7-08 Ackley Improved or 6.5 Creedmore
I am in the planning stages of building a rifle for myself that I will use for mostly hunting, but some target practicing. Currently, I shoot a Browning A-Bolt 1, rechambered in a 7-08AI with a factory barrell. It shoots about .75"group, 2950 fps with a nosler accubond 140 bullet. It shoots real well for buying it second hand with all the work already done to it.
The reason I put these two cartridges up against each other is becuse I would like good accuracy, somewhere around 1/2 MOA, decent velocity and long range killing ability. For the 7-08 I feel comfortable shooting it out to 500 at deer sized game. Depending on how the numbers go Imight be able to extend that range. It doesn't have that great of a scope on it, so maybe changing it a little would help.
Is the 6.5 Creedmore an awesome enough cartridge to accomplish what I want? Is it what everyne has said it is? Or is the ease of using my current reloading knowledge, plus the equipment, bullets and powder, fire formed brass and custom dies where I should stick?
The gun will be either based upon the Savage Target action or the sporter, undecided on barrell and stock. If anyone wants to chime on the barrell and stock, feel free to.