Varmint\Medium game rifle build caliber selection?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Stalker, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Stalker

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    I'm building a new rifle off an old Remington 721 action. The rifle will primarily be used for coyote, hogs, and deer (in that order) and enough power to take a mule deer if the opprotunity was ever available. I do want to stick with a long action round and something without a lot of recoil. Most shooting will be inside 200yds but I want enough killing power to go out to 500yds. I have a couple calliber options in mind but I'd like everyones opinions on what they'd use. It doesn't have to be a commercial cartridge but I want something I can easily get brass for. It will not be a long barreled rifle, 20-24" (the shorter the better). Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Hired Gun

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    Sounds like you are talking about the 25-06.
     

  3. Stalker

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    Definitely at the top of the list. Jusrt curious as to wheather there may be one I'm overlooking.
     
  4. 4bycamper

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    25-06 for a factory cartridge if that is important.
    6.5-06 for a way better bullet selection if you reload.

    I shoot a 25 wssm, same as a 25-06 in a short action. Very handy truck gun.
    What recoil?
     
  5. TH

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    Don't forget the 260 its perfect for a 22-24 inch barrel
     
  6. Stalker

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    Does it work well in a LA? Using remington DM, any feeding issues?
     
  7. 1100 Remington Man

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    25-06
     
  8. J E Custom

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    All good choices.

    I would add a 280 Rem to the list of possibles if you intend to hunt mule deer or
    something there size.

    With light bullets (90 to 100 grains) the velocity is over 3500 ft/sec.
    Bullets in the 130 to 140 can be pushed to 3000 ft/sec+ for deer.
    and 160 to 175 grain bullets are good for Elk size game out to 4 or 500 yards.

    The 280 is just a good all round cartrige and ammo is readily available at reasonable prices.

    Just a thought for an all round rifle that will do everything you want.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. Stalker

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    The 270 and 280 have both crossed my mind. I am however,leaning more in the direction of the 25-06 because of the lighter weight bullets available.
     
  10. OKIE2

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    For speed go the 25-06 ackley 87 gr at 3920 fps.
    for good BC bullets go 6.5 caliber the hornady 123 a-max has a .510 bc.
    My 6.5 Rem Mag shoots them at 3125 fps and will put 3 in one hole.
     
  11. Stalker

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    what will the ackley gain me over the standard 25-06? can I buy pre-formed brass or will i need to fire form it?
     
  12. OKIE2

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    the ackley will get you about 400 fps more over the standard 25-06
    and you don't need to worry about fire forming just load 25-06 standard cases and shoot it.
     
  13. Stalker

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    what about barrel life with the ackley?
     
  14. OKIE2

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    I had one that was built on a 98 mauser it only lasted me for 25 years
    so don't worry about it.