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Old 10-19-2010, 01:05 PM
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Best caliber for long range in a short action.

I have a remington short action in 308 caliber,what does everbody think would be the best caliber to have it turned into.For long range of course.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:18 PM
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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

I think it's 260 Rem, which is why I built one. But be realistic about the benefits vs cost of rebuilding your existing rifle. If you already have a 308, you might not gain anything - and may lose overall - by changing it.

With that said, 243 Win or AI with fast 115 DTAC bullets beats the 260 on paper. Depends what you're willing to compromise on - barrel life, paper or animals, factory ammo or reloads, recoil, brass availability, etc.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:58 PM
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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

Yea i hear that ,looks great in the books and the bc on that 140gr bullet beats the 168 gr berger iam shooting now.Would i need a longer barrel than say 26, or would that hinder it a littel .
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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

How much work do you want to do to it?
If you want to go all out, open up the bolt face and go for one of the WSM's, 270 or 7mm. You will also need to mill out the back of the reciever and fit and extended magazine box to make the most of the VLD type bullets. 26" barrel would be all you would need to go to.
25/284 is another. Bolt face is the same as 308, but would need to extend the magazine box. I have seen good reports with a 115gr berger (3100 with a 24" barrel) on deer out to 500 yds with it.
Otherwise if you don't want to do much then as already said the 260 or 260AI would be good choices.

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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

For what, targets, hunting, what animals, etc. I like the 243 AI on a short action. For targets and deer/antelope size animals It is awesome. Extreme accuracy, long barrel life, ability to shoot 243 winchester in it. It is one of the absolute best 1000 yard cartridges ever in competition. Many others though would be good. The 284 was designed for the short action but wildcat rounds off it with long vld bullets are to long for it.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:33 PM
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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

It would be used for deer ,antalope and ,coyotes mostly .don't wana spend to much mabey just rebarrel it, how much more work is it to make 7mm wsm.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:15 PM
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Re: Best caliber for long range in a short action.

I have read that the 260 rem is supposed to be excellent for long range work. High B.C.s, good barrel life.
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