so here is my dilema, opinions please

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by joejo, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. joejo

    joejo Well-Known Member

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    so i plan on starting a new build this winter and i am having issues on caliber choice. i would like to use a short action rem or rem based action (ie stiller).
    my problem is this though, i really want to do a 6.5x55 because i have a rem classic chambered in this, and i think i could easily do 1000 yards with it in a properly built gun.
    does anyone know of any custom action that i can use that will feed the 6.5x55 in a short based action?

    other calibers i thought of were the 260 rem and the 6.5x47 and even the 6mmbr. all of these though just don't appeal as much to me.
    i know if i just go single shot the 6.5x55 will be fine for me in a short action, but i may hunt a bit with the gun so a repeater is my first choice.
    i looked at the hansen actions but i just don't like the saftey design, it's the looks that bother me.

    what should i do?

    the optics i will be using will be the nxs 8-32. as for a stock, i am still undecided, thumbhole laminate or mcmillan? barrel will most likely be a kreiger.
     
  2. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

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    Joejo,

    First why do you seem so set on using a short action?
    My opinion: (FWIW) pick the cartridge and build the rifle around it, and build it to do everything you want.
    Just my .02
    Jeff
     

  3. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

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    What are you trying to get out of the 6.5? I have a 6.5 Dasher (6.5x47imp) that will run 140g bergers at 3000fps out of a 22" barrel. The improved adds very little to the parent case but does add some. It is a very impressive caliber. It runs with my 6.5-06 with 15g less powder. That is where I would go. I think it is the niftiest caliber out there until you get into the big 30's and 338's.

    Steve
     
  4. joejo

    joejo Well-Known Member

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    because all other calibers that i may want to go with in the future are short action. basicaly i am looking into the future under the assumption that i will need to rebarrel, and chances are i will want another caliber.



    i want to push 130-140 bergers at ~3000fps accurately. not just fire them out at speed. i also want it to shoot in the 3's or 4's at 100 yards.
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Have you though about the WSMs ?

    They will fit in the short actions Even the Mod 7 and 673 Remington's

    The 7 WSM will push a 140 gr bullet over 3300 ft/sec.

    Case capacity is + or - 70 grains of powder depending on type.

    0f the 4 WSMs (270,7mm,300 and 325) I like the 7 WSM the best and in a light
    weight rifle it is a great package.

    Just something to think about.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. trebark

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    What's the hang-up with wanting a repeater so bad? I have a 260...

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-260-mcr-59628/

    It is my long-range rig for varmints (as far as I can see) and deer out to 900 yards. It is a single shot. I have no problem getting a second round in the chamber quickly.

    My next build is a 300RUM and it will be a single shot. It will also be a dedicated long-range rig and a single shot.

    I do not/will not feel handicapped by either of these rifles being single-shot.

    Now if you're building a carry-rifle, then you will probably want a repeater. Here's my 280rem carry-rifle....

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-280-updated-32771/

    In terms of caliber, my approach is a bit different than one stated earlier. Rather than choosing the cartridge, I choose the bullet I want to shoot, then find the cartridge that will drive it at the velocity I 'need'.

    Since it sounds as though you want a 6.5mm (they are badass!) there's little that a 6.5Swede won't do. You can shoot 142SMK, 140 and 130VLD really fast (3000fps +)
     
  7. joejo

    joejo Well-Known Member

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    To elaborate a bit on what i want:


    6.5mm


    short action ( bc if i want to change caliber back to my favorite,(22-250)
    i won't need another action

    .3's to low .4's at 100 yards, and be more than capable of shooting 1000 yards accurately. i am not a benchrest guy but i want to compete in the local groundhog matches.

    prefer something that i can buy quality brass for without the need to reform

    able to push a 130 berger at 3000 fps
     
  8. joejo

    joejo Well-Known Member

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    i have thought about the short mags but haven't really been a fan. just my opinion. thanks for the input though
     
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  10. trebark

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    Easy....6.5x55 Swede

    It will easily push the 130VLD at 3000+ (my 260 shoots 140VLD at 3019).

    The 6.5mm also has accuracy potential to shoot .4 or better (my 260 shoots .25)

    Also, you can get the BEST brass....Lapua...in 6.5x55 Swede

    http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/pid=37383/Product/Lapua_Brass___6_5x55_Swedish__100_ct
     
  11. RockyMtnMT

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    The 6.5x47 Lap will do everything you want, and you won't want to change back.

    Steve
     
  12. loaders_loft

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    For the swede you will need a long action. If you want a short action then do a 26" 260 Or a 6.5x47 or 6.5 creedemore long barrel (28 +). But if you are going with a long action then do a 6.5x284norma or 6.5-06. Too many choices?
     
  13. trueblue

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    I will have to agree with RockyMtnMT on both of his posts.
    If 3000fps with the 130gr VLD is your goal, then the 6.5x47 Lapua is a great choice,but you can't go wrong with any 6.5 as far as I am concerned.
    I would not be worried about LA or SA as far as rebarreling later, just build the rifle you want. You will get plenty of barrel life out of a 6.5, and when it's time to rebarrel you may have change your mind on things completely..
     
  14. joejo

    joejo Well-Known Member

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    i just seem to have an undying love for the 22-250, so i am afraid of a long action because if i ever rebarrel it, will prob be to go back to the 22-250.