Help me pick a caliber!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by stevescg80, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. stevescg80

    stevescg80 Well-Known Member

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    I have a short rem 700 in 243 win and the barrel is toast and want to rebarrel it very soon what caliber would you guys build? I want it to be a repeater.Will be a long range rifle for varmints/deer/antelope. I favor the ackley line of cartridges and other wildcats and I have a 280 ackley being built right now

    Here's the calibers I already have
    223---cooper 21
    6mm-06------custom rem 700 28" hart barrel w/brake
    300 win mag---custom rem 700 shilen barrel w/brake
    270 win----custom rem 700 shilen barrel w/brake
    22-243 ackley----custom howa action 30" hart barrel w/brake
    338-06 ackley---custom mauser shilen 28" barrel w/brake
    222 rem---savage
    243 win--remington 700
    30-06---encore
    308 win--custom model 70 action w/brake
    260 rem---custom xp-100
     
  2. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    How about the 260 AI or the 6.5-284? I don't know if the mag is long enough to shoot the 6.5-284 without deep seating the bullets and the feed rails might need to be opened a bit but in any case the 260 AI would be close behind. There are some pretty impressive 6.5 mm bullets out there such as the .600+ BC 130 gr and 140 gr VLD bullets by Berger not to mention the 142 gr Sierra match king.
     
  3. shiredude

    shiredude Writers Guild

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    The 243 ackley would definately be suitable for deer/antelope sized game. I dont believe you could use it as a repeater with the long 107's and 115's, but the 87 gr VMax would be a great option.
     
  4. tscott

    tscott Well-Known Member

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    The 25\06 or one of the 257's would be a good addition and make a great antelope or deer gun.
     
  5. 6BR4ME2

    6BR4ME2 Well-Known Member

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    You have a great selection.... go with a 6.5-284....243 AI .... or 6 br
     
  6. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    6-6.5x47
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Steve

    Looks like you don,t have a 7mm and the 7/08 or the 7/08x40
    would work with out any changes in the action or the bolt face
    and just a rebarrel.

    Both rounds are capable of 1000yrd shooting and 6 to 700yrds on
    big game, and are extremely accurate.

    My 2 cents
    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    7wsm.
     
  9. PFCSkoug

    PFCSkoug Active Member

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    I would have to put in a vote for a 257 roberts AI
     
  10. stevescg80

    stevescg80 Well-Known Member

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    I have it narrowed to 6br 6.5-284 257improved
     
  11. efw

    efw Well-Known Member

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    257 Bob Imp!

    257 AI is the way to go in my opinion. Easy on the shoulder for shooting, will reach out there, and won't break the bank on reloading. As someone early on said, I'd go there.

    6.5-284 would be my next choice, personally. I currently am in the end stages of a 257 AI build, about to start a 338'06 A-Square, and am thinking about a 6.5-284 or 270 WSM next.

    270 WSM would be a great choice for you also.
     
  12. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    That 243 rem700 is a short action so your bound there. The 243 AI is as good a cartridge as I have ever shot for accuracy and efficiency. It is an awesome varmint/deer/antelope round. Larger calibers get pretty expensive shooting varmints a lot. Lots of really good choices in any caliber off that blown out 308 case though.
     
  13. Buzzsaw

    Buzzsaw Well-Known Member

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    my .02

    7mmWSM, 180gr Berger VLD @ 2800FPS Leave the case prep, fire forming, neck turning etc. to the benchrest guys.
     
  14. Supermag

    Supermag Well-Known Member

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    Slow twist 22-243.