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,