What's the most versatile short action standard caliber

Timnterra

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I'm building another custom rifle and all I need to buy is the barrel and reamer/ gauges. I have a short action Remington 700 with .308 bolt face and a grey bull stock. If you were going to build a short action rifle what caliber would you choose? I'm leaning toward the .260rem I don't own any 6.5 cartridges but I'm also tempted by the 6mm rem or .243ai. I don't want to build a .308 they are a dime a dozen. But I also don't want to be stuck with a caliber that I can't find components for. I will probably be using this rifle for coyotes, varmints, deer and steel shooting in wide open South Dakota. What do you guys think what rifle would you want?
 

MudRunner2005

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The most versatile is a 3-way tie, IMO. There is no right or wrong amongst these 3 calibers. Although, I own 2 of the 3, I want to build a rifle in the other one someday, just because I think it would be fun.

The three calibers are (in no particular order):

.308 Win
7mm-08 Rem
.260 Rem or .260 Rem Ack Imp.
 
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