Need help choosing a caliber

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by midwesthunter, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    OK, I thought I had my mind made up on a 7mmSTW with a 30" barrel. But more and more people tell me that I will have to re-barrel at about 1,000 rounds. I'm working with a model 700 action with a 8mm mag bolt face. Not wanting to really change the bolt face. i'm looking for a nice smooth custom build. I will be punching paper and using for anything from groundhogs up. I have another 8mm mag so don't need a large caliber. Just looking for a caliber that will shoot flat and decent speed. but not trash a barrel. What are my options?
     
  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    Most calibres with a mag bolt face are going to burn out a barrel. You could go down to 7mm rem mag ad get a couple of hundred rounds extra, or go to 338 edge.
    How many rounds do you expect to shoot each year? How long will it take you to shoot 1000 rounds?

    Stu.
     

  3. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Might take me 2-3 years to shoot that many rounds. I have been thinking of doing a 338 edge also. Wasn't sure If I could use the donor action I have?
     
  4. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    A 338 edge is a magnum bolt face, should be no problems. Maybe get an extended magazine box. The feed rails may need to be opened as the Edge is a fatter cartridge.

    Stu.
     
  5. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. I think in the long run the edge would be a better choice. Will be placing a order on the barrel soon.
     
  6. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    You said groundhogs and up? Up to what? If it is up to deer size why not build a 6mm Norma BR.? It is one of the most accurate rounds out to 1,000 yds. I built one for hunting and it has shot 2 5 shot groups at 200 yds in the low .3s" and almost all the other groups were under 1/2". May get 10,000 rounds out of it before you need a new barrel. I killed an 8 pt. buck with it at 200 yds and had a complete pass through the neck spine and out through the leg bone on the other side.

    If you don't need such a big bore rifle get one you will really have fun with.

    joseph

    PS: I'm going to hunt antelope & mule deer with it this fall in Wyoming.
     
  7. soundwaves

    soundwaves Well-Known Member

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    l dont know man 8 mm's are cool if l were you l would go classic and get some ww2 action 7.9 MAUSER great lookin round. if you want performance l would go 8*68sgun)
     
  8. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

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    6BR isn't gonna fit on his boltface...
     
  9. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    Change the bolt face. Can't you get a new bolt that would work???

    gt40

    PS: My whole build only cost me $1443.00 total.
     
  10. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    For the 6BR, I already have a 6.5-284.
    And for groundhogs up to? Elk would prob be the biggest game I would chase with it.
     
  11. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    Groundhogs to elk ? How about a 300 Win Mag? 110gr to 220gr.
    Hard to beat.
     
  12. 4xforfun

    4xforfun Well-Known Member

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    I have a dasher ( baisicly a 6 BR imp.) I use as a back up at 1000 yd matches. For deer season I bolt the bbld action into a hunting stock. 2 years ago my youngest (8 at the time) smoked a large doe at 514 yards. 105 berger VLD at 2950. Took out both sholders and exited!!

    It realy is all you need, ........but..........I like a little overkill:D:D. Something between a 7mmsaum up to a big 338.
     
  13. 3fingervic

    3fingervic Well-Known Member

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    What about the .300 WSM? I think that would work too.
     
  14. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    +1, Sure would. What's the case diameter of the 8mm Mag? Maybe the 300 WSM would be a better choice for a feeding from a magazine .