I am in the process of gathering together the mtls for a new medium to long range varmint rifle. It will be built on an older Rem 700 short action. I just recieved the stock from HS precision the other day. The bbl will be a lilja as I have had very good luck with their bbls on previous rifles.
My intent is for a heavier gun to cut recoil, so as to be able to see my hits through the glass.
I do not have experience with 6mm Rem. any of you guys shoot one? BBl length, contour? What kind of loads? I am inclined to shoot Sierra MK's as they serve me well in other target guns and in 22 cals are devastating on rockchucks and 'yotes. I am interested to hear what grain weight other 6mm guys use and why. I would prefer less than max loads so as to not accelerate wear more than neccassary. Accuracy is Number 1 with me over velocity.
...if your "intent" is to see the hits (or misses), you'd do well to consider a good muzzle brake... even some .22 cf's are pretty difficult to see the hits... of course, at longer ranges, it becomes easier to see the hits due to longer recovery time...hope this helps... good shooting
Idaho, I shoot a Rem 40X that first had a 27 1/2 inch 1 in 12 twist 6 Rem tube. Did a year of target and P-doggin and found it to be awesome, but it wouldn't handle anything heavier than an 85/87 grain bullet. Found that by shooting a 6.5/284 and using a ballistic calculator that the bigger heavier bullet is better because of the wind. That said I rebarreled the 6 rem to a 1 in 8 twist 6 rem to shoot the 105 Lapua and 107 Sierra's. What I found was that even in a decent wind, the 70/75 grain ballistic tip style bullets and their greater speed in actual use seem better to 650 yards or so. The big bullets also recoil more and seeing your impact's isn't very easy. Consider the above suggested muzzle break concept. While I shoot Hart's on my centerfires, I shoot a Lilja .22 LR on my 10/22 and find it totally awesome! Dan's tubes are amongst the very best. The 6 Rem is generally under rated by the shooting public, but not by real shooter's with experience who consider it to be the best 6mm cartridge. The bigger wildcats (6mm - 06, 6/284, 240 Weatherby) will burn out without really doing anything better or signifigantly faster! Enjoy your project.
I still shoot my 40x 1/12 twist with 80 gr bullets the factory test target had two 5 shot groups in the mid 2's the other one is a custom with a 1/14 twist for the 68 gr match bullets and for the 95/100gr bullets I have a 6mmremAI with 1/10 twist barrel. Seeing the hits may require a muzzle brake. It's an easy round to load for brass last forever velocity are pretty close to what the manuals publish and I also like 26" barrel lenght. Since I own more than one I don't have to worry about trying to get more than one bullet to shoot so I can match bullet to twist. One of the problem you may have is the magazine lenght and wanting to use it with some bullets. The factory round the bullets are seated fairly deep I'd sure make up some rounds and talk to the gunsmith who's putting your rifle together and look pretty hard at his reamer throat I know you can get some longer magazines from Brownells. If using as a single shot I wouldn't worry about it. Well good luck and keep us posted.
I love the 6mm Rem. It works great out to 600 yards but will perform to 1000. It is pretty snappy, especially loading 41.2 grains of Varget. That gives me 3386 fps utilzing an 80 grain Nosler ballistic tip, Spitzer. The barrel is a Shilen 1:8 twist and shoots Very, Very well; best group at 100 yards equals one small hole. To follow through I do have to hold on pretty tight; so the gun would benifit from a break. But I do not use one. It is my favorite varmint rifle.
I have a 6mm Rem AI, if you have ever read
any of my other post's I am not a huge fan of
remington brass but for some reason on the
6mm Rem brass it is awesome, on the lot I
have after 10 firing's the primer pocket is
still tight and show's no sign's of giving up
yet. it is better in every way than a 243win
and is less finiky than my 6-284,the neck is
so long you can touch the land's with 55's