Remington 700 7mm-08 Build

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by cbeau, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. cbeau

    cbeau New Member

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    Hey guys Im new to the forum so bear with me haha Im tryin to learn as much as possible and need your guys's help.

    Im startin a long range rifle build for long range whitetail hunting. This rifle will be also used for shooting steel and woodchucks. I want to be able to shoot out to 1000 accurately. A 1 MOA rifle out to a thousand yards is what im tryin to do. I just have a few questions.
    What do you think about the 7mm-08 as a long range caliber? Let me know of some similar calibers too because im not certain what caliber i want to use.

    The gun will be a remington 700 action with a Bell and Carlson Medalist a2 Tactical stock. With new trigger, barrel, and glass. Any help you guys could give me with load development, barrel choices and lengths, what scope to use, and any useful information you have to share would be greatly appreciated. I do reload and have had good luck reloading for my other rifles getting them to shoot clover leaf groups at 100 yards so reloading rounds isnt an issue.
    Thanks.gun)
     
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    436 Well-Known Member

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    The 7.08 Rem is a very nice caliber. I won one many years ago in a rifle match, when the M700 BDL's first came out in a heavy barrel model. I no longer own the rifle, but I must say it was a very nice long range combo. As 7's go, it's has range and is light recoiling. Unless you doing some serious long range match shooting with the cartridge, pretty much any up to date reloading manual can get you more than enough reloading data for the cartridge. As I recall it was originally thought of as a steel Ram cartridge that NRA Rifle Silhouette started, which I believe originated out of Mexico. Anyway it’s a very good cartridge.Good luck.
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  3. cbeau

    cbeau New Member

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    thanks. Im going to go with a 24" inch barrel. Not super heavy but somewhere around a heavy sporter or a little better. What do you think about a twist rate for the 7.08? I ve heard 1 in 9.25" will push the heavier 160 grainers without any trouble. I wanna shoot the 140 grain VLD s possibly.
     
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    284 Winchester is definitely a way to go to give you little more umph! You want a straight 1:9 twist.
     
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    Your twist 1.9.25" should work fine, as bullet start reaching 160gr and up to say 175gr some folks say the 1-9 twist might be better. The 1.9 twist is usually found in rifles like the 7x57mm which were set up for the 175gr bullets original. Going much heaver than 140gr seem to defeat the purpose of the cartridge, you have to start seating very deep into the case and/or have a lot of magazine room and long throat in the rifle.
    As for moving up to a higher performance cartridge... like the 284 Win, 280 Rem or 7mm WSM you might as well just jump to a 7mm Rem Mag and have done with it.
    Me’.., I had a Winchester M70 Featherweight in 7x57mm I shot mostly 175gr round nose in it. Wish now I’d never sold that rifle, a great Whitetail rifle, and timber Elk rifle
    Good Luck
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  7. cbeau

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    Well I keep changing my mind. I wanted to chamber this gun in 7mm-08, .284, and now I keep looking at the 6.5x47 caliber. I ve decided that I just want to shoot very accurately up to about 800 yards. Is that possible with the 6.5x47? And what do you think is the maximum distance to take down deer or other thin skinned game like that? Any feedback is greatly appreciated guys. gun)
     
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    liltank Well-Known Member

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    The 6.5x47 will get you to 800 very accurately. They use this same caliber for 1000yd competition. Using a 140 A-max or something similar in design and weight bullet make it a good 800yd rifle. The 123gr are also a very good choice for this caliber. There is a member on this sight that has taken his out to 12 or 1300 yards using 123 Scenar's or SMK's. Forget which one.

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  9. cbeau

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    Oh dang! Now Im really leaning towards the 6.5x47. Its going to be a long range steel shooter, varmint gun, and deer rifle. With what Ive heard about this caliber Im getting really pumped to get this project started. What do you guys think about a stock to this gun. I ve heard that the laminate stocks are good but Ive heard the same thing about the Bell and Carlson, Manners, HS Precision stocks too. I really like the looks of a nice laminate stock but I want what will help get me the best accuracy.
     
  10. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Can't go wrong with any of them really. B&C is a great starting point. They are the cheapest of the aftermarket and work well.

    Here is mine during a paint job:
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    It was OD Grn, but decided to spruce her up a little for F-class competition this year. If I could afford it, I would go Manners, McMillian, or the XLR. I really, really like the idea of the XLR. But these are your top end stocks and are going to be the best at what they are.

    The laminates are just as accurate if done properly. A couple of good pillars and a good bedding job will make it shoot as good as any others. If you like the wood, go for it. Nothing wrong with that. In some instances they are cheaper than the fiberglass stocks. It's really what you want. A good clear coat will protect from moisture and warping.

    I have a dream build in mind in the 6.5x47 Lapua. I really want to build one. Might be my next rifle, but for now I am focusing on trying to build a little 250AI Savage or 257AI Roberts for my sons first rifle. Got to get some bills paid first.

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