Originally Posted by Tweek
New to the long range game. I want to build a 6mm-06. I have a few questions regarding the caliber. First should i use a long or short action? What twist should i get? (Will be reloading VLD 105 and 105 amax) Where can i get reloading data? what barrel length should i get?
I leaning towards a sporter barrel due to i will be using it for hunting deer/coyote/varmints. So weight will be on the lighter side. I'm also leaning toward a HART barrel due to the fact that they are located 30 min from where i live.
Any and all information is welcome. I open to suggestions/ideas.
I don't own one. It's a good bit overbore for my liking although I did own a 240Wby which was a barrel burner. So, I may not be the best to comment.
You'll want a long action unless you want to run it as a single shot.
You need an 8 twist for the 105's and possibly a 7.5 twist if you wanted to try the 115 DTACs.
The large case capacity will benefit from longer barrels 28-30". But, you could probably do fine with as little as 25" for a hunting rig.
Search the reloading forum here on LRH and/or post a request for load data. Always be wary of data from unknown sources. The powder and bullet Mfgs have are insured and will provide reliable starting loads.
Sporter weight will be fine for a hunting rifle. But, it'll heat up fast and stay hot. It may also be a little my phinicky to tune. You might want to consider going up a size or two and get it fluted by the mfg. Hart has a great reputation. They should be able to help you calculate the finished weight of the barrel.