of 7mm Rem Mag or .338 Win Mag cases. They are all 3 identicle. You can even use 300 Win Mag brass if you want to trim it down when you are done.

With that said, the 7mm Rem Mag brass is available at Midway.

Winchester
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...ber=1390102177

Remington
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...ber=1601116115
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