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Re: 700 long action what caliber?

6.5-06AI with the 140gr Berger or AB
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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    with a long action id go for the 280ai also. no bolt changes, lots of cheap brass, and better bullets for elk. very close to 7 mag performance.
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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    Look in the Gunsmithing forum under Bolt face diameters (The second Sticky from the top)

    There are around 15 cartriges that will work with little or no work to chose from and you
    can make these into AI's for even more choices.

    With out changing the bolt face I would probably vote for the 280 AI.

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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    Setting the barrel up for the heavier bullets; I'd look at the 6.5x55 or 7.5x55 both can also be Ackley Improved. On the other end for deer, I'd look at a .240 Wby Mag also set up for heavy bullets in the rifle twist as a LR deer whacker. It sounds like you want to make a fun gun..
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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    I like the 6.5mmX284, too. But for elk, all else being equal , I'd choose the .280 A.I.
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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    I have been going back and fourth on this but am really considering going to a 338 edge with this thanks for all the help guys
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    Re: 700 long action what caliber?

    If your trying to touch an elk at 800-1000 yrds plus an Edge would be good but what about a 300 WSM or , I hate to say it but 7 WSM. You would have the action length to seat the better long range bullets out of the case and the recoil would be fine for targets without a brake.
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