I currently am having a rifle built up. Here are the current specs:
1) Rem. 700 short action, fully accurized (face squared, lugs machined, raceway lapped, shroud reworked (was not enough clearance under recoil), etc. and trigger reworked.
2) Lilja 6.5 bore, 3-land, 8" twist barrel on order spec'd at 27.5" long, #4 countour, fluted for a 24" barrel in case I want to shorten it at a later date once the barrel wears out for use as a brush gun for whitetail.
3) Borden/Rimrock custom ADL rifle stock (http://www.bordenrifles.com/stocks.shtml
) pillar bedded and barrel floated.
4) Wyatt extended box magazine, allowing a 3.06 overall cartridge length; Gun smith is machining the bolt stop/receiver to allow for as much length as possible but suspects we won't get that much length out of it, probably closer to something just over 2.9".
5) Gun use will be for target up to 600 m. plus regular use on whitetail and black bear up to ? yards with occasional use on coyotes, bobcat and cougar.
My question is this. I hope to find an accurate load for 140 grain Nosler Partitions for hunting plus some make of target bullet around 140 gr. for target use. How much of a difference, loaded for a 2.9" overall cartridge length, the 8" twist and the 27.5" barrel will I likely see between the .260 Rem, 260 Ackley Improved and 6.5-.284?
Any helpful info would be EXTREMELY appreciated. This is my first 6.5 gun as well as my first gun built for even part-time target use.
[ 06-15-2004: Message edited by: Beartrack ]
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