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Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by petenz, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    A remington 700, long action, standard (.25-06/.270/280/.30-06) bolface?


    Fishing for ideas, a .280AI is springing to mind, what do you think?
     
  2. Longshot38

    Longshot38 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser sounds good. I love that round, when loaded with 140 grain VLD bullets the ballistics are very good.
     

  3. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    What are you wanting to do with it?

    a 180gr Berger launched from a 280 Ackley at around 2800fps has some very impressive balistics.
     
  4. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    Mostly mountain hunting, with some long range hunting
     
  5. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    Turn it into a 338 RUM or 338 EDGE!!
     
  6. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    I'd love to do a 6.5-06 AI. Stoked with 130g AB or 140g VLD or AMAX, it would make a great LR deer hunting/target cartridge.

    I already own a 7 RM, so doing a 280 AI doesn't really do me any good. However a 168g VLD at or near 3000fps is a dandy LR performer out to 1K.

    Dont really think you can make an EDGE into a lightweight mountain rifle that you'd wanna pack up and down canyons all day. It is a dandy caliber though when matched with the 300g SMK. My 338 EDGE is one of the lighter ones that Shawn has built and it still weighs about 12.5-13 lbs w/scope, sling, bipod, scope level, ACI indicator, shells and everything else on it.

    What animals are you intending to hunt? I assume deer and elk. That would play a major role in deciding which caliber you want. If elk is in the equation I would go no lower then .284" bore.
     
  7. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    I want it to be faily light, so a big .338 or similar isn't really possible.


    I live in New Zealand, hunting tahr/chamois/red deer/elk.
     
  8. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    I have a 270 and 30.06. I'm seriously considering a 280AI myself with one of my next projects now that Nosler makes the brass. And I already have a 7mm Rem Mag. For your purposes and what you list for hunting, I think you'd get your best bang with the 280AI. Stuff a good 150 grain bullet or even 140 for speed and go hunt. I'd use a 25" bbl.
     
  9. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    I have an identical action and am getting Gabe at High Country sport to open up the bolt face for a 7 mm rem mag, fitting a 26" number 4 truflite ultra match barrel. He is also going to blue print the action and fit a sako extractor and holland recoil lug.
    It's taking a bit longer than I hoped as trueflite are slow at producing the barrel.
    I hope to end up with the sort of rifle you are after.

    Stu