Rebarrel options?

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  1. Daves762

    Daves762 Well-Known Member

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    TWO QUESTIONS


    #1 I'm shooting 308 with at least 1000rds through the tube. Should I change the barrel before I try to start working on loads with the long range stuff so that I'm starting everything from scratch? Yes Yes I know 308 isn't the best long range caliber.

    #2 with a standard Remington 700 short action chambered in 308 can I rebarrel in say 7mm WSM??? or do I have to get a stronger action?

    Thanks in advance.
     

  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    1. Depending on how much you shoot your 308, you should get 3000+ rounds of life out of it. Given that, I would suggest you go ahead with load development as you have plenty of barrel life left. (also, the 308 is a great long range cartridge. It does have its limitations depending on the task at hand, but all cartridges have that)

    2. You can build a 7wsm on a 308 action. The only thing you will need to have done is to open up the bolt face.
     

  3. Daves762

    Daves762 Well-Known Member

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    Great thanks!!

    Im hittin clay pigeons at 500yds now with the 178 Amax. I hunt in CA mountains and have 800+ yard shots every year. Since the "effective range" of the 308 as listed by the USMC is 875 I was considering the 270 or 7mm WSM.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    You're right, that shooting at deer beyond 800 with the 308 is pushing the limits of the cartridge.

    Given the choice between 270wsm or 7wsm, I would recommend the 7mm. Look at the BC of the 168 and 180VLDs - they crush any 270 bullet.

    Also, if barrel life is an issue to you, consider the 300wsm too.
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    +1

    The 7 WSM has a good bullet selection and is very close in velocity to the 7mm Rem Mag.

    The WSMs are about the most you can get out of a short action and they need 26" + of barrel.
    And the 700 action will handle it with ease.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    The 7mm bullets in no way crush what is coming out recently for the 270, quite the opposite!!!
     
  7. Daves762

    Daves762 Well-Known Member

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    Very good news. Thanks.

    Now for the money question.

    Anyone know a good gunsmith in San Diego area that you guys would trust with said rebarreling and bolt mods?????

    Modify bolt and true to action, rebarrel with 26" + high quality medium wieght barrel, and I guess I need a fancy stock too.....
     
  8. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    trebark Well-Known Member

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    168VLD BC = .648
    180VLD BC = .698

    What 270 bullet can touch that? the 150VLD BC = .545
     
  10. Daves762

    Daves762 Well-Known Member

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    Wow looking att he pictures that guy does some good work.

    What barrel manufacturer did you use?

    Sorry for the questions but It's my first custom rifle and There is a million options so Im in the dark.
     
  11. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Both are Brux Barrels

    Lots of options out there though, Brux, Broughton, Krieger....the list goes on and on.
     
  12. Daves762

    Daves762 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info.

    Last question........ Can I barrow $800.00 please.....???
     
  13. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    "borrow" implies that you might pay it back!