Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


3 custom rifles what calibers?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 04-05-2010, 08:27 AM
Gold Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Goshen, IN
Posts: 846
3 custom rifles what calibers?

Ok I might not need 3 maybe just 2. Ok in reality I don't need any. In this declining economy I was able to sell my house and make a profit. I have always wanted a couple custom rifles. Well I have a couple but not up to the quality I would like I want full custom rifles. I am currently building a semi custom 338 something right now. But I don't count that in to the ones I want. I will keep that rifle and will let a couple friends borrow for hunting if needed. But the ones I want to build will be my babies. And my Son's who will be 4 in June. I have several rifles in diffrent calibers from .223 to 8mm mag. Reason I was thinking 3 rifles is one for varmint, one for med size, and a big bore for whatever. Might be able to use same rifle for varmint/med size game. As I kill yotes to kill yotes not for there fur. Well mainly kill them to help deer population out. Chucks I just turn into chunks. I hope to do alot more western hunting in the future, So Mulies, antelope, whitetail. Don't think I will ever cough up the cash to hunt any mountain goats or rams. Maybe some african exotics in TX. And while in TX may as well blast some hogs. I also plan to hunt moose,bear(black and grizzly),elk, caribou. Don't want any extream wildcat cartriges. Now I am really unfamilliar with any of the allen mags. But I thought I read that his 338 AM pushes 300 grain pills at 3200-3300 FPS? That would be ok with me for the big bore. I guess for the midle caliber I really have no preference, other than something with a good BC bullet selection, that shoots pretty flat. I would like to keep the cost of each rifle in the $3000-3500 range before scope. So I guess I just would like to get by with 2 rifles. Sugestions? Smiths?
Reply With Quote

Unread 04-05-2010, 08:56 AM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Townsend, Montana.
Posts: 8,652
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

6mm BR with a 1 in 8 twist and shoot 87 gr V-Max's and 107 SMK's

300 Win with 1 in 10 twist for 210 Bergers

.338 Lapua with 1 in 10 fr 300 SMK's.

I will complete my set today when I pick up the 300 win. The 300 is a lighter rifle that will be used in most cases for up to Elk at 1000. The 6mm br is my varmint / yote rifle. I have already taken gophers to 400 and a facing yote at 653. I and my wife will use this rifle on antelope to 700 yards too.

The .338 Lapua is 17 lbs. a thrill to shoot an has taken everything I shot it at with one shot kills. This includes a WT deer at 1137 and a Bull Elk at 1130.

The only other thing I might do is to sell off my 22-250 for a target barreled AR in .223 This will be for calling yotes and fast shooting of Prairie dogs.

I feel for me these rifle will serve me well, last a long time and be easy on brass.

Reply With Quote
Unread 04-05-2010, 11:12 AM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,132
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

Congrats on selling your house! Thats pretty exciting.
As far as what calibers, I would go with a 6mm of some sort. I personally like the .243win for decent barrel life and good performance. A 7mm (probably 7mmRem/280) becuase of good bullet selction and great ballistics and the perfect size for deer. The .243 will be a great starter rifle for your son, and eventually he can graduate to the 7mm. And then to top the list a .338; RUM, EDGE, LAPUA. The list stops there becuase I feel like most bigger cartriges are too hard on barrels. 8mm Rem are cool too, but a definate lack of bullet selection.
Reply With Quote
Unread 04-05-2010, 11:26 AM
Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 449
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

.243 win.

.300 wsm.

.338 Allen mag

I think that those 3 would do the trick.
Reply With Quote
Unread 04-05-2010, 12:30 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,155
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

6.5 something (6.5x284, 6.5x47, 6.5x55 swede, 264 Win Mag, 260 Rem) for the light to medium caliber. For the big bore, 338 RUM, 338 Edge, 338 Lapua. If you want to go bigger then you look into the 338AM, 330 Baer, 338 Norma Mag, and 338-378 Weatherby. Those would be my picks. The 6.5's give you great bullet selection with excellent BC's. Can be loaded light for short varmint or loaded heavy for lopes, whitetail etc. to 800+ yards. Those are my selections.

I do have a soft spot for 30's, so a big 30 of some type may be in order.

Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. [14] But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

If you find your self in a fair fight, your tactics suck!- Marine 1st Sergeant Jim Ryfinger

Friends don't let friends develop canonitis!-chucknbach

arguing over the internet is like the special Olympics....even if you win, you are still...special!
Reply With Quote
Unread 04-05-2010, 12:39 PM
Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: western Oregon
Posts: 120
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

If you don't want a screamer .22 like the .220 swift or 22-250 then,
6mm Rem or 6mm-284
.338WM or RUM or AM or .338-06 for brushier hunts.
Reply With Quote
Unread 04-05-2010, 01:24 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: GEORGIA
Posts: 1,238
Re: 3 custom rifles what calibers?

How accurate do you want your new rifles to be?

Why don't you do something similar to what I did and get a rifle that should shoot in the .1s & .2"s for less than $1,500.00 and looks great also.

Mine shoots like this and better. .084" for 5 shots at 100 yds. and in the low .3S at 200 yds.

Read what and who built mine and how much it cost:

My new long range popgun. - Georgia Outdoor News Forum



Last edited by joseph; 04-05-2010 at 11:53 PM.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads for: 3 custom rifles what calibers?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The U.S. army is switching calibers for its sniper rifles. 94Winchester General Discussion 6 10-09-2010 11:56 AM
2 Rifles, 2 Calibers, 2 Bergers, 2 shots, 2 dead deer sniperjwt Long Range Hunting & Shooting 5 01-08-2010 11:09 PM
FS: Custom Rifles Mntngoat Guns For Sale 0 11-28-2007 06:19 PM
Custom Rifles Murph Gunsmithing 8 07-01-2007 01:53 AM
FS: Custom and Semi-Custom rifles verrocchio100 Guns For Sale 0 09-25-2003 09:32 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 PM.

All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC