I am needing to build a rifle with a 18.5-19 inch barrel, but at the same time would like to maintain some of the long range rifle characteristics I've become accostomed to. I figured the SP section would have a little more guidance on cartridges that work in a short barrel. My target game will be between 50 and 200 lbs, rangeing from coyotes in OR to Peninsula wolves and the small deer on kodiak. I have already purchased a short actoin savage for the project which limits me to short action cartridges. It will most likely be set up with medium to lower power scope and an hs stock.
My goal is a rifle thats packable in heavy brush and easlity carried on small planes, cars, boats etc. Yet still good to 500-ish yards with modest velocity and med-high b.c. bullets.
I don't mind a barrel burner, or even a severe barrel burner.
(have other rifles for volume shooting, and target practice this would be hunting only)
Compared to most I am fairly recoil insensitive.
(Currently building a stubby 375 for a summer bear spray substitute, doubt I can cram more recoil in a short action)
I have a fairly large stockpile of 6mm and 30 cal projectiles, but am not stuck on those calibers. I had been dead set on a 6-284 but its hard to find good data on what velocities are actually attainable in a short barrel. My natural attraction is to the 300 wsm
since it was my first go to caliber, but I would like to at least save pelts on the wolves. A short shot with a 300 might be counter intuitive to pelt recovery.
Some of the 7's seem nice but I have very little exposure to them, and the 6.5wsm seems like a fun one but might be a bit of a flame thrower in a stubby barrel. I have considered the 243win, but I really do love the thump and crack of the overbore wildcat or magnum.... starting to ramble.
Any input on what has worked well, and in what length barrel would be greatly appreciated