***What would you do?? Short action Mag bolt face!!!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by jcvibby, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    I am looking for your advise gentlemen!!

    What caliber should I go with if I had a Short action with a Mag bolt face???

    Long range gun, hunting, tac matches, banging steel. really anything.

    Advise please!!!!

    Thanks for looking.
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I'd probably go with the 300 wsm.
     

  3. The Surgeon

    The Surgeon Well-Known Member

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    Ditto to the .300 WSM
     
  4. Nape.270

    Nape.270 Well-Known Member

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    6.5wsm
     
  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I third the WSM, but you might want to look at the SAUM. From what I'm gathering in information, it is a pretty good caliber.

    Tank
     
  6. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for 300WSM

    A single shot in a 338 Edge is a possibility, but it's a bit heavy for you matches and single shot might be an issue :)

    AJ
     
  7. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

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    I ordered a Stiller SA/LH mag bolt face from Greg Young (Southern Precision Rifles) about a month ago. Just got off the phone with him minutes ago to complete the order of my 31" AMU 6.5cal 1-8.4" BBL blank. The 6.5WSM is the caliber of choice here (Norma 270WSM brass), I think it would excel at everything you are looking at doing EXCEPT the tac matches. I feel the 6.5 would toast the throat fairly quickly in relatively few matches (thinking rapid fire).

    I also shoot a Lazz Patriot (300 short mag) for hunting, the 300 is going to boot you a little more but a quality brake will solve that. The 300 should offer a good bit of extra bbl life as well, preliminary research suggests the 6.5 will offer better ballistics w/the 130grn CE I intend to shoot but that has yet to be proven :D

    If you are serious about tac matches, go with the 6.5 SAUM or chamber for the 300WSM and run with it.
     
  8. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

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    +1 to what outlaw said

    6.5 WSM would be optimal but may shoot it out quickly in matches.
    7WSM would be my second choice but may run into the same problem just not quite as fast
    300WSM would be next Excellent caliber i just have one already:D
     
  9. B23

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    I'm a big fan of just about anything 6.5 but why would so many of you do a 6.5WSM over a 7WSM????

    Wouldn't the 7WSM give you a little broader range????
     
  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Because it's just cooler! gun)
     
  11. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    OK, "cool" factor is ALWAYS important too.
     
  12. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

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    I hate to admit it, but the "cool factor" wins ~ 90% of the time with me. I may not need it & I might not be able to afford it... but dang it, I want it!!! :D Not to mention the allure of the fire breathing, barrel eating, torpedo looking wildcat cartridge that make ALL the girlies go crazy... boo-ya!:cool:

    Only boy on the block who has one.... Bet your 7wsm can't do that!! lol
     
  13. LongBomber

    LongBomber Well-Known Member

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    I would try a 338 wsm just to be different. Which short action do you have? There is a bit of difference in internal mag length between the different manufacturers. It would be interesting just to see what speed you could push a 300gr hybrid.
     
  14. 3fingervic

    3fingervic Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the 7mm WSM, I think it would excel at the activities that you described.