Rebarrel hunting rifle.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by banjo318, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Ive got a 7mm rem mag that i use for anything past 500 yards that i keep in the truck in case we see something from the truck out in the field. It is too heavy to pack, thats why i keep it in the truck. A 7mm rem mag is a good long range hunting round, i know. But i consider it the bare minimum (no pun intended) for that type of work. What is a caliber that i can switch to when i rebarrel that is in 30 caliber or 338 but has the same bolt face? It must be at the least, equal to a 300 win mag in energy. Would a 338 winchester magnum be any better than my 7 mag or a 300 mag? Any answer appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. ultraedge

    ultraedge Well-Known Member

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    .300 ultra, .300 Weatherby,.338 ultra, or .338 edge.
     

  3. SaskShooter

    SaskShooter Well-Known Member

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    Funny how "ultraedge" suggests the .300 and .338 Ultra and .338 edge....:rolleyes:

    They're fine choices.
     
  4. bubba41

    bubba41 Well-Known Member

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    338 edge
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I would look into the 7mmSTW if you want to keep the .284 caliber, but reach on out there, honestly. I love my STW. You should read up about the caliber if you don't know much about it. The ballistics are quite impressive. Especially pushing the heavy Berger 180 VLD's for long-range.
     
  6. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah i know of the 7 stw. What is the barrel life on that? Where on earth can you get brass for it?
     
  7. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    What about the 7mm RUM? What kind of barrel life does that have?
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Barrel life is probably 1,500+ shots. And brass can be found from Nosler, Remington, and if you get in a pinch you can buy some 8mm Remington Mag and put them in your FL sizing die and neck them down.

    Right now brass is fairly scarce, but so is everything else. But once this all blows over, you'll be able to pick up brass online all over the place. If you check the For Sale section here, you will see STW brass quite often for a fair price. For example the other week I picked up some from a fairly local guy (once-fired) for an awesome price. Got nearly 100 brass for about $65.00. And they were all Federal headstamp. And half of them were nickle-plated brass.
     
  9. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    If I'm not mistaken a 7 mag is a 3.4" standard action with a .532" boltface. Many of the suggestions are for a RUM or STW and those will require a 3.6" magnum action.

    First question would be how much magazine room do you have?

    Second question would be how large is your ejection port?

    I have rebarreled 3 win mag actions,

    1 into a 6.5 rem mag (short action case but works great seating those long 6.5 bullets way out there)

    1 into a 338 RUM but I had an extra large magazine with an interior dimension that would take a 3.685" OAL

    1 into a 375 Ruger which is made for a 3.4" mag and action
     
  10. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    i can change the bolt face and there is plenty of room with the ejection port
     
  11. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    and it has the same bolt face.
     
  12. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    The question I have is what is the donor rifle? Some rifles fit cartridges way better that others. If it is a Savage or a Remington I would suggest something off the Dakota cases 7mm,300,330. If it was a weatherby mark V the sky is the limit.
     
  13. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    I realize the bolt face is the same or close but what is the interior dimensions of the magazine?

    IOW the approx OALs are:

    7 mag - 3.3"
    7 STW - 3.6"
    300 RUM - 3.6"
    338 RUM - 3.6"


    catch the drift? Your mag may not be long enough for those suggested
     
  14. banjo318

    banjo318 Well-Known Member

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    Everyone here knows how great the 338 lapua is. But we all know how expensive it is too. But the 338 win mag is just a mere 200 fps behind the lapua. Would this be a good choice too?