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A Middle Weight Contender

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:31 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

Sounds like a 284 Win is what you need, around 2000-2200 rounds of barrel life, low recoil (rom what i have heard), has lapua brass, is inherintly accurate, can push a 168 grain bullet to 2850 fps, plenty of steam for deer at 700 yards+. Cant go wrong.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

You could also look into the 6.5x47mm Lapua. I built one for my wife and it is pleasant to shoot and is a tack driver!!
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:41 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

Firecat,I have had the same thoughts as you and yesterday I bought a Savage LRH in 6.5x284.Looking forward to hunting the "Missouri Breaks' next year.Paid less than $700.00 for it and going to get a VortexViper 6-20x50 scope.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:08 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

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Firecat,I have had the same thoughts as you and yesterday I bought a Savage LRH in 6.5x284.Looking forward to hunting the "Missouri Breaks' next year.Paid less than $700.00 for it and going to get a VortexViper 6-20x50 scope.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:35 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I'm a 7-08 fan, stick a 162 in it an watch it shine. Also burned out a couple of 6.5-284's. tough choice I like em all

I would also throw in the 6.5x47L and with a quick neck down a 6x47L it is some of the toughest Lapua brass you will find. It can hadle some stout loads.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:16 AM
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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
Of those mentioned I'd go with the .260. If you are not just stuck on a short action I'd say .264wm or 7mm Mag are the two most ideal choices followed by the 300wm or 300WSM.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:39 PM
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Re: A Middle Weight Contender

I am not stuck on a Short action. In fact I have a remington 700 long action that has just come available. So this could change a few options. I hadn't considered the 284 winchester but seems viable enough. I also would consider the 264 win mag. does anyone have any experience with a 7mm-08 Improved? I still think that even the 260 with a 130 grain berger is a very hard to beat combination.
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