Originally Posted by IdahoJoe
I am looking into building my first long range rifle and having trouble deciding on a caliber and have a few other questions.
so far I have decided (but still subject to change)
Rem 700 action
Krieger 26 in barrel
Bell and Carlson Medallion Stock
130-140 grain bullets
As I understand it I will need a 30-06 length action even if I go with a 6.5-284 to shoot the 140 grain bullets.
Is it worth blue printing an action for hunting accuracy?
I have access to Nitrex scopes at a discount are they high enough quality to put on this type of hunting outfit?
I will be using this for deer generally and if I get lucky enough to draw a pronghorn permit.
How far (assuming good shot placement) would you shoot an elk with this caliber?
Any trigger sugestion would also be helpful.
Hello Joe and Welcome to LRH!
First, I'm not convinced you can't chamber a 6.5 - 284 in a short action. I think if you modified the throat slightly you could do it and use the long bullets or get a modified mag box.
I was able to tune my Rem 700 triggers very nicely (they are not the new X Mark triggers, so i cant say anything about them). It took a whaile, but I got the hang of it and they break very lightly and crisp.
On killing an elk. You can always kill an elk way out there with about any bullet. The question is how quick and how far will the elk travel before it dies. You would have to take in the sum total of circumstances to make that call when you are faced with it. Under the right conditons, I would take a shot on an elk with a 6.5 as far out as the bullet will expand which could be 1000 yds depending on load, elevation, etc. But I would want everything in my favor, including a good view in all directions of where the elk might go after being shot, and have a cow/calf call ready to calm them after the shot. If you put a good expanding 6.5 bullet through both lungs, it should kill it fairly quick. Just hope he doesn't take off for the next mountain range when hit.
Good shooting and hunting,
BTW, I like both of your options and hope to have one of each someday. The Norma will probably be a little faster. Give RL17 a try in either one and you'll probably be very happy.