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Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

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Unread 08-29-2013, 09:57 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

This is a very good thread...interesting. Seems to be stuck on the 6.5 Sweede lately so I hope you do not mind I very much need help. I truly cannot understand why so many folks on here have recommended the .308 over the 7mm-08. Someone please help me understand, outside of availability, performance wise why would anyone ever choose a .308 over a 7mm-08? I am not trying to start an agrument...I sincerely just want to understand.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 07:28 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

17 fireball, I totally agree. the 7-08 has better terminal ballistics, less recoil, and is just as accurate if not more so as any 308. I guess it's just not pushed by gun makers as the military 308 has been. 260/7-08 just seems to be an all around better choice if short actions are being used at reasonable distances???
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Unread 08-29-2013, 07:50 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

I have 2 308s and also a 260 and 6.5-284, I would say a 308 would be a good choice as there is a metric ton of load data for it. Having said that any 6.5 be it Creedmoor, Lapua or 260 rem will get the job done as well. I had a Shilen barrel that I had 8220 rounds through, this is including having it set back I don't know how much you shoot but it will give you something to think about.
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Unread 08-30-2013, 01:07 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

No magnum, but low recoil, good trajectory and impact!? Why don't you try the 280 Rem or 280AI, also a good possibility will surely be the old working horse 7 x 57.
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