Re-barreling a Rem 700

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  1. elkslayerjc

    elkslayerjc Active Member

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    So I have an older Rem 700 BDL in 30-06 and the barrel is worn out and I want to re-barrel with a different caliber. I am trying to find out what calibers I can go to with the action that I have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to build a long range rifle..... Thanks gun)
     
  2. NomadPilot

    NomadPilot Well-Known Member

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    Spell out your uses for the rifle and you'll get a lot more helpful responses. Hunting? Target? What game and range? Factory or reload? Wildcats ok? Your cartridge options are exceedingly long, so best to narrow it down somewhat.
     

  3. elkslayerjc

    elkslayerjc Active Member

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    O.k.......so this will be a hunting rifle, mainly for deer out to 1000 yards. I will be hand loading for this new rifle as well. Wildcat calibers will be considered.
     
  4. Dean2506

    Dean2506 Well-Known Member

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    I would take a look at the 280 Ackley Improved. You will get velocities near the 7mm rem mag and wont have the belt to contend with.
     
  5. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Any long action caliber. Some are drop in fits, others require opening the bolt face, extended magazines, etc. Pick a caliber with the same bolt face and COAL and you have a drop in. Refer to your loading manual or the sticky thread, at the top of the section, regarding cartidge interchangeability.

    Tell us what you're thinking of and I can provide specific requirements.
     
  6. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    +1

    The 280 or the 280 AI would be a very good choice and would require very little modification.

    With a properly set up 280 AI chamber , you could buy factory ammo to hunt with and fire form
    it at the same time. Accuracy can be well below 1 MOA while fire forming to the more powerful
    AI version.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  7. elkslayerjc

    elkslayerjc Active Member

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    Thanks for all of your input, I will look into the 280 AI for sure. Im a huge fan of the .284 caliber. Thanks......
     
  8. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    Here is a list of cartridges that you can rebarrel your rifle to without changing mag or boltface dimensions. Some of them are wildcats and some are commercially produced. I didn't see the 270Win listed but I am sure it is also feesible but wasn't listed because of it's minutely longer OAL.
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    1. .17/22-250
    .172 1.917 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    2. .20 BR
    .204 1.530 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    3. .22 BR Norma
    .224 1.560 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    4. .22 Benchrest Remington (BR)
    .224 1.520 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    5. .22 Cheetah
    .224 1.996 .471 [Compare case diagrams]

    6. .22 Dasher
    .224 1.558 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    7. .22 MDK
    .224 1.260 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    8. .22-243 Middlestead
    .224 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    9. .22-243 Winchester
    .224 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    10. .22-250 Ackley Improved
    .224 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    11. .22-250 Remington
    .224 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    12. .220 Howell
    .224 2.400 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    13. .224 Clark
    .224 2.237 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    14. .224 Texas Trophy Hunter
    .224 2.233 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    15. .224 X 284 ALS
    .224 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    16. 5.6x57mm RWS
    .224 2.232 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    17. .22 Newton
    .228 2.225 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    18. 5.6x61mm Vom Hofe SE
    .228 2.393 .477 [Compare case diagrams]

    19. .240 NMC
    .243 1.916 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    20. .243 Ackley Improved
    .243 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    21. .243 Winchester
    .243 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    22. .244 (6mm) Ackley Improved
    .243 2.233 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    23. .244 Remington (6mm Remington)
    .243 2.233 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    24. 6-08 Liles
    .243 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    25. 6-6.5x47mm Lapua
    .243 1.850 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    26. 6mm BS (Baby Shehane)
    .243 1.570 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    27. 6mm Benchrest Remington
    .243 1.560 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    28. 6mm Competition Match
    .243 2.055 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    29. 6mm Dasher
    .243 1.558 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    30. 6mm International
    .243 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    31. 6mm Norma BR
    .243 1.5598 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    32. 6mm-06 Ackley Improved
    .243 2.502 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    33. 6mm-06
    .243 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    34. 6mm-284 Winchester
    .243 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    35. 6mm/250 AI
    .243 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    36. 6mm/250 Improved (30°)
    .243 1.920 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    37. 6mmXC
    .243 1.911 .471 [Compare case diagrams]

