Filling the caliber gap... what?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by hawk45, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

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    What would be a good caliber to fill the gap between my smaller short action calibers (223/.243/.260/.308) and my 300WM? The WM is my only long action. I wish somebody made a factory .284 on a long action (though I guess I could build one).
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    .22-250 AI
    .220 Swift
    .25 Souper
    .25-06 AI
    .257 Wby Mag
    6.5-284 Norma
    7mm-08
    .280 AI
    7mm RemMag
    7mm STW
     
  3. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

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    Thinking these don't do anything more than what I have now in my SA calibers:
    .22-250 AI
    .220 Swift
    7mm-08

    6.5-284 Norma (not sure the 100fps of this over the .260 is enough to justify)

    Possibilities:
    .25-06 AI
    .257 Wby Mag
    .280 AI
    7mm RemMag
    7mm STW
     
  4. Short Case

    Short Case Well-Known Member

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    You have the gap in your 260, with the bullets out there the 6.5 is a very good round. Other then that a 7mm short mag would be a good round.
    I myself like the Remington SAUM over Winchester WSM, the WSM has to short
    of a neck for me. But to get the most out of any of these round you have to
    reload.
     
  5. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

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    I do reload and have always been interested in the 7WSM or SAUM but brass is so elusive.
    How do you come about brass? I've been looking for a few years and never seen SAUM anywhere.
     
  6. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    +1 on 280AI. It's a good mid-level 7mm without going major overbore (not that there is anything wrong with that). And you need a 7mm (it is not a want). The 280AI can reach way out, but can also be loaded down depending on your needs.

    Don't sleep on 22-250 either, it truly fills a gap between 223 and 243. I once knew a bunch of whistle pigs that could attest to that...
     
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget, everyone truly needs a big-bore .257 caliber, too. Like the .257 Wby.

    I think if he went with the .22-250 AI, .257 Wby, .280 AI, and 7mm STW, he would do a good job of bridging his gaps.
     
  8. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    Just to be thorough he should throw in a 338 as well :D
     
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  9. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if the 7wsm was mentioned...but also consider the 7 rem mag (and a .30-06 since every American should own one) :D
     
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    Beng Well-Known Member

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    I don't want to talk you out of buying a new gun, but I don't see a gap between .260 and .300 Win. I'd rather say there is a gap from .300 Win upward, assuming the listed cartridges are all you got. Well, you can shoot just so many guns, can you?
     
  11. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    270 Winchester
    280 Remington
    280AI

    All long action '06 calibers that will fit ballistically between your 7-08 and 300 win mag

    260 is too close to the 7-08 ballistically and 7 mag is too close to the 300 win mag

    My "pivot gun" is a 280AI

    Whitetail - take the 6.5 rem mag and 280AI
    Elk - take the 338RUM and 280AI
     
  12. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys.. really just looking for something between the .260 and 300WM for now, and thinking it will be a 7mm caliber.

    Ones I really like I can't buy in a factory gun, so looks like I'll have to do a full custom or a Savage build.

    I'll probably go with a .284 or 280AI.

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    You will thoroughly enjoy the .280 AI. I've shot several of other people's over the years from sporter-barreled LW hunters, to heavy-barreled 1K monsters, and to call it a smooth shooting and extremely capable caliber, is an understatement. For as fast as it is, it's where it's at, IMO.

    Can't wait till I get mine built...
     
  14. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    and a 375 of some sort... but to answer the OP question...every self respecting guy should have a 25-06