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Unread 10-02-2009, 05:45 PM
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Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

Well, I've just about had enough with a 7-08 I can't get to shoot. It shoots alright at 100, but still 1 1/2"!! Just looking for better I guess. I feel I've tried enough powders, bullets, factory ammo. Just fed up, I still may take it somewhere with a bore scope and see what they see,,,to bad too, its a shilen match on there, was expecting more but who knows the real issue.

Anyway, with that out of the way. I'm looking for a new caliber, or just go back with the 7-08. I guess what I'm looking for is something that will push at least a 120gr at moderate to high velocities.

I've ruled out anything over the 7mm size, I already have a few 30 and aboves. Rifle usage would be for target, maybe sheep, and a winter calling gun, could have a wolf in there (or at least I hope)

But I want to stick with something that will feed out of my standard short action remington 700 with a .473 bolt face.

So far on the list

-7-08
-maybe .243

And I know I'm missing more, just wanted to know what others are using, any thoughts?
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    If you want suggestions, please give us some info that can help us, help you:
    Distances you want to shoot?
    Type of game and distances?
    Paper and steel only?
    What kind of glass do you have on it currently?
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    I am considering building a 280 AI or a 284.

    Somebody else on this site linked the article below that discusses the 284 very favorably.

    7mm Cartridge Guide
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    If you want suggestions, please give us some info that can help us, help you:
    Distances you want to shoot?
    Type of game and distances?
    Paper and steel only?
    What kind of glass do you have on it currently?

    Longest range I have avaliable is 600, would like to start becoming comfortable at this range

    Deer sized game, even though right now, its not a distance I would take a shot at, but preformance on game to 600

    None of my rifles are target only

    looking at the 3.5-10 or 4-16,

    Also looking at the 284 as well,,,,,and the 6.5X284 but most people use a long action for this one?

    Thanks
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    Sounds like you have a short action. Couple more thoughts.
    You have a couple of options:
    One, stay with a short action cartridge with the limits of your magazine.
    Two, put a single-shot follower and turn your rig into a single-shot, then you can use the longer cartridges.

    FWIW-I use single-shots almost exclusively and do not feel disadvantaged.
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    .260. They seem to be getting very popular lately. My brother in law has a factory Remington and it is a very nice rifle.
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    Re: Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face

    What these guys said

    I would go single action and 284 after giving it more thought.

    I really liked the article and what he was able to do with it.
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