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Unread 10-24-2010, 07:56 PM
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what should i build?

im new to long range shooting mostly just hunted but intrested in the chalenges this brings. i dont have a rifle capable of much now so i want to build one. were should i start? what should i go with? i have looked breifly into 6.5x284 and it seems up my aille but hear they have a short barrel life.
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    Unread 10-24-2010, 08:26 PM
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    Re: what should i build?

    Keep it simple for starters. I recommend a proven 7mm Rem Mag or 7 WSM and a VLD bullet or Amax or Accubond 2nd choices.

    Get a 9 twist or 9.5 twist barrel with a canted or Russian style land for ease of cleaning. I'd try a 168 or 180 VLD first and make sure the builder has the right lead angle appropriate for the VLD style bullets.

    My second recommendation is a 300 WSM with a 185 or 190 VLD. That gets you into a 30 cal, with plenty of powder, no belted case. Get an 11 twist bbl.
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    Unread 10-24-2010, 08:29 PM
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    Re: what should i build?

    Well I shoot F class open and I shoot with a Remington 700 chambered in 270.
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    Re: what should i build?

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    Well I shoot F class open and I shoot with a Remington 700 chambered in 270.
    What load?
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    Re: what should i build?

    Any of the ultra mags is where I would start probably would go right to the 338 but both 7mm and 300 rums are great as well.
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    im new to long range shooting mostly just hunted but intrested in the chalenges this brings. i dont have a rifle capable of much now so i want to build one. were should i start? what should i go with? i have looked breifly into 6.5x284 and it seems up my aille but hear they have a short barrel life.
    It kind of depends on your budget....

    If you have a limited budget, go with an off the shelf rifle like a Savage or a Remingto 700 SPS Varmint. Both are good platforms and you can build/upgrade/improve them as your budget allows.

    Here's the write-up of my 308. Read it all the way to the end and you will see it transorm into a full-custom 260....

    My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!

    Although my rifle is a Remington, you can do similar type of upgrades to a Savage.

    In terms of caliber, I think you can get a Savage in 6.5x284, but you are right that it is a known barrel-burner. So another caliber may be a better choice if barrel life is a concern for you.

    It would be helpful to know your intended use to give a more informed recommendation on caliber. Given that you said 6.5x284 I will assume you will be hunting deer size game or smaller. In that case, a good 'beginner' caliber is 308.
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    Re: what should i build?

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    What load?
    I reload and shoot a selection between hornady sst in 130 gr. And Sierra MatchKing HPBT.

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