Originally Posted by skandlus
I own both rifles and just dont see a need for both similar calibers. What would be some options for these 2 rifles ? rebarrel/true up the 6mm or completely rechamber,etc to a larger, longer range caliber for my sons? .260, 7mm-08, 7mm short mag...?
I'd sure think of what you've said, with the 7-08 or 260 at the top of the list, since they are standard cases and don't require bolt face work- shouldn't require action work to get it feeding either.
Both the 260 and 7-08 have pretty good trajectories and can reach out rather well for a short action. If you put a 7-08 in a 26" barrel it will be around 200 -300 fps shy of 7 rem ballistics with mid-weight bullets. A 140 at 2900 fps is dang good medicine out past the 1/4 mile range for deer, etc. without a lot of hold-over.
You could put an aftermarket bolt in your rem and make it a 7 saum or either 270 or 7mm wsm if you want to pony up a bit. The 30 cal option becomes a bit more likeable with a mag bolt since a 300 wsm can be done. I simply love the long 300 win, and in a 24-26" barrel the wsm is pretty dang close. The mag cartridges may require a bit of feed ramp work but your gun-smith will be able to tell you on that.