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Unread 01-07-2007, 12:14 PM
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rem 700 rebarrel options.

I have a rem 700 lss in 30-06 and would like to get somthing with more range. I like the gun but not the ballistics. I dont know alot about putting a different barrel on the gun. My first choice would be a 7mm rem mag, but dont know if it would work. or should I just sell the gun and buy a diff one. Any suggestions would be appreciated. would like to have a gun cappable of deer out to around 600 yrd. (for hunting powerlines)
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Unread 01-07-2007, 12:25 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

I'm not a gunsmith, but I do know that your 30-06 can be rebarrelled to any long action or magnum you want. I think the ultra mags would also work, but I'm not 100% sure. Your bolt will need to be opened up for a magnum. You have a good action and a nice stock, I would just rebarrel. Let's see what others have to say.
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Unread 01-07-2007, 12:44 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

thanks for the info, any more info or recomendations from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 01-07-2007, 01:39 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

Your rifle is a good one to build on if you wish, so I wouldn't consider dumping it for a different cal.

Additionally there is no reason a good shooting '06 with say 150s or 165 or so weights wouldn't be a good 600 yard deer rifle.

Another cartridge, say the 6.5-06 might be flatter shooting but if the deer can't be hit with the 30 it can't be hit w/the 6.5 either.

I'd strongly consider working up the load, working up the drop chart @ 100 yd steps out to 600 yds, then decide if she doesn't cut the mustard.

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Unread 01-07-2007, 03:09 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

As Roy stated out to 600yds a 30-06 will do fine w/the right bullet.

I am in the same boat as you i'm thought about going from an 06 to a 7mm STW.It takes some work=money to do and after doing some research i've decided on the 280 AI =ackley improved.

I guess you know there are many cartridges based on the 30-06 case -a 280 rem is a 30-06 necked down to 28 caliber as is a 270 and 25-06.
The AI=ackley improved version is a 40* shoulder put on the cartridge it cuts way back on brass trimming and adds powder volume to the case.Ballpark 150 ish fps.
The 280/7mm class calibers have many great bullets to choose from.

A 26-27" long barrel- 280 AI w/a 1-9 twist will shoot the heavy high bc bullets just fine.This cartridge is right on the heels of a 7mm magnum -w/ less powder.

Bullets like the 162 a-max ,168 berger and 175 smk's will wack a deer at 600yds w/authority.

Nosler now makes brass ready to load <- sized -chamfered ready to go!

As far as rebarreling goes -once you have a top notch barrel installed you'll understand why people do it-accurate ,easy to clean and consistant.

There are a few gunsmiths that frequent this site -fiftydriver is one -Kirby Allen is his name he helps out on here alot.

I don't think you'll find a much better cartridge that tha 280 AI ,there are many to choose from but as i said earlier it will take a little more work/money.

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Unread 01-07-2007, 04:47 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

the 30-06 with a 24-26" barrel is enought gun to push a 180gr class bullet out to 600yds easly. A few questions first.
Does the gun shoot accuratly now?
Are you wanting magnum recoil and blast?
What kind of critters are you planning to hunt at 600yds?
Do you reload ?

My longest kill on a deer is 618yds and that was with a 308 and a factory loaded 175gr Sierra Match King bullet.

Check your gun out , have it bedded , the trigger worked and the crown recut generaly these three things will cut your groups a good bit and turn an ok shoot gun into a respectible rig. If it'll shoot 1 moa consistanly then it'll make a fine 600yd deer gun.
Get yourself some 178gr A-max bullets and a pound of 4350 powder and start working up loads. that bullet with that powder should get you at least 2700 fps more than likely 2800 fps and that bullet will shoot pretty flat.
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Unread 01-07-2007, 05:44 PM
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Re: rem 700 rebarrel options.

i agree with JD and the others that say you've got plenty of gun.if you can't get a deer at 600 with a 3006, a magnum won't help.178 a-max,whatever powder that works,i've always had the best results with 414 powder in 3 different 06's i've shot. get this gun to shoot well,practice and read on here for a year, and then build a long range cannon if you gotta have one.
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