Decisions, decisions - opinions please.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by scotsgun, May 24, 2013.

  1. scotsgun

    scotsgun Well-Known Member

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    Folks, id appreciate your opinions. I have two rifles with shot-out barrels; a BSA MONARCH in 270win and a Winchester 70 Featherweight in 22-250. I want a new rifle for mid range deer hunting and hate the shoddy mass production and lack of attention to detail in modern rifles so would rather re-barrel one of these two.

    So, which one would you re-barrel, to which caliber and why?

    I already own and use a 308, 22-250, 25-06 & 243

    Thanks
     
  2. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if its possible (think so), you might look at 7-08 in your M70. I'm not sure what your definition of mid-range is (for some of these dudes, mid-range is 1K), but 7-08 is a proven deer dropper, is accurate, and would add a .284 to your stable.
     

  3. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    270 to a 280AI

    160 gr bullets at 3000 fps is hard to beat for an all around hunting gun

    Pick a gunsmith, order a barrel and have it shipped to him, make some choices on throat/neck/contour/twist

    Enjoy for the rest of your life
     
  4. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    If they are both shot out, build the 7-08 and the 280 AI! Go from having no 7's to having 2 sevens.

    FWIW, I have rifles chambered in both of the above and both have merits. Like picking between your kids...
     
  5. Superzuki

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    Yes...What he said - 100%
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, .280 AI is where it's at! My gunsmith said he has been building them for 40 years and said he loves that caliber. Says he has other customers he built rifles for that are shooting them @ 1K and getting 5-6" groups consistantly. Says for whitetail hunting at 1K and under it is the perfect caliber, and one of his favorite calibers.

    My next build will be a .280 AI as my main deer hunting rig.