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Rifle for wife.

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Old 12-20-2008, 03:56 AM
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Rifle for wife.

My wife and I are looking into 300/600yd. open matches at a nearby range. Mainly for fun and good practice, nothing to serious. But I need to fit my wife up with a rifle. I have a remington 722 .257 ackley that I have laying around in need of a new barrel. Been kicking around the idea of using this action for her rifle. New barrel, stock, trigger, block the short magazine and just have her single load. But I cant decide on a caliber. She does not enjoy recoil and I have alot of .257 brass dies bullets. Should I just go back to this or sell the dies and chamber in ? Any of your wives, kids compete in this what do they use. Need to fix her up so I can get a new toy!
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:07 AM
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Re: Rifle for wife.

I saw the title and thought you made a trade...

Sorry, I had to.

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Old 12-20-2008, 12:23 PM
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Re: Rifle for wife.

For 300 to 600 yards I would recommend the 6BR, very accurate and little recoil.
If you may stretch it to 1000 I would look at the 6 Dasher, 6 BRX, 6x47 Lapua, 6.5x47 Lapua, 6.5 Creedmoor or 6mm Creedmoor. I am going to try and get my son shooting the 6mm Creedmoor this year(6.5 Creedmoor necked down to 6mm).

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Old 12-20-2008, 10:48 PM
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Ya I have thought of the 6BR, 6.5x47. I need good case and barrel life. Also thought of the 260 rem. Any thoughts on this cartridge for this?
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:57 PM
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Re: Rifle for wife.

Shawn Carlock is over in Rathburn, Idaho. He builds some mean 260's. He competes with them in various kinds of matches and has done well. One lady shot a bull elk at an unbelievable distance with a 260 he built. The story is up in the hunting and shooting section.

With a brake and a good recoil pad a 260 should be very docile.

My daughter shoots a 308 in F class with no brake, but does use a gel shoulder pad because after 50-60 rounds it becomes very tiresome to absorb that recoil.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:42 PM
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Re: Rifle for wife.

Don't overlook a .243 or .243 AI

Here's a good article from 6mmbr:

6mmbr article

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Old 12-21-2008, 10:37 PM
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Re: Rifle for wife.

+1 on the 260 or 243. If I had to choose between these two, I would lean towards the .260 for it's versatility of applications.
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