700 long action what caliber?

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  1. albertakid

    albertakid Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a remington 700 long action off a 30-06 and am wanting to have a longrange gun built what caliber do you suggest I was thinking 6.5-284 but am open to suggestions for sure.

    Jordan
     
  2. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5-284 would be my first choice for that bolt face. Great brass (Lapua), readily available good selection of dies including Redding competition and type S dies, and great ballistics. Hard to go wrong with that choice.

    Good shooting,

    -Mark
     

  3. JUDD

    JUDD Well-Known Member

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    Hunting? Paper punching? Target?

    Whacha wanna accomplish with the rifle?
     
  4. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    +1 for the 6.5x284
     
  5. jeffro

    jeffro Well-Known Member

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    280 ai
     
  6. albertakid

    albertakid Well-Known Member

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    elk and steel
     
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    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    6.5-06AI with the 140gr Berger or AB
     
  9. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    with a long action id go for the 280ai also. no bolt changes, lots of cheap brass, and better bullets for elk. very close to 7 mag performance.
     
  10. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Look in the Gunsmithing forum under Bolt face diameters (The second Sticky from the top)

    There are around 15 cartriges that will work with little or no work to chose from and you
    can make these into AI's for even more choices.

    With out changing the bolt face I would probably vote for the 280 AI.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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    436 Well-Known Member

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    Setting the barrel up for the heavier bullets; I'd look at the 6.5x55 or 7.5x55 both can also be Ackley Improved. On the other end for deer, I'd look at a .240 Wby Mag also set up for heavy bullets in the rifle twist as a LR deer whacker. It sounds like you want to make a fun gun..
    436
     
  12. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    I like the 6.5mmX284, too. But for elk, all else being equal , I'd choose the .280 A.I.
     
  13. albertakid

    albertakid Well-Known Member

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    I have been going back and fourth on this but am really considering going to a 338 edge with this thanks for all the help guys
     
  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    If your trying to touch an elk at 800-1000 yrds plus an Edge would be good but what about a 300 WSM or , I hate to say it but 7 WSM. You would have the action length to seat the better long range bullets out of the case and the recoil would be fine for targets without a brake.