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Old 01-25-2011, 11:54 PM
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Long range rifle build.

I'm working this out in my head to build a long range rifle, 300-1000 yards. This will be a antelope/deer/varmint gun. I'm failry set on using a Howa Action, as I LOVE the one I have. I have a new 700 VTR, and I perfer the howa action over it.

Stock wise I will likly get a Boyds rough stock, and finish and bed it myself.

Barrel will be a varmit heavy/bull barrel, probably a Pac-Nor or Ershaw.

Trigger will be stock for the time being, but eventually will get a Timney

I'm still debating caliber. I want to got either a 6mm/.243, or a 7mm. I found a perfect candidate tonight at scheels, a used Howa 1500 7mm Rem, stainless, boyds thumbole sporter. pretty good deal at $500, great condition.

I was just kind of looking for opinions on caliber, is 7mm WAY too much for varmints? I shoot prairie dogs quite a bit, and I have a Howa 1500 super varmint in .223 for the shorter range shots. I want a little more than a standard .243 or 6mm rem. Like I said, it will also be a deer/antelope gun.

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:59 PM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

7mm rem is a great choice, just choose your bullets wisely. A 6.5/284 would also fill the bill quite well.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:31 AM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

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7mm rem is a great choice, just choose your bullets wisely. A 6.5/284 would also fill the bill quite well.

+1 on the 6.5, great all round caliber
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:32 AM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

the 6.5-284 and a krieger, do you have a gunsmith? my 7mm mag witha vais kicks less than my 6.5 -284 it is still a little bit much.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:11 PM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

I guess recoil isn't really a huge factor for me, it will be a fairly heavy gun when done, and the varmint rounds will probably be pretty light.

by the looks of the ballistic charts, the 7mm seems to be one of the flattest shooting factory rounds available.

What are my advantaged of a .284 over a 7mm?
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:21 PM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

.284-7mm same bullet. Different designation.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:40 PM
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Re: Long range rifle build.

+1 on the Krieger barrel, although most are good. I would look at one of the big 6’s shooting a berger 88gr varmint/match for yotes & PD’s and the 115gr VLD’s for the others. Then I would move up to a 25-06 AI. A 6.5mm and a 7mm really aren’t a “varmint round” although a new rifle in a new cal. Is always a good choice in my book.
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