Short action build need help

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jeff 300, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    I have a short action that i want to build on i just don't know what would be the best round. i would like to shoot a 225-250gr bullet hopefuly around 2850fps this rifle would be for hunting out to 700 on mostly deer size animals may be a elk some day. so witch round would work the best???
    300 wsm, 338wsm, 338rcm, 338 fed, 338 ruger, 325 ruger any others i missed help me out here.
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Jeff

    The 325 WSM is a .323 (8 mm) and the largest bullet for 8mm is around 200gr
    in loaded factory ammo.

    If you have a 338 WSM made you have a better selection of bullets.

    In a short action you are somewhat limited to case capicity and the WSM's
    are about optimum.

    The 325 WSM has very good balistics and is worth looking at .

    PS; I looked and Woodledge,Sierra and swift make 220gr bullets in .323 (8mm).

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    how about a 375 caliber? 375WSM....barnes makes a 235 gr TSX. that would be a hammer!

    actually my pick would be a 338wsm. a 185 or 210TSX would be a short bullet and in a short action, you're gonna need all the help you can get.
     
  4. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    +1 338WSM if it's going to be a repeater.

    Otherwise, pick as big of a .338 as you want :D up to 338 Edge.

    AJ
     
  5. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    will it eject a round are do you have to pull the bolt??????????
     
  6. lazylabs

    lazylabs Well-Known Member

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    you would have to pull the bolt on a magnum length round.... may not even be that easy to load with an edge length round and the bolt in.
     
  7. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    My short action savage ejects an empty 338 Edge very well and so will a SA Remington. However, I just verified that I can't put a loaded 338 Edge round into the SA Remington, as the port is a little shorter than on the Savage.

    Edited: The Remington I tried to put the Edge round is a 243. The round was close to clearing the port, maybe a larger chamber would give it the extra few thou to load. Hopefully someone has a larger short action chambering that they could test.

    AJ
     
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  8. Cruizin

    Cruizin Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest taking a look at the 7mm WSM. With the 180 grain bullets you are good to 1k on deer and elk.