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Unread 04-07-2013, 07:37 PM
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what to build??

A buddy has a savage long action rifle that we are wanting to rebarrel. It started as a 270win then was rebarreled to a 6.5-284 and new stock. Yesterday I convinced him to sell me the barrel so now he wants to rebarrel to some thing new. It will be a rock buster 99% of the time. We often shoot from 500-1500 yards and he wants enough energy to spot his hits in less then ideal lighting and weather. He would like to keep it a repeater for hunting when he takes it. Some of his other guns are another 6.5-284, 7rem mag, 308win, 300win mag, and several smaller rifles. We take it hunting it would be for deer mainly with a chance at elk. Hunting shots could be as far as 1000 but we try to keep them under 800. Any thoughts?
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    Unread 04-07-2013, 07:47 PM
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    Re: what to build??

    If he has a standard bolt-face long-action......I'd say go .280 Ackley Improved.
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    The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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    Unread 04-07-2013, 07:54 PM
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    It has a standard bolt face but I have an extra magnum bolt face we could use.
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    284 win is also a great choice, it runs about 50-100 fps slower than the 280 AI but you can get great Lapua brass by necking up 6.5x284 brass.
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    It has a standard bolt face but I have an extra magnum bolt face we could use.
    See, that's handy right there....You could go 7mmSTW, or .280 AI.

    The .280 AI has near 7mm Rem Mag ballsitics in a non-magnum cartridge. It is very impressive. My next build will be a .280 AI for whitetail hunting.

    He could go .280 AI first, then if he doesn't like it, he could always ream the chamber out to a 7mmSTW, which , I guarantee he'll like the ballistics and power and abilities of the STW...They're quite impressive.
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    Unread 04-07-2013, 08:27 PM
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    Re: what to build??

    He is waiting for a 7rem mag barrel right now. It was ordered back in january. It is 29" plus a break. So I dont know that he will go for another in .284 caliber. That would make 3.
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    with a chance at elk. Hunting shots could be as far as 1000 but we try to keep them under 800. Any thoughts?
    Any of the 90+ gr 338 and a few extra bucks for the bolt conversion.
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