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Unread 07-27-2008, 06:52 PM
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New Rifle

Hi Guys,
I'm looking to build a rifle to take me out to ohhhhh 600 yards on caribou and paper targets. I have my eye on the Stevens Model 200 and building it up from there. I have lots of experiance working on rifles, and I've substance hunted for my entire life so i know my way around a gun. I'm looking at a long action possibly a .270 win, 30-06, 7mm rem mag, or 300 rem mag. I can't decide which one to choose and I thought i would inlist your guys's help to convince me....
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:07 PM
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Didnt know Remington made a 300 Rem Mag??? You probly mean 300 Win Mag right? Anyways to better answer your question, all 4 cartridges will easily get you to 600 yards on bou and paper. With the .270, stick a 140g AB or good 150g Boat tail and you'll easily make it to 600 yards and have enough punch for bou. I dont like the 30-06 personally, Id rather own a .270 anyday. I like the 7mm bore for the high BC bullets and less kick then the .30 cal magnums. They dont hit as hard, but they fly flatter and drift less. The 300 Win mag is a great round as well, but I dont think you need it for 600 yards on caribou IMO. I've owned and shot everything but the 30-06 out to 800 yards with great results. I currently own a 7mm RM and a 300 WBY and there both great shooters, but for bou size critters, I dont think you need anything over 7mm. I would go with the .270 w/140g AB or the 7mm w/160g AB and be done with it...
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:16 PM
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Well welcome! im fairly new but ill give u MHO. 4 a caliber choice 300 win mag or a 7mm rem mag. these will easily get u to 600 yds with out no problem an if u wanna reach a little further u have that option. as far as a gun i wont advise u because theres a lot of options, so ill let the pros out there handle that question.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:18 PM
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Can't really go wrong. I like them all. Still, I'd pick the 7mm. I think it offers a significant ballistic advantage over the 270 and 06. While offering as much as the 300 win mag with a lot less recoil. Of course 600 yards is a comfortable range for all of 'em.

I bought a Stevens as a gift for a new shooter. The stock and trigger are junk. A Boyds stock and a better trigger would go a looong way for not a lot of doe. Have fun!

PS. Looks like three of us typed at the same time. Looks like 25-06 said things better than I did. I second everything he said.

Last edited by grit; 07-27-2008 at 09:22 PM.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:15 PM
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I can't disagree with anything everyone has recommended. I'll throw a fly in the ointment though. If 600yd Caribou is what you are looking at, and you'll probably be walking a bit, how about a short action (300WSM?) It's more efficient, and will easily get you to 600yds on bou. A little lighter etc etc.

Regardless, all the calibers listed will be great, I'd choose the 7RM if I were picking a Long action (that is if I didn't choose a 300RUM).

If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.

My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:38 PM
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I will assume you either meant the 300 WIN mag or the 300 Remington ULTRA mag, or the 300 Remington SHORT ACTION ULTRA mag. All are fine calibers. I have or have shot all as well as the 270, 30.06, and 7mm Rem mag.

Personally I've been thinking of my first bou hunt as well and I would either take the 7mm mag or my 300 RUM and I'll tell you why. WIND. Since I've never hunted them, I have watched a few videos and have talked with friends that have killed them. In each case except for 2-3, WIND was a huge factor. So, I want as much bullet as I can get. It is a no brainer that a 270 and 130 gr bullet will kill a bou but I want as little wind drift as possible.

So, my choices when I go will be either my 7mm Rem Mag/168 VLD or 160 AB or Scirocco(24" Shilen #4) or my 300 RUM/200 AB or 180 AB, Scirocco or 210 VLD (28" Shilen #4).

There's my 2 cents.
Derek M.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 08:04 AM
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My advise would be to find a stock you want first, then get a rifle to fit it. Sounds odd but very often getting your ideal stock takes MONTHS.

I build Stevens 200 up for target comp, they work great if you are on a budget. Otherwise I would go to a full custom action. BTW, I have a beutiful long action stock to fit a Stevens 200. A hunting style stock came but I thought it was a tactical style so its for sale. Much ligher than laminate and already finished. PM me for info if you like.

Just to add more than two cents,

I think punching paper requires a heavy barrel and if I were to make a 600 yard rifle for paper and hunting big game, it would definately be a 7mm or 300 win mag. I think Marlin at fronteirtaxidermy has win mag heavys in stock at a VERY good price, I know he did awhile ago.


Last edited by PEI Rob; 07-28-2008 at 08:17 AM.
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