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Old 08-24-2011, 12:12 PM
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Help Building Rifle

Hello all. I've been browsing the forum for a couple of weeks, as I will be building a rifle off of a remington 700 action I have. Specifically, I'm looking to rebarrel a 270 win (rem700 action) to a 280 rem for the purpose of mid - long range whitetail/muley/elk hunting (i.e. 400 - 600 yards, with shots up to 800 yards under ideal conditions. I'm trying to keep the cost of the rig, excluding scope, rings, and bases to ~$1200, including gunsmith work, and the weight to ~10 lbs or less. This forum has the expertise that I lack, so any suggestions related to my proposed rifle build would be appreciated!

Barrel: Krieger 26" SS in either a #4 sporter or light palma contour. I do not want a fluted barrel. 1:9 Twist (140 - 168 gr bullet weights). Not sure if I want to go with 5r or convential 4 groove.
Action: Rem 700. Will have bolt face and lugs & receiver faces, lugs, and threads trued.
Stock: Greybull Precision Hunting Stock.
Trigger: Jewell

What are your thoughts on barrel length and contour, given that I would like to keep the total weight to ~10lbs or less? What about twist rate?

I'm also debating sending the action and stock to Krieger and have them do the chambering, truing, bedding, etc. Has anyone else had this done? Any problems?

Also thinking of having both glass and pillar bedding to the stock...Thoughts?

Thanks for any suggestions,
Gary
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:48 PM
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Hello all. I've been browsing the forum for a couple of weeks, as I will be building a rifle off of a remington 700 action I have. Specifically, I'm looking to rebarrel a 270 win (rem700 action) to a 280 rem for the purpose of mid - long range whitetail/muley/elk hunting (i.e. 400 - 600 yards, with shots up to 800 yards under ideal conditions. I'm trying to keep the cost of the rig, excluding scope, rings, and bases to ~$1200, including gunsmith work, and the weight to ~10 lbs or less. This forum has the expertise that I lack, so any suggestions related to my proposed rifle build would be appreciated!

Barrel: Krieger 26" SS in either a #4 sporter or light palma contour. I do not want a fluted barrel. 1:9 Twist (140 - 168 gr bullet weights). Not sure if I want to go with 5r or convential 4 groove.
Action: Rem 700. Will have bolt face and lugs & receiver faces, lugs, and threads trued.
Stock: Greybull Precision Hunting Stock.
Trigger: Jewell

What are your thoughts on barrel length and contour, given that I would like to keep the total weight to ~10lbs or less? What about twist rate?

I'm also debating sending the action and stock to Krieger and have them do the chambering, truing, bedding, etc. Has anyone else had this done? Any problems?

Also thinking of having both glass and pillar bedding to the stock...Thoughts?

Thanks for any suggestions,
Gary
Sounds like a pretty good start on a plan.

If you send your action to Kreiger and have them completely finish and mount the barrel, they will true your action while they are doing the rest and do it for less than any gun smith will do the total package.

I would suggest going with the Sendero Taper and go with a 28" finished length. At most the added weight vs what you're thinking is goign to be about 8 oz.

Typically for every inch of barrel length you'll gain about 50 fps, and for ranges beyond 600yds the extra couple of inches will certainly help with steadiness.

The GB precision stock isn't a bad way to go but I'd seriously suggest you get your hands on one and see how it fits and feels before buying one. They are very thick through the palm/grip area and that's not going to feel right for a lot of people.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:56 PM
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Re: Help Building Rifle

If you're thinking of a used stainless 26 incher in 280, there is one on Gunbroker. rifle parts.
Looks pretty affordable.

Otherwise Midway gunsmith catalog has a selection of new ones in many calibers and price ranges. Both in threaded and chambered, and raw blanks.

For my next build, I will spend more money on good glass and less on barrel.

Choices, choices.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:21 PM
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I would go with the 280 AI myself with no more than a 26 inch barrel.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:39 AM
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I would go with the 280 AI myself with no more than a 26 inch barrel.
Just curious but why no more than 26?
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:31 AM
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I've considered the AI and continue to do so. From what I have researched, it appears I would gain 50 - 125 FPS over the 280 rem, all else equal. My hesitation to the 280 AI is that 1) more expensive releoding supplies and 2) my relatively novice reloading experience.

I'd prefer to stay with a 24"-26" barrel for ease of carrying.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:36 AM
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I have a 280 and really like it. Replaced my old 270.
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