I've decided I can't live much longer without a 6mm. The situation is critical as I'm sure you all understand. I've been looking at rifles and calibers.
I like the browning varmint stalker because it has a medium-heavy barrel. The rifle seems a great compromise between my desire for a heavy barrel and my desire to be able to pack it. I'd love to hear some feedback on this rifle. Or any other you'd recomend. This is really the only one I've seen with a semi-heavy barrel. I also looked at remington sps, because it has a 24" barrel. And the Weatherby vangaurd sub moa, because it has a 24" barrel and a cool stock.
I've looked at the readily available calibers: 243win, 243wssm, and much less so 6mm rem. I want feed back on these calibers, and others.
I want to stretch it out, of course. So, I'm thinking the 105 a max. The rifle twist needs to be fast enough.
The Browning is $700ish. I'd call that top of my budget.
If I could only buy one 6mm gun on a $700.00 budget right now,I guess Id opt for the 6mm Rem VLS.JMO,but Ive always liked it over the 243 (more case capacity & longer neck).Plus Winchester makes brass for the 6mm Rem.,which is a plus.Only thing Im not sure of is the VLS's factory twist and it may be more of a heavy barrel than your looking for.
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Unlike the 243 VLS which has a twist of 1 in 9 1/8"?????
the 6mmRem VLS has a twist of 1 in 9"
I have only shot 90 grn bullets in mine but if memory serves me correctly, some shooters on this forum have successfully fired 105grn bullets out of their 243 VLS's.
Savage 12BVSS .243. 9 1/4" twist. I've used it to take pds out past 1000 yds w/the 105 Amax. If your on a budget, don't waste your money on the Browning (which won't stabalize the 105 btw) or the VLS. I guarantee you the Savage will shoot .5 or better w/handloads (of course it may not be w/the 105, but there is a combo that will) straight out of the box. Take the extra money and put it in on a little better scope.
I am continuing to be unimpressed with the Browning as a hunting rig. Don't know the specs of whatever you are looking at, but I don't like the Boss and I don't like the 60º bolt lift, and if there was a choice between 6mm and 243, I pick the 6mmRem. every time. Unless the 243 is significantly cheaper, for some reason? It's a good cartridge, but the 6mm is better.
Thanks for the input. Let me add a bit. I want to keep the rifle as versatile as possible. The rifle will serve as a varmint / target rig for me, and a deer rifle for my wife.
I like both the vls and the savage, but they are a bit heavier than I'd like. I have my concerns about the browning as well (trigger mostly), but it caught my eye because it offered a good compromise.
I would lean toward the sporter weights before a heavy rig, for the sake of versatility, and my poor wife. Maybe you guys think differently. Perhaps a little education on the merits of heavy barrels would change my mind.
I have two rifles with heavy barrels. The benefits I see are stability, and consistency when shooting in volume. Is there more to it?
I don't mind carrying a heavy rig when varmint hunting, where the hiking is usually limited. I don't want to carry one when hunting deer and antelope, and I don't think my wife would like to carry one at all.
I suppose I may be complicating the issue. Just want to get something I'll be happy with. Besides, just making a decision wouldn't be any fun.