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If you had a choice ?

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Unread 10-25-2004, 12:25 PM
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If you had a choice ?

I'm going to have a new rifle built. I'm having a real mental excerise in regards to which caliber to go with.

I've already had this gunmaker turn me out a beautiful rifle in a 30/06. I figured I couldn't go wrong with this classic.
I know it will do everything I'm looking for in a rifle, but figured I need another rifle a little more specialized. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

The main purpose of this rifle will be for Whitetail,Mule Deer & Antelope with the ability to reach out & touch.

I know most calibers will do the job. What I'm looking for is a caliber that is very effiecent,fairly low recoil,shoots a high coefficient bullet & is flat shooting.

My choices have come down to the following.

6.5 X 284
7 Rem Mag.

Looking for some opinions on my choices & other recommendations.

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    Unread 10-25-2004, 01:20 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    Hit em

    Would opt for factory caliber.

    7 RM will do it, I like the or 270 or 7 WSM. Flat, low recoil accurate and factory ammo available if you need it

    Go with 1-9 twist 24-28" match grade barrel for the 7mm.


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    Unread 10-25-2004, 03:00 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    Although I am partial to my 7STW; based on your stated criteria I'd take a close look at the 7WSM.

    I would not build a rifle for any cartridge if premium brass was not available. I believe that you can get Lapua 270WSM brass which could be necked up for the 7WSM.

    Just my 2 cents
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    Unread 10-25-2004, 03:47 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    I didn't get drawn for an antelope this year and didn't see a good enought set of horns(muley) worth taking so will have to wait another year to use the 6.5x284. Nothing against the 7mm mag (I own one). I think you will be happy with the 6.5x284 just need to figure out what bullet and twist to handle it.
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    Unread 10-25-2004, 04:29 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    Given your criteria and your two cartridge selections, I would go with the 7mm Remington. I have both cartridges, like them both. The 6.5 is a varmint/bench rifle(In my configuration, it is a true hunting cartridge as well), the 7 is a flat out hunting rifle. I've taken the 7 through rough brush and over many miles, it has never let me down. In any given barrel length over 24", the mag will have the edge in velocity and energy. It will also be able to sling heavier bullets. I agree with BH, nothing wrong with being able to go to local hunting store to pick up a box of ammo either. Recoil, depending on the weight/stock of the gun will be on par with the 06. If I had a 7RM built, I would definately go with a 26" barrel. The 24 incher I have now is nice, and light, but velocity gains with the longer tube are appreciable. Oh, and for accuracy, I've gotten my 7 (Which is a Ruger M77) to shoot a 1/2 MOA at 100.

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    Unread 10-25-2004, 06:24 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    Split the difference and go with a 280, tad more velocity than a 6.5x284 without all the recoil of a magnum. Just a thought.
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    Unread 10-25-2004, 06:58 PM
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    Re: If you had a choice ?

    I appreciate the input so far.
    I know I'm splitting hairs in looking for a caliber that is IMO the ultimate long range caliber for mid-sized game.

    I know I could just stick with the 30/06 but what kind of fun would that be [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    Again, the whole purpose of this rifle is that it be specialized for mid sized game at possible long ranges.

    That it be able to shoot a 140-160 grn with upmost efficientcy & be reasonably flat shooting.

    Any other calibers to consider ??

    Thanks again for your input.
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