What would you do?

BoomFlop

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I am looking for another rifle/cartridge and am either going to build or buy a “nicer” factory rifle.

Let’s start with what I have. I have a Remington LTR in 223 Rem with Swarovski 3-10x42, Remington LTR in 308 Win with Swarovski 3-10x42 and a Remington 700 Mountain DM in 7mm-08 with Leupold VX-III 2.5-8x36.

I have thought about building off the Mountain rifle but my son and I have killed a pile of deer and bear with that rifle including his first WI whitetail and bear.

What I am considering. 22 Creedmoor with a 7.5 twist barrel to shoot 80.5 gr Berger, 6 Creedmoor with a 7.5 twist for 105 gr Berger Hybrid or 115 VLD’s or 6.5 PRC with a 7.5 twist for 140 and 156 gr Berger EOL.

I do not like a ton of recoil (Rem Long Range in 300 Win with factory 180 was not bad at all). I really don’t want to deal with a muzzle break, as a lot of my hunting leads to quick shots and hearing protection would be “difficult”.

Although I do not shoot as far as many of you, I would like to get into shooting long range (up to 1000 yards). Targets and hunting to say 750. Primarily coyotes, antelope, deer and maybe a elk hunt or 2.

What would you suggest? I do reload.

Thanks
Steve
 

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Think it's hard to beat a seekins havak/element for the price. My havak ph1 in 6.5 prc shoots lights out. I also like the look of the fierce line though I haven't shot one yet.
 

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I have a pretty good idea of the rifle I want to either buy or build, more trying to decide on cartridge. Like what void do I want to fill and provide the most usage of the rifle. Shoot 40’s in the 223, 120’s in the 7mm-08 and 168 in the 308. Kind of lean towards the 22 or 6 Creedmoor.
 

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Recon$$ I agree on the Havak. My only concern is the 6 Creed and 6.5 PRC and they are boarderline on twist (8) I think. WI at 1000 ft elevation.
 

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I’d say 90% of its use would be coyotes and whitetails. Elk, maybe never.
Of your considered cartridges, for that use, I’d go 6 creed. If you do throw elk into the mix at some point, your 308 or 7-08 will do just fine if you keep the ranges manageable. Or you can post this question again for that one haha.
 

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Recon$$ I agree on the Havak. My only concern is the 6 Creed and 6.5 PRC and they are boarderline on twist (8) I think. WI at 1000 ft elevation.
Bergara hmr in 6 creedmoor this is 800 yds cross is 2 inches wide. David
 

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Might be worth a call to see if you can special order a different twist. My ph1 is a 7.5 twist guess they changed that. They are pretty responsive if you are taking a hard look at one.
 

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But then I feel I will basically be doing what the 7mm-08 does and with more recoil and the same general bullet weight. Unless I drop down to 80’s and then I feel bullet construction gets a little soft.
 
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