    38. 6x57mm Mauser
    .243 2.230 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    39. 6x62mm Freres
    .243 2.4311 .4754 [Compare case diagrams]

    40. 6x62mm Freres
    .243 2.4311 .4754 [Compare case diagrams]

    41. 6mm-BR Improved UBL
    .244 1.565 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    42. 6x47mm Swiss Match
    .244 1.850 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    43. .25 Gibbs
    .257 2.500 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    44. .25-06 Ackley Improved
    .257 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    45. .25-06 Mashburn Improved
    .257 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    46. .25-06 Remington
    .257 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    47. .25-08/.25 Souper
    .257 2.045 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    48. .25-284
    .257 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    49. .250 Savage (.250-3000)
    .257 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    50. .250-3000 Ackley Improved
    .257 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    51. .257 Ackley Improved
    .257 2.233 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    52. .257 Improved (RCBS 28°)
    .257 2.203 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    53. .257 Roberts
    .257 2.233 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    54. 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser
    .263 2.165 .479 [Compare case diagrams]

    55. .256 Newton
    .264 2.450 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    56. .260 Remington AI
    .264 2.035 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    57. .260 Remington Shortened
    .264 1.768 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    58. .260 Remington
    .264 2.035 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    59. .265 RCBS
    .264 2.500 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    60. 6.5 Benchrest (BR)
    .264 1.520 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    61. 6.5 Creedmoor
    .264 1.920 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    62. 6.5 x .250 Bush
    .264 1.912 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    63. 6.5-06 A-Square
    .264 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    64. 6.5-06 Ackley Improved
    .264 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    65. 6.5mm-284 Norma
    .264 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    66. 6.5x47mm Lapua
    .264 1.850 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    67. 6.5x55mm Improved
    .264 2.165 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    68. 6.5x57mm Mauser
    .264 2.232 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    69. .270 Gibbs
    .277 2.500 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    70. .270 Hull & Standen ECHO
    .277 1.915 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    71. .270 Schuster (.270 SCH)
    .277 1.924 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    72. .270 Titus Savage / .270 Evans
    .277 1.880 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    73. .270-284
    .277 2.220 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    74. .270-308
    .277 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    75. .270/.257 Ackley Improved
    .277 2.253 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    76. .280 British
    .284 1.703 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    77. .284 Winchester
    .284 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    78. .285 O.K.H.
    .284 2.490 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    79. 7mm Benchrest Remington
    .284 1.520 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    80. 7mm Champ
    .284 1.325 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    81. 7mm Mauser (7x57)
    .284 2.235 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    82. 7mm-08 Ackley Improved
    .284 2.035 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    83. 7mm-08 Remington
    .284 2.035 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    84. 7x57 Ackley Improved
    .284 2.235 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    85. 7mm IHMSA
    .285 1.866 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    86. .30 BR Remington
    .308 1.520 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    87. .30 Gibbs
    .308 2.460 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    88. .30 Hull & Standen Long Neck
    .308 2.455 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    89. .30 Thompson/Center
    .308 1.910 .467 [Compare case diagrams]

    90. .30-06 Ackley Improved
    .308 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    91. .30-06 JDJ
    .308 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    92. .30-284
    .308 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    93. .300 ICL Tornado
    .308 2.230 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    94. .300 Savage
    .308 1.871 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    95. .308 Ackley Improved
    .308 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    96. .308 Marlin Express
    .308 1.920 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    97. .308 Winchester (7.62mm NATO)
    .308 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    98. .308x1.5" Barnes
    .308 1.500 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    99. .30x47mm HBR15
    .308 1.845 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    100. 7.65x53mm Argentine Mauser
    .311 2.100 .476 [Compare case diagrams]

