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Does anyone on here hunt with a .264 winchester Magnum? Went to a gun shop on Saturday and there was a Pre-64 Model 70 in the rack in a .264 and it caught my attention. Did some research on it over the weekend and it looks like it is a good flat shooting cartridge for western hunting and never caught on and was drown out by the new 7MM at the time.
 

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I had a pre '64 70 in .264. It was a heck of a shooter. You have to be careful about the barrel being shot out. See if you can group it before buying.
 

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You bet I do and have for the last 30 years. I have a Model 70 .264 Win Mag. I have shot Deer and Antelope with it and as Winchester said it is the Ultimate Western Deer and Antelope Rifle
It shoots flat and the recoil is not abusive like larger caliber's.
My longest shot 500 plus yards on a Antelope that never took a step after the shot.
My Rifle Model 70 .264 Win Mag I had Cerkote Burnt Bronze, HS Precision stock, Leupold 4.5x14 40mm CDS with Custom shop MOA windage knob added, Leupold Dual Dovetail bases,
Burris Signature rings with 15 MOA added.
I load Nosler Brass Nosler 120gr BT with a Max load of IMR 4350 & at 300 yards it averages 2.44 inch groups Love the rifle.
 

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The .264 is a race horse! It uses long shank bullets that really drive the bullets deep. Look carefully at the throat in the rifle as it may be eroded. It is a really fun cartridge.
 

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Years ago I found some 85gr hollow points bullets for .264. Shot prairie dogs and fox with them. Incredible. Many Deer and Feral Hogs. A bit of a thumper!
Great round.
The latest is the Nosler 264. Don't know the parent case the round is based on, but it is even flatter than the Win mag.

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Loved the old Winchester Model 70's in 264 mag. Bought one in the early 60's and mounted a new B&L Balvar 8 on it. Used it for years on my annual trips out West. Never had to use more than one shot on Antelope, Mule Deer and Whitetails.....a real potent rifle. Used it on numerous Coyotes and Fox (kinda overkill though.) A buddy ultimately wanted to trade for his Remington 721 in 270 cal. which I reluctantly agreed to do. The 721 served me well as my primary Deer rifle but, in my opinion, didn't have the oomph of the 264 cal. that I was used to. Another hunting buddy borrowed the 270 and killed the biggest buck of his life so THAT rifle changed hands. Went through a series of Deer hunting rifles up to my current nostalgic nondescript sporterized Springfield 30-06 but none satisfied me like that old Model 70 264 Winchester Mag. It was a great gun for out West hunting.
 

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Back in the 80's I owned a right handed Model 70 in the .264 Win Mag cartridge. It was good medicine for East Texas whitetail using 100 grain Winchester factory ammo. I sold the rifle to my brother to finance the purchase of a left handed Weatherby Mark V.
 

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Shot my first elk in 1972 with a Winchester Model 70 in 264 mag never took another step. If you load it has some mighty good new bullets we didn't have back then. The 26 Nosler probably will kill the 264 if the 6.5 - 300 Weatherby doesn't

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I own a Ruger Tang safety an a Ruger Hawkeye in the 264 win mag both 24 inch barrels. The Hawkeye is my hunting gun 1:8 twist barrel runs the hornady 143 eld x bullets very well, topped with Nikon buckmaster 6-18X40. The gun will shoot a 5/8 with 3 shot groups at 100 yards not bad for a magnum gun. I killed my 1st deer with it this year at 396 yards.
 

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Great round and the pre 64 M70 is a great rifle. I don't know that the .264 burns barrels any faster than similar high vel magnums but it may be that the guys that had them liked them a lot and used them for all kinds of shooting including high volume jack rabbit and other varmints. I wore out a 7mm mag doing similar fun stuff and it didn't take that long. But worse case is you need to re barrel the gun, no problem its not a big expense. Buy the rifle and enjoy it.
 

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The 264 is an incredible cartridge. The generally long length bullets, requiring a relatively fast twist rate of 1 in 9, delivers devastation when the bullet engages tissue and starts the mushroom process. A good bullet will mushroom back about 2.5 times its original diameter. So you have a very jagged .660 diameter projectile, leaving the muzzle spinning at about 256,000 RPM delivering devastation on tissue that will amaze you.

Bullets retain their spin much better than retaining velocity. Velocity is required for penetration and bullet function (mushroom) but that incredible wound channel is created by spin. The .264 has lots of it.
 

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I have a model 700 , have put two different barrels on it.
i reload and found if you will keep the Nosler 100 gr bullet under 3600 FPS the barrels will last
A long time, ( current load is 3450 fps )I shoot prairie dogs up to mule deer with this load
long shot of 510 yards on a coyote , if you are fur hunting this is not the load to shoot.
have a custom heavy barrel stainless 27.5 " long on it now, not a fun gun to carry , but it is a tack driver
 

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Great round! I have a buddy that had a Jack Childers custom with a pre 64 action. They were extremely hard on barrels, make sure you take a close look at the throat of the barrel.
 
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