lighter load for the wife?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Shooter98, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Shooter98

    Shooter98 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys, my wife is currently shooting a remington 770 in 270. She can get through about 15 rounds before her shoulder starts to hurt. I was considering buying her a new rifle in 223 but after crunching some numbers it appears I might be money ahead if I just have a barrel swap done. I was curious what the easiest kicking long action cartridge may be in you guys' opinions. Or, can you chamber a short action round using a long action gun? I'd love to make her a 22-250 out of her current rifle.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    First off, based on the title of the thread, there's a joke here, but I'm not going to go there.

    Second, can you rebarrel a 770? you might want to check with a gunsmith to be sure.

    Third, you can chamber a short action cartridge in a long action. So if you can rebarrel, you can go 22-250, 243, 260 etc.

    For what purpose will your wife use the rifle? Generally that is the determining factor in cartridge/bullet selection.
     

  3. Shooter98

    Shooter98 Well-Known Member

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    Yea I thought about retitling after I read it aloud lol....

    The rifle is a bench shooter only, no hunting.

    I can't seem to hardly find any info at all about a 770. According to the Remington web page the only difference is a new trigger, bolt and safety system from a 700.
     
  4. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    My wife shoots my 270 WSM like a rock star but not till I changed to a different stock that helped the rifle recoil better and I got her position behind the rifle correct, my rifle is 13-14lbs and that helps but I'm rocking full round house loads also.
    My buddy and I are working over his wifes 270 win right now because of recoil, his loads are harsh and the rifle is harsh. It now has a new finish and a good recoil pad and I'm re-crowning it and pillar bedding it, will also install an Edwards recoil reducer in the butt stock. The final thing is to load Barnes 110 TTSX bullets, this is a great little bullet for the 270win or 270 WSM, my WSM barely recoils with them but they are a full on hunting bullet, for just blowing lead down range I load up 110 V-max. I use R17 for these loads, I can get good to smoking velocity with lower recoil.
    I also think my wife needs a 260 AI with the new Lapua brass :D
     
  5. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    My sense is that the 770 is significantly different than the 700 (hence the significant difference in price).

    Check with a gunsmith that has been around for a while. They will know what's up. Kevin Cram is a great guy.... www.montourcountyrifles.com

    Even if the rifle is just a bench gun, consider the 243. With their heavier bullets, they will fight the wind better than the high-power 22s.
     
  6. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    Light loads suck and are dangerous. Go to your local ChinaMart and get the leather shoulder pad for one shoulder made by Bob Allen for 23.00 or so and have the wife wear it. It's perfect for women or light framed people. Mine got one and shoots 165s all day long out of her 30-06. It will make her 270 feel like a 223.
     
  7. Hookturnr

    Hookturnr Well-Known Member

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    Started the wife out with a borrowed .243.....she shot it well but a pinhole bullet failure at 70 yds led to her not retrieving her first deer. She decided she wanted to go 30/06 after that n does well with my model 70 but I talked her into needing an Abolt II Stainless stalker with BOSS in 25-06. Needless to say she has become DEADLY accurate by shooting with the brake on the range then going to the closed BOSS in the field! Gun shoots 1/2 MOA with a good handload and she doesn't think twice about pulling the trigger anymore. Pretty much eliminated her flinch error inside 20 rds. and she can punch 100 rds. downrange now and it doesn't bother her.
     
  8. comfisherman

    comfisherman Well-Known Member

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    22-250 would be your best bet for that bolt face, I have only seen the 770 in bi mart, to much plastic for my liking, there are a lot of smiths fairly close to albany. Run it by one of them to get an idea of weather or not they want to attack it. Might be better served loading some 110's on a starting load and see how it does.

    Now I just need to find a load that my wife can shoot from my 375ruger......
     
  9. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    Forget re-barreling a 770. The barrel is pressed in, not threaded. It is as close to a disposable rifle as anyone makes. It is serviceable for what it is, but there is not much that can be done without going to a lot of expense, which defeats the purpose of the budget rifle in the first place.

    If you want to change something, you are better off getting another rifle.

    If you don't wish to get another rifle, I think judicious handloading would be the best way to solve your problem. I would start with some bullets in the 90gr to 110gr weight range. Check out the Hodgdon website for load data. They show both starting and max loads for multiple powders and multiple bullets. You should have no trouble finding something that works for your wife in that data.