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Old 09-15-2013, 10:24 PM
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Building a rifle backwards

Howdy all,

I am rarely at a loss for ideas when it comes to rifles, at work they know me for coming up with a 'bad idea' every week, if not daily. Most of my bad ideas come in the form of cool guns I will never build like a .17 squirrel or a .22-243 middlestead. However, today I did something I never do, I bought a scope without a rifle to put under it. I brought home a Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 with target turrets, one of the old American built scopes.

I am looking for advice on what rifle to build or buy to put under this scope. I want this rifle build to be good for target shooting out to 500 or 600 yards primarily and on the occasional varmint or predator. I've been toying with the idea of any of the .22, or 6.5 calibers or .308 but I am not sure which one. Additional caliber suggestions are welcome as well as factory rifle suggestions or custom rifle ideas. I do not want to build anything over .308 until I have the time, skills and range to shoot past 600 yards on a semi regular basis.

If I build a custom rifle I want to stick with a Remington 700 action for logistical purposes (availability of donor actions and aftermarket parts). I am open to other brands in the case of factory rifles, but I have a tendency to tinker too much...

Thanks for all the advice,
Matt F.

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:51 PM
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Re: Building a rifle backwards

I am a firm believer that everyone who wants to shoot alot with a rifle that willast should have a .308 Win.

Look into the Remington 700 5R MilSpec with a 24" barrel...I'm sure you'll be impressed.

.308 Win barrels will damn-near last forever, too. My smith used to shoot & win .308 in 1K comps. He says 10,000-14,000 rounds before the average shooter will notice any major loss in accuracy.

Also, that is a great scope. I have one sitting on my .257 Wby Mag. Best scopes for the money, IMO.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:53 PM
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Re: Building a rifle backwards

Might I suggest....223 AI with a 1:8 or 1:9 twist barrel.

If you are building backwards, then go buy the bullet of your choice, then by the barrel with the appropriate twist.

69 gr Sierra or Nosler HPBT at 3300 is rather fun. 55's at/near 3600 is great medicine as well.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:47 AM
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Re: Building a rifle backwards

That scope begs for a 257 Weatherby, the perfect occasional varmint plus antelope /deer rifle.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:19 AM
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That scope begs for a 257 Weatherby, the perfect occasional varmint plus antelope /deer rifle.
Agreed...Which is where mine is located...And what my rifle is used for.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:26 AM
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Re: Building a rifle backwards

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That scope begs for a 257 Weatherby, the perfect occasional varmint plus antelope /deer rifle.
I'll go with that.

So many calibers so little time.

A 308 will last for years and years but a 257 Wby will have more 'bang'
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:23 AM
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Re: Building a rifle backwards

I have a browning a bolt hunter in 223 wssm you should buy that and put your scope on it then when you shoot it out rebarrel it to a 243wssm
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