Re-barrel caliber suggestions please.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by scotsgun, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. scotsgun

    scotsgun Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    103
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    So i have an old Winchester 70 Featherweight in 22-250 with a burnt out barrel collecting dust at the back of the cupboard. I'd like to do something with it and was considering a synthetic stock, trigger job and re-barrel. Ideally i'd like to have a rifle that i can use on the occasional mid sized deer (Roe deer here in Europe) and fox. Say 300-600yds.

    So, what caliber would you have it re-barrelled in?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Cheers
     
  2. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    770
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    I'd agree that 22-250 isn't a good choice for deer at 600 yards. My choice would be 6.5x47 Lapua. It won't require bolt or magazine modification, just a new barrel. Compare it's wind deflection and delivered energy to other cartridges which would easily fit the action. Only change the stock if it doesn't fit YOU. Also keep the same barrel contour and length and finish. Win 70 triggers of that vintage were excellent.
     

  3. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,480
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    .243 Winchester.? or maybe a 257 Roberts..?? or maybe even a .260 Remington..??
     
  4. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    297
    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    I'm thinking 6.5x47 Lapua for same reasons as Lou gave.
     
  5. sj-pratt

    sj-pratt Official LRH Sponsor

    Messages:
    125
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2006
    I can't wait t get the new accubond VLD, I have built 15 6.5x47 Lapua and believe with the new bullets it will only get better for deer sized game at extended ranges.
     
  6. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,370
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    I'd do an improved version of the parent, a 250-3000 AI.
     
  7. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    479
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    I would go 6.5 or 6mm.

    either a 6.5x47L 6x47L or 243
     
  8. Nimrodmar10

    Nimrodmar10 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    785
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    You might want a little more power and try the 6.5-284 Norma. It too uses the same bolt face as the 22-250 and fits the short action. It duplicates the ballistics of the 6.5-06.
     
  9. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,728
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    I would turn that thing into my walking, hunting rifle in 6mmBR. Keep the stock but lightly sand and re-finish, keep barrel contour the same but add 2-4 inches and get the 1-8" twist.
    As others on here will attest; the 6mmBR is stupid accurate. It's almost unbelieveable just how accurate this little 6mm is! (check out www.6mmBR.com)
    JohnnyK.
     
  10. scotsgun

    scotsgun Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    103
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Thanks for the advice , guys. You've given me some options to mull over.
     
  11. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,068
    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Another vote for the 6.5x47 for reasons mentioned. The 6.5x284 is a great cartridge but would be very crowded in a SA with long high BC bullets.

    You might be able to tune the trigger yourself. I've got an M 70 Coyote in 22-250 and was able to tune the trigger to a crisp 1 lb. Your's looks a good bit older though so it might be a different trigger?
     
  12. bronco

    bronco Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    153
    Joined:
    May 24, 2012
    As you know Roe deer are small. For those who don't, we're talking 40-80lbs LIVE weight.

    I would go with a 6mm variant. There are a lot of options. I personally shoot 243 and 243 AI. Check out 6mmbr.com

    If you do go bigger than 6mm, the 6.5x47 would be my only choice.
     
  13. Oldfart

    Oldfart Member

    Messages:
    17
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2012
    I have winchester like yours in 243 I nocked the magazine block out filed the bolt stop back the same length as the block and put a muaser follower in it got a new barrel in 284 over all maggazine length is 3.2 inches work out great 6.5 284 you bet