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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:40 PM
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New rifle and sooo many options

I recently picked up a Rugger M77 tang safety in 25-06 got a hell of a deal and I own a couple other M77 and with minimal work both were tack drivers. The action and chamber are in great shape looks to have been barely shot. Outside is a whole other ball game, the gun appears to have been a four wheeler or truck and boat gun for someone because the barrel is all scratched up as is the stock. If it shoots 115gr bergers or hornady loads decently a stock swap and re-blueing is in order.

If it doesn't (fingers secretly crossed) what would be my wildcat choice for this particular action? I like the ballistics of a 6.5X284 and factory ammo is available even here in Alaska. I'm not going to shoot more than a hundred or so rounds a yr through this rifle, I've got an AR for that. So "barrel burners" aren't really an issue for me. Just want a little more pop out past 400yd than a 243, and no more recoil than 7mag. I can shoot hot loads through the 7 to hit anything bigger than say caribou. Let's be honest here who wants the **** kicked out of them by a light weight rifle. It'll end up with a lightweight laminate stock and most likely a 6-18x leupold scope, barrel in the neighborhood of 22", handy but with ability to reach out and connect.

What wildcats are good using a 25-06 or 30-06 case which are available everywhere and are easy to neck up or down? Thanks ahead of time guys,
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    Unread 09-26-2013, 10:07 PM
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    Re: New rifle and sooo many options

    I'm actually doing a build now just on what you are. I chose 7mm-08. I almost went with a 260 AI. Went with the 7mm cuz I shoot a 7 mag and have excess bullets. Good luck.
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    Unread 09-26-2013, 10:28 PM
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    Re: New rifle and sooo many options

    His .25-06 is a long action receiver...

    Go with a .25-06 Ackley Improved or a .280 Ackley Improved. I think you'll enjoy either one of them.
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    Ive got a 7rem mag to cover the heavy end of things hell I might just see about necking that rascal down to about 224 cal and having a varmint gun that freaking screams. Not to bad mouth you guys but, your almost as indecisive as I am. The headline to this thread says it all...lol
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    Ive got a 7rem mag to cover the heavy end of things hell I might just see about necking that rascal down to about 224 cal and having a varmint gun that freaking screams. Not to bad mouth you guys but, your almost as indecisive as I am. The headline to this thread says it all...lol
    6.5-06 or 6.5x284 would be ideal for your purposes.
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    Call me crazy too, but I'm in the middle of a build that might be a barrel burner for sure and that's the .22 cheetah MKI 40degree shoulder. Yep going a little crazy on this one. I just wanted a 350 yard laser, supposedly not much difference in drop between 350 yards for small stuff on a 15 twist brux shooting 52gr bergers.Just wanted to go fast on this one .
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    Unread 09-27-2013, 11:24 AM
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    I rebarreled my old tang safety 25-06 a while back. I bought the rifle new and after all these years the accuracy went away. I wanted a little more powder than the 25-06. Not that the 25 ever let me down, but I just wanted a better bullet slection. Where I hunt now, I have up to 700 yards shots. I thought about going with the 6.5-284 but I had been picking up 270 and 30-06 brass for years and had a 5 gal. bucket of once fired brass. So I thought about the 6.5-06 or 280 Ackley and then after spending alot of time studying everything I just went with the 280 Ack. I just use my 270 brass but also use Nosler 280 ack brass. after fire forming. If you get it chambered for 280 ack just make sure your smith uses the new reamers for the Nosler 280 Ack. and you want have a problem. I had a problem coming up with a stock for the Ruger, just not many choices. I went with a Boyd Limanated stock. I installed a Picantinny mount so I would have more options on rings. It turned out good and what ever cartridge you deside to go with I am sure yours will too.
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