Originally Posted by Good
I searched and searched the internet, but here's the story:
So a retired friend of mine and I are going to be building me a rifle from the current Rem 700 action I currently posess. He's built many, but this will be my first custom. I am waiting until Wildcat releases their 169.5g 6.5mm bullet again to start the actual build as that's what we're leaning towards.
The cartridge he has fallen in love with is the 6.5-284 and the last one he built consistently shoots Sierra Matchking 142s for 3 shot groups of .111" at 100yds with a 3-5fps (I think) spread in velocity. Generally, this is at just over 2800fps
My question is, in your opinion, what is the most consistent cartridge? Consistency = accuracy all else being the same and I would like to start with the best cartridge that will still have the velocity of LRH on an Elk.
He feels the 284 Win is where it's at, and I don't disagree, but what do you think about something like the 376 Steyr with 7mm bullets or whatever?
I'm wondering what would be- or is- the most consistent burning case available?
This post will probably get Lot's of replies but I will give my opinion anyway.
I feel that there are many great cartriges that if put together by a competent smith and with
a great bullet,powder,primer and good loading practice that the playing field will be level and
will produce a very consistant cartridge.
I use to hear the term inherently accurate when some cartriges were spoken about and there may be a tendency to be a little easier to find a good load for but I'm not convinced that there
is a one best cartridge .
The biggest thing that I have found that effects accuracy and consistency is the barrel size and quality. There is no substitute for a good barrel.
The best smith in the world can't make a crummy barreled weapon shoot with extreme accuracy!!
Over my many years of shooting and hunting I have seen some of the most unlikely rifles/pistols
do some amazing things and some of the most popular ones fail miserably because of a poor
Of all the accurate rifles/pistols that I have and do own the best group and lowest SDs came out
of a 416 with a 400gr bullet (.031 and a SD of 3) and it is not a fluke because it will repeat this performance over and over. "Go Figure".
There are rifles that are best suited for a particular task and that is what I would look for and have all of the best parts put together by a good smith and you will be happy with the outcome.
Just my opinion.
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