Looking for a new caliber.

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  1. Westhunder

    Westhunder Please excuse typos, sent from my iPhone. Gold $$ Contributor

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    This may be impossible, or unlikely, however I would like to try.... I want a do it all round. Varmits, Deer, Target. Going to build on one of my rem 700 actions or may even splurge and do a lprb custom action.

    What I need it to do.

    1- Good ballistics, decent range. Ideally 600 yds.

    2- be able to preform with a projectile that will be “explosive” or fragment for Varmint hunting.

    3- also be able to take down a deer with force, good kinetic energy

    4- be able to go to the range and hit some long known and unknown distances

    5- easily relodable. I.e. some one needs to make brass for this cartridge. Wide range of projectiles for different stated above uses.

    Guess what I’m saying is that I have a bunch of bolt guns in diffent calibers for different needs and I’m wanting to spurge and consolidate. Open to any and all ideas. Thanks - this should be fun! And with any luck I’ll have a pile of rem 700’s to sell.
     
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    hogpatrol Gold $$ Contributor

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    .243 Win
     
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    Six BR.........
     
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    Dasher...
     
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  5. gunsandgunsmithing

    gunsandgunsmithing The best tuners and wind flags on the market

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    The list could be long but I'd say a .260 or similar. Maybe even a 7x47 Lapua.
     
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    Send your original message to Alex Wheeler @wheeler.accuracy Might save you a lot of time and money. Good luck with your project!
     
  7. FatBoy

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    6.5x47L would be my pick, but it's going at add the cost of bushing the bolt face.
     
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    gunsandgunsmithing The best tuners and wind flags on the market

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    Why? Am I missing a stated bolt face diameter?

    I assumed 308/BR bolt face but you do bring up a good point though...The 6.5x47L shares the same bolt face. If the op has something different, it would be a consideration, though. He did say that he may even go custom action.
     
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    Small rifle primer and high pressure case doesn't play that well with the typical factory 0.075" 700SA firing pin?
     
  10. Bobbyboy6br

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    2506 Remington tops them all for a dual purpose caliber 1-10 T is best
     
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  11. hogpatrol

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    Not too many calibers' accuracy helped by a Remington factory slip, slop and slide firing pin.
     
  12. JRS

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    25 caliber. Relying on kinetic energy is a thing of the past.

    25-06, 257 Ackley, 250 Ackley, 25x47, 257 Weatherby:)
     
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  13. Bobbyboy6br

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    2506 rem is a great dual purpose caliber load it with a 75 to 100 gr bullet and it’s a wind defeying flat shooting ground hog killing round or load it with any 117 120 gr bullet for deer size game
     
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    6mm Remington.
     
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    95 thru 115 for deer and targets at long range, whatever you want for varmints...
     
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    270 Winchester
     
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    6XC or 6 Creedmoor in a 1-8” twist.
     
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    Depends on your boltface or if you're willing to change or modify it...

    When it comes to a do-all for huting, varminting, and good accuracy for punching paper, the bigger 6.5mm's are my favorite. You can run heavy 140gr Berger bullets fast for taking down big game with force, slow em down and run 130gr or 120gr bullets for punching paper. Then turn around and run 85gr Sierra Varminter HP or Hornady 95gr V-Max bullets to completely disintegrate varmints. You can load em hot or slower to preserve barrel life.

    I personally have a couple 6.5 Remington Magnums. Inherently accurate, reasonably low recoil, and very fast if you want it to be. But brass is not easy to find so not sure if that's a good option for you.

    One round that has been intriguing me lately is the 6.5 PRC. Basically a necked down 300 Ruger Compact Magnum. This cartrdige has been made by wildcatters before, but it was brought to life in the commercial world by Hornady to be the 'big brother' of their 6.5 Creedmoor design. Brass is available and it's definitely "something different". Not a round you hear ever much about when talking to folks or reading on the web.

    I may change my 6.5 Rem Mags to this cartridge if brass ever becomes an issue. I have a good stock of brass for now so doubt this will happen anytime soon.
     
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  19. Westhunder

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    I’m open to doing a custom action for sure. I have a bunch of decent rifles and I’m ready to graduate to something else. If something will work on one of my old rem actions, great. But im not going to let it impede what I’m wanting to do here. Everyone had their favorite. As well they should. But that’s why I ask... save me some headache of getting deep down the WRONG rabbit hole. 6mm/.243 seems to have a lot of bullet choices, which is great. But what chamberinf really opens me up to being able to do all of the above. Appreciate all the input and keep it coming. Reasons for caliber choice also help in deciding. And I would prefer short action caliber, but can do Long action. That’s one thing I don’t have and may save one of the many sa to do another build later
     
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