Which 6mm/243 for new build?
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I have a Savage 30-06 that I picked up, and want to make a small bore project out of it. My goals are to build an accurate gun that I can use for plinking, varmint/small game hunting, with an occaisional wt doe thrown in the mix.
I have a custom 7mm STW that I do the majority of my hunting with, so I would like something a little smaller and cheaper to shoot for fun. I want to use the 105-115 grain VLD bullets. I want to try and match the drop and wind drift of my STW as close as possible (180 Ber VLD at 2960fps) so I will always be prepared for hunting season. I was originally thinking about a 6mmBR, but it really lacks the velocity to be very good practice or to hunt with at extended ranges. Here are the cartridge options I know of:
243 win AI
6mm Rem AI
I am not sure I want to deal with fireforming if there is another case that is commercially available, or easily formed. I do not have the tools to trim necks, and don't know if I will need to do that with the 6-284 or the 6-06. I would like to be able to get decent reloading dies. I would like to get in the neighborhood of 1600-2000 rounds of barrel life. I would like it to be fairly easy/forgiving with load development. In addition I would really like to be able to order a saveage pre-fit barrel in what ever calibre I decide.
I am currently leaning towards the standard 243, or the 243 wssm, but the 6-06 would fit well as the gun is already an 06. I hope you guys can offer some advise and I do appreciate any help or ideas provided.