So, here it goes:
I'm a newb to precision rifle shooting. For the past few years, I've had a great time with .22LRs, handguns, and a FAL for general paper-punching, weekend de-stress fun, and, with the FAL specifically, SHTF preparedness. But, I've gotten hungry for a more precision shooting experience and several of my friends down here have been encouraging me to go hunting with them. So... here I am.
After doing a bunch of reading, I think building a rifle around 6.5x55 Swede might be a good rifle to both start and grow with as a starting precision shooter/hunter.
My thoughts are 1) I like build stuff. 2) yes, I reload for my pistols and the FAL. 3) It's longer and flatter shooting than the .308. 4) it's low recoil so it's easier to have longer range sessions without flinch. 5) It can, at least in Scandinavia, take up to moose (I've no clue about the independent-minded, less socialistic moose of the US
). 6) Unlike new 6.5s like the Creedmore and the .260 Rem, there's better brass out there.
Problems as I see it: 1) Few stock rifles in 6.5x55 that are easy to build off of (I haven't found any 700s or savages). 2) Not just having to rebarrel but to possibly have a smith open up an 06 bolt face.
However, I'm an utter novice at this and I wanted to run it by some old salts who actually know what they're talking about. Am I being realistic? Should I really make a project rifle in 6.5x55 or just say, what the heck and go with a .308 or .30.06 (or 7mm rem mag or .300 win mag or... etc)?
Thanks for readin' the post. Thanks for your wisdom. I appreciate any help you can give!