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Unread 04-04-2013, 07:58 PM
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What Caliber

Me and my friend have decided to get into the sport of benchrest shooting. We have a donor Remington short action magnum and we are wondering on what caliber we are going to go with. We were thinking along the lines of a 6mm magnum based cartridge or maybe just going with a good old 300 wsm. What are y'all's opinion?
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    Unread 04-04-2013, 08:07 PM
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    Re: What Caliber

    I dont shoot bench rest but I sure love my 260 Rem.
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    Unread 04-04-2013, 08:17 PM
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    Re: What Caliber

    6.5 Grendel will reach out there with some awesome ballistics. Alot of people don't shoot them, for some reason, but they are a phenomenal round that stays super-sonic beyond 1000 yards, where the .308 Win drops off several hundred yards prior to that. Alot of folks use 6mmBR for Benchrest. Never shot one, but hear good things.

    I think you will enjoy the 6.5 Grendel. Do some research...It will blow your mind.
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    Unread 04-04-2013, 08:22 PM
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    Re: What Caliber

    The donor action we have is a short action with a "Magnum" bolt face
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    Unread 04-04-2013, 08:42 PM
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    Re: What Caliber

    You can buy aftermarket PTG bolts for about $250, or have your bolt-face filled up and re-cut for .308 bolt face. But for the money I suggest just picking up a PTG SA bolt with the 308 (standard) bolt face. You will have ALOT more options with that bolt face diameter.
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    The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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    Unread 04-04-2013, 09:46 PM
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    Re: What Caliber

    Pretty sure that for benchrest, 6PPC is king at short ranges, and the 6 BR based cartridges (6 Dasher) or similar (6XC) are favored for longer ranges.

    Guy at work shoots railgun, they all use 6PPC.
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    Unread 04-05-2013, 08:50 AM
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    Re: What Caliber

    TWShore- You did not say what range -. for 1000 yards a 7 mmrsaum or a 7 mmwsm would be good
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