    101. 7.7mm Japanese
    .311 2.274 .472 [Compare case diagrams]

    102. 8x57mm J Commission
    .318 2.240 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    103. 7.92x33 Kurz
    .320 1.299 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    104. .328 Mitchell (8mm/308)
    .323 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    105. 8mm Mauser (8x57 JS)
    .323 2.240 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    106. 8mm-06
    .323 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    107. 8mm/06 Ackley Improved
    .323 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    108. 8x60S RWS
    .323 2.362 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    109. .318 Westley Richards
    .330 2.390 .465 [Compare case diagrams]

    110. .338 AHS
    .338 2.240 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    111. .338 Federal
    .338 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    112. .338 Nicholson
    .338 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    113. .338 TPC
    .338 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    114. .338 Whisper
    .338 1.520 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    115. .338-06 A-Square
    .338 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    116. .338-06 Ackley Improved
    .338 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    117. .338-284 Canadian KCG
    .338 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    118. .340 Jaden
    .338 2.440 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    119. 8.5x63
    .338 2.480 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    120. 9x57mm Mauser
    .356 2.210 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    121. .357 Auto Mag
    .357 1.298 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    122. .38-45 Clerke
    .357 .898 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    123. .35 Brown-Whelen
    .358 2.456 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    124. .35 Gibbs
    .358 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    125. .35 Whelen Ackley-Improved
    .358 2.484 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    126. .35 Whelen
    .358 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    127. .358 Winchester
    .358 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    128. .358-284
    .358 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    129. 9.3x57mm Mauser
    .366 2.224 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    130. 9.3x62mm Mauser
    .366 2.441 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    131. .375-08 Jaguar
    .375 2.015 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    132. .375-08
    .375 1.996 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    133. .375-284
    .375 2.170 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    134. 9.5x57mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer
    .378 2.244 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    135. .40 Super
    .400 .991 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    136. .41 Avenger
    .410 .950 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    137. .416-06 JDJ
    .416 2.494 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    138. .44 Auto Mag
    .429 1.298 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    139. 11.35mm Schouboe
    .446 .716 .472 [Compare case diagrams]

    140. .45 Remington-Thompson
    .447 1.120 .471 [Compare case diagrams]

    141. .45 Automatic Short
    .451 .860 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    142. .45 ACP
    .452 .898 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    143. .45 Glock Automatic Pistol
    .452 .760 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    144. .45 Super®
    .452 .900 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    145. .45 Winchester Magnum
    .452 1.198 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    146. .450 Bushmaster
    .452 1.703 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    147. .450 SMC
    .452 .900 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    148. .460 Rowland
    .452 .975 .480 [Compare case diagrams]

    149. .458 SOCOM
    .458 1.575 .473 [Compare case diagrams]

    150. .475 Wildey Magnum
    .475 1.198 .470 [Compare case diagrams]

    151. .50 GI
    .500 .899 .480 [Compare case diagrams]
     
  9. elkslayerjc

    elkslayerjc Active Member

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    Dennis, thanks so much for all that info. Lots to choose from. Not sure which one I will go with to make the 1000 yard+ shot. Thanks again!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    If you are serious about building a 1000 yd shooter you could do a lot worse than the 6.5-284Norma. It has been proving itself in long range competition, at least there have been magazine articles about them. I have a Ruger 77 tang safe chambered in 25/06Rem that I am considering a rebarrel and might go with a 6.5mm. I have been considering the 6.5-284 and the 6.5-06 A-square.
     
  11. Bughole

    Bughole Well-Known Member

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    I have a 280 AI that was originally a 270 win. The ballistics are within 40-50 fps of the 7mm mag with hunting weight bullets in the 145 - 150 gr. class. The rifle is a tack driver capable of 1/4 minute accuracy. Unfortunately the smith that built mine is no longer in business, he had a kick ass reamer for the 280 AI and built many fine shooting rifles.