Re: Remington action build vs. plan B
A .280 Ackley Improved should be able to do what you want to do. They can take deer sized game @ 1000 yards from what I have been told, with handloads and the right bullet/powder combo.
It requires a long-action with a standard (non-magnum) bolt face, however, you can always buy a PTG standard long-action 700 bolt. So your actions could be utilized very easily. Actions can last damn-near forever, with the right gunsmith working on them. If the raceways wear out, you can always add an oversized bolt head, if the ejector or firing pin wear out you can replace those, etc...It's just a matter of how much money and work you plan on putting into them, but they can last near forever, unless something catestrophic happens.
I'm a big Rem 700 fan...Always have been. My next build will be a .280 AI built off a trued Rem 700 action.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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