.308 Build in Long Action

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jpbaker, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    I am considering a new build.

    I am considering a .308 or a .260rem. Prob going with the 260rem. I realize that the .308 has a large option of bullets for reloading, but with the heaver ones, I will be digging out my 300wm.

    The .260 seems like the way to go for some of the lighter bullets.

    The questions are:
    Is it a big deal if I decide to go with a long action instead of a short action. Seems like the long actions are easier to get ahold of, and living in canada, the "cheaper" rifles like the stevens 200 are still about $350 if I wanna strip one down.

    It will be going into an XLR Stock. So, does that mean that if I go with a long action I will have to get a 300WM mag to fit the chassis properly?

    TKS for the info,
    JPB
     
  2. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    30-06, 270, 280 is what you will need for a LA 308, 260 or 6.5x284.
     

  3. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Im not sure that I understand what you are trying to say here...Are you saying that I will have problems with building a 308 on a long action?

    Or are you saying that if I use a .308 I must use it from a 30-06, 270, or a 280.
    Not really sure why that would matter, seeing that bolt faces are easliy swapped out (savage action).

    TKS
    JPB
     
  4. JeffP40

    JeffP40 Well-Known Member

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    If you want a 6.5 and a long action, I would go 6.5x55 Swede. you can have it throated shorter than normal and eliminate the freebore, and it would give you more options then a 260.