What more do I need?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Sully2, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    AT PRESENT:
    Rem 700; 22-250; VLS Varmint model; 26” heavy Brl with
    Leupold 6-18X fine X hair scope

    Stiller; 22-250; “walking varminter”; 24” Brux brl #4 taper
    Zeiss 4.5-14 scope

    Rem 700; 243 VLS varmint model, 26” heavy Brl with
    Zeiss 4.5-14 scope

    Rem 700; 6mmBR caliber; (single shot) Shehane Tracker-Varmint stock
    Brux heavy barrel; 6.5-18 Zeiss scope

    Stiller; 25-06AI; Laminated stock from Stockies; Brux #4 barrel
    Nikon 4.5-14 w/side focus

    Rem 700; 260 caliber w/heavy barrel (Brux) Remington VLS
    Laminated stock; Zeiss 6.5-18 scope

    Coming to a gun vault near me….Stiller TAC action in caliber
    7mm-08 with a Brux #3 taper stainless barrel and Jewel trigger
    in a brn laminated Stockies stock and a 6.5-18 Zeiss on top

    So with all that out of the way...what caliber from 22 to under .30 do I need or should have? Health prevents me from an African safari or a mountainous Elk hunt....but I can sit and shoot gophers and such all day long...*S*

    Help me out fellas.
     
  2. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Ya need a good 222 rem, maybe build a look a like to a rem 40x? It was the benchrest cartridge of choice before the 6ppc. It also shot the smallest 5 shot group ever, .009" CTC at 100 yards shot by a McMillan (forgot the first name). That or a 6.5x47 Lapua.
     

  3. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    A 222 for target work..? Maybe?? Dont need the 6.5 x 47 Lapua with the 260 Rem in the vault.
     
  4. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    the 222 rem has lapua brass and would be an awesome prairie dog or gopher rifle, awesome accuracy and a nice mild chambering that wont burn a barrel out in 3 rounds lol.
     
  5. 300 ultra

    300 ultra Well-Known Member

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    I love my 204 Ruger. I shoot it more then my 22-250 anymore. That seems like it would fit in your rotation nicely.
     
  6. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Ive been thinking about one of those. Made on say a Model 7 action??shorter ( maybe 20") barrel.....thin..whispy sort of stick. Premium trigger in it and may even keep or make it as an ADL model ( no bottom metal at all)....The idea lingers in my pea brain!
     
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    You're missing several... :D

    .257 Wby Mag
    .280 AI
    7mm RemMag
    7mm STW
    .308 Win
    .300 WinMag
    .338 Lapua

    I think you'd have it about covered if you got those.
     
  8. lightflight

    lightflight Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the 204 Ruger
     
  9. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I said..or at least think I said...not 30 cal or larger.

    Ive got the 25-06AI to fill in the spot of the 257 Wetherby
    7mm-06 to cover me for 7mm RemMag
    Dont want a "ShootingTimesWestern" anything ( Of any caliber)
     
  10. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Im seriously pondering a .204 caliber. In a light easy to carry "shorter range" gun because my 22-250 Hv Bbl Shoots as well as a 204 and can hit even further out.
     
  11. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    204 Ruger is a good call!
     
  12. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I think so personally. Especially for a lighter weight walking around rifle / scope. Put say a 2-7X on top and it would be as light as a BB gun..*S*

    If Im after "pasture grizzles" at longer ranges Im pulling out my 22-250 cause Ive seen what it can do...but wayyyyy to heavy to be dragging all over creation
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Sully, I hate to disagree with you on this, since we agree on everything else...

    But, a 7mm-08 will never compare with a 7mm RemMag. I have had 3 7Mags (still have 2 of them, 1 got stolen), and still have my old 7mm-08 that I've had for 15 years now. The 7mm-08 is an excellent caliber for deer hunting...But it is not, and never will be quite on par with the 7mm RemMag and no where near the STW or RUM.

    I think you're on track to a nice collection, and I can see you are a fan of the smaller bore calibers. I own a couple myself, and had a few in the past.

    Even though you don't want anything .30 or larger, it appears you like short-action calibers. I feel everyone needs a heavy barrel .308 Win sitting in the stable for range shooting. The barrels last incredibly long, and reloading components are readily available just about everywhere. Under 50gr of powder means it's cheap to reload.

    I did notice you also didn't have any 6.5's listed... The 6.5x284 Norma is a great little round for deer and LR shooting. And Lapua makes brass for it, which is also a huge plus, IMO.

    If you don't mind me prying a little bit...What do you not like about the STW calibers? Sorry, but it struck my curiosity...

    Once again, this is just giving my opinions, like you asked, and asking a couple questions. In the end it is your call, I was just trying to be helpful.
     
  14. westcliffe01

    westcliffe01 Well-Known Member

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    I don't see a 6.5x55 Swede listed, but don't know from personal experience how close that is to the 260 Rem. Depending on how long my first 6.5x284 lasts, I might go that route afterward.