Originally Posted by ZRT1000
I picked up a pre 64 win action that was a 30/06 and I am going to have a gun built but can't decided what caliber. It will be for deer to (elk If I ever go). I wanted to go with the 257 weatherby but the 264 win keeps coming up but although i own a stock win with a 24" barrel I think it could be better with a 26" and some hand loads. i don't understand after reading most of my reloading manuals why with the extra powder why the 264 only duplicates the 270 win MV. I am still leaning to the 257 but I think the 264 will buck the wind better... This is my first custom gun and run at a somewhat longrange shooter.. any input would be great .. Thanks
First semi custom rifle
... I hear that, as I am building my first also.
Yes, a 26" barrel is a good idea for that extra velocity. And still very carry-able.
Just a suggestion as to your caliber, I think a 284 Win would be perfect for your use. You have a 'o6 bolt face so you're not locked-in to a magnum caliber as I was.
( I ended up with a 7mm SAUM to work in my Mag SA )
If it's wind drift that gets your attention, The best 7mm bullets have a better BC and SD. Also you could use heavier bullets than 140 gr for Roosevelt Elk which are as big as horses.
Some have mentioned loosing their deer after using 25-06. 25 cal is not the best for long range harvesting of big game. 6.5 cal is better but 7mm is very good for hunting . 284 Win is a very efficient caliber and excellent for targeting and hunting. You can handload it as hot as you want and there's lots of load data available.
6mmbr.com has several "gun of the week" entries. Good reading. JMHO