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Old 02-22-2012, 03:19 AM
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New gun/what caliber

I am just looking for a little advice from some knowledgable resources and figured this would be a great place to start.

I have shot a 300 win mag for about 20 years now and have killed a handful of animals from 500 to 725 yards, however I have never really been a serious long range shooter.

Here are a couple questions I am hoping to get some input on.

I am looking at buying of building a gun in 6.5X284. I would mostly be hunting deer and occasionally elk. I know the .30 caliber guns would be better on elk but I am also wanting a rifle that I can also go out and shoot 100 rounds in a day without be sore. Should I be looking at a different caliber?

Also, I am looking at starting with a rifle in the 800.00-1200.00 range, minus the scope. Am I better off in trying to build a rifle for go with a Savage Longrange, or Remington Sendero?

Thanks in advance on any input.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:22 AM
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Re: New gun/what caliber

You already have a proven and capable gun and the experience to go with it. If I were you I'd stay with it and perhaps install an effective muzzle brake (if it does not have one) to make the shooting experience more enjoyable. Please note that muzzle brakes are loud and the proper ear and eye protection is required.

If your looking at being able to a do a 100 shot range session, I'd go with a .308 Win ... lots of bullets and factory ammo to choose from at a very reasonable rate and the barrel life is hard to beat. Either one of your brand choices will serve you well.

Good luck!

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: New gun/what caliber

i have a sendero in 6.5-284. they do not come from the factory that way like a savage. it kicks more than my 7mm mag with vais. my 300 sendero is excellent , i have shot in 1000 yard matches. it has a vais also.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:29 PM
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The cost of a new rifle? Or a used custom, customs are money$$. Take your 300 wn and rebarrel and brake, maybe stock also and have a good LRR. Then later buy a pratice shooter rifle
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:53 AM
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Re: New gun/what caliber

Thanks for the input. My 300 win is 20 years old. It is an old Browning Abolt topped with a straight 6X42mm Leupold. It was a gift from my wife the first year we were married. Still not sure how the heck she came up with the cash to buy it? Anyway I have shot a lot of animals with it some out to past 700 yards. But it is not really set up to be a long range gun and I kinda want to just leave it as is for sentimental reason.

So would I be better off going with another 300 win over a 6.5???
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:04 AM
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it does not say where you are . how often you will hunt elk. i would get a sendero in 7mm or 300 win mag.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for the input. My 300 win is 20 years old. It is an old Browning Abolt topped with a straight 6X42mm Leupold. It was a gift from my wife the first year we were married. Still not sure how the heck she came up with the cash to buy it? Anyway I have shot a lot of animals with it some out to past 700 yards. But it is not really set up to be a long range gun and I kinda want to just leave it as is for sentimental reason.

So would I be better off going with another 300 win over a 6.5???

Sounds like you know what's up. The 06 and 300WM are my most favorite rifles. It sounds as though you are very learned with the 300. To me it's a no brainer. Build a very accurate 300WM just the way you want it....make it look as good as your wife and shoot it for the next twenty years. Use a good local rifle smith or one of the experts here on this forum.

Good luck with your project!!
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