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Old 12-18-2012, 04:13 PM
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A Middle Weight Contender

I have had an idea rolling around in my head for the last year or so. I would like to put together a middle weight rifle for medium ranges on up to deer sized game. I have rifles in most caliber offerings. Most are heavy hitters for caliber. For example, 7 mm Rem Mag, 25/06, 300 win Mag, 300 RUM. The idea has been for a low recoiling economical round to shoot but still very much able to play at mid range distances. Ranges somewhere around 600 - 900 yards on steel. I would like to be able to shoot deer out to 700 yards or so. I have a few calibers that i keep returning to but would like to hear what you have to say. There are no right or wrong answers here other than to say that whatever caliber I choose will need to have decent barrel life. I would like to build the rifle to have a 24-26 inch barrel in a #4 or 5 contour that is fluted.

Here are a few of the calibers that I have been thinking about.

6mm Rem
6mm Rem Imp
260 Rem
260 Rem Imp
7mm-08
7mm-08 Imp
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:26 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

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I have had an idea rolling around in my head for the last year or so. I would like to put together a middle weight rifle for medium ranges on up to deer sized game. I have rifles in most caliber offerings. Most are heavy hitters for caliber. For example, 7 mm Rem Mag, 25/06, 300 win Mag, 300 RUM. The idea has been for a low recoiling economical round to shoot but still very much able to play at mid range distances. Ranges somewhere around 600 - 900 yards on steel. I would like to be able to shoot deer out to 700 yards or so. I have a few calibers that i keep returning to but would like to hear what you have to say. There are no right or wrong answers here other than to say that whatever caliber I choose will need to have decent barrel life. I would like to build the rifle to have a 24-26 inch barrel in a #4 or 5 contour that is fluted.

Here are a few of the calibers that I have been thinking about.

6mm Rem
6mm Rem Imp
260 Rem
260 Rem Imp
7mm-08
7mm-08 Imp


7mm-08
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:32 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

Why the 7mm-08? Is there something about it that you prefer? What bullet would you choose to go along with it?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:35 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I am a huge fan of the .260 remington, but I dont think the 7-08 is any better or worse. You will probably find more factory ammo for a 7mm-08 but both allow you to shoot a 140gr bullet (except the 7 lets you go a bit bigger if you choose) but either of those should be enough for your needs.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:16 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I have a 7mm-08, and it's a great cal and capable for what you want. The 260 can push 140gr bullets with a G7 BC of 0.3+ about 100fps faster than the 7mm-08 can push 7mm with G7 BC of 0.3+ But the 7mm has a broader bullet selection. Already having a 7mm-08 I would go with a 260. For deer and gongs I'm not seeing any real advantage of one over the other though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:10 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I would suspect that the 260 will have slightly less recoil. Factory availability of ammo is a non issue since this rifle would never likely see any. The 260 does have Papua brass available though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:22 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I have 2 builds in progress now and when they're done and the gun fund has replenished to a usable level my next one is going to be a "walk around" varmiter in 6mm Rem Improved. There's a possibility it could see some use on pronghorns too but the .25-06 AI that's soon to arrive will probably be king of the hill for them at this household.
I can't give any logical reason for you to chose the 6mm but the ballistics are awesome and all the shooters I know who built or bought a .243 sooner or later say they should have gone 6mm rem. good luck in you're search....
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