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Old 03-30-2008, 08:47 PM
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Help me pick a caliber!

I have a short rem 700 in 243 win and the barrel is toast and want to rebarrel it very soon what caliber would you guys build? I want it to be a repeater.Will be a long range rifle for varmints/deer/antelope. I favor the ackley line of cartridges and other wildcats and I have a 280 ackley being built right now

Here's the calibers I already have
223---cooper 21
6mm-06------custom rem 700 28" hart barrel w/brake
300 win mag---custom rem 700 shilen barrel w/brake
270 win----custom rem 700 shilen barrel w/brake
22-243 ackley----custom howa action 30" hart barrel w/brake
338-06 ackley---custom mauser shilen 28" barrel w/brake
222 rem---savage
243 win--remington 700
308 win--custom model 70 action w/brake
260 rem---custom xp-100
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:02 PM
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How about the 260 AI or the 6.5-284? I don't know if the mag is long enough to shoot the 6.5-284 without deep seating the bullets and the feed rails might need to be opened a bit but in any case the 260 AI would be close behind. There are some pretty impressive 6.5 mm bullets out there such as the .600+ BC 130 gr and 140 gr VLD bullets by Berger not to mention the 142 gr Sierra match king.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:34 AM
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The 243 ackley would definately be suitable for deer/antelope sized game. I dont believe you could use it as a repeater with the long 107's and 115's, but the 87 gr VMax would be a great option.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:11 AM
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The 25\06 or one of the 257's would be a good addition and make a great antelope or deer gun.
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:22 PM
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You have a great selection.... go with a 6.5-284....243 AI .... or 6 br
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:45 PM
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:28 PM
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Looks like you don,t have a 7mm and the 7/08 or the 7/08x40
would work with out any changes in the action or the bolt face
and just a rebarrel.

Both rounds are capable of 1000yrd shooting and 6 to 700yrds on
big game, and are extremely accurate.

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