Thank you for your info. I'll keep it a 24" barrel, the gun will be a carry gun for my boy. Although, I'm sure I will want to steal it every now and then to play with.
As his 1st rifle, is there any things you all suggest that I have done to the rifle besides the re-barreling. Meaning, I want it to be pretty accurate, but we don't want to spend the moon. We are going to use the old stock for now until he gets bigger, then we will get a good custom stock. Should the re-barreling increase the accuracy of this rifle? Or do I need to have work done on the action? etc. Any input on this would be helpful.
Would it fit in the long action of the 30-06 that I am using as the donor? I assumed that I needed to build a caliber that was of the same basic size as the 30-06. I was also figuring that the added velocity of the 6.5-06 with the right bullets would be good for elk. I guess I could also stay with the 30-06 and use reduced loads until we are ready for more.
He is 12 years old by the way. Kids can't start hunting in MT until they are 12. Wish they could start earlier.
The .260 would work fine in that action and that bolt if the donor rifle was a .30-06 to start with. As far as what to do to make it accurate, I kind of worry since the rifle would not shoot real well before. A good bedding job and the trigger set to 2 1/4 lbs would probably help a lot . A quality barrel and chamber job shoud give you good accuracy.