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6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

 
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:56 PM
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6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

I have a rem 700 sps .300wsm right now it's a stock rifle with a bed and trigger job. I hunt in the back country in Idaho and weight is a bit of a consideration. I'm trying to decide if it would be smarter to build off this rifle or start from scratch. I would like to get into something that recoils a bit less probably in a 6.5 or 7mm. I'm not interested in taking deer at super long range but I want a to be able to cleanly take mule deer at the 6-700 yd mark. This isn't a lot of info I know but I'm in what I would call the earliest stages of planning here so any opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, and shoot strait.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:06 PM
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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

I am waiting on a 6.5x284, but this might be a little more than you need. For a lightweight rig with easy recoil, I would look into a .260 Rem. I recently shot a 7mm-08... what a sweetheart of a caliber. It was so nice compared to the .300s up to .416s I am used to shooting. Actually, it was a big reason for me "stepping down" to a 6.5x284 for deer sized animals. The .260 will give you more reach than the 7mm because of better bc bullets. Actually, just the range you are looking for. Short action, light recoil, in a lightweight rifle....what's not to like? Writing this, I am wondering if I made the right choice!
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:20 PM
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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

Thanks Trojan, I have seriously been thinking about both of those rounds the 6.5-284 has a bit more case capacity but requires a long action. I've heard the 6.5 creedmoor is right there as well. I think they are all within about a 100fps muzzle velocity. I think these are all rounds I may be interested in my only concern is that they have enough energy to put down mature mule deer at those ranges. Great info
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:58 PM
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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

Duckman,

I know how you feel. I ordered my 6.5 from Gunwerks. I was really leaning towards the 7mm with 168s. Mike Davidson, nice guy by the way, was really sold on the 6.5. To tell the truth, I knew very little about it at that point. He assured me that it was good to 1000 yds on any mule deer that walks. Mine is being loaded with 140 bergers at over 3000 ft/s. I was not completely sold and even gave him the old, "ok, YOU have a 220 inch mule deer at 800 yds etc etc....which caliber would you rather have?". He was adamant that he would take either and the 6.5 kicks quite a bit less. I think for 6-700 yds you'd be fine with the Rem or Creedmore.
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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

How about a savage light weight hunter in 260rem or 7mm-08

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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

I keep reading good things about the 260 Rem. Starting to pique my curiosity as well.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:31 AM
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Re: 6-700yd Mountain deer gun opinions?

I would personally look at the 6.5's for this purpose. If you go 7mm you won't get much recoil relief if you use LR bullets with good BC's. With the 6.5's it is a very noticeable drop in recoil IMO and they are still deadly on deer sized game at even longer distances that you are talking about.

I would personally go with a LA even though you are trying to keep a compact, lightweight package. Those 6.5 pills are long and if you want to use the 130's and 140's, this would be my suggestion, you will want the long action so you can seat them properly and still use your mag.

I would look strongly at the 6.5x55. You will get just a bit more power than the creedmore and Rem 260 but still not too much to cause increased recoil and a drop in barrel life like you would if you go to the 6.5x284.

The specs you mentioned also set yourself up nicely for a lighter compact scope which will save you some weight. You don't need a lot of power to get to 700 yards. A good 3-9, 2-10 or 3-15 would be all you need. I have an SS 3-9x42 on a similar gun and it works very well.

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