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#5415315 - 11/12/14 09:13 AM Custom Rifle Caliber Advice
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
Posts: 499
So I'm starting to think about doing a full custom rifle in the next year or so. I already have one Semi Custom from Hill Country in .270 Win and will likely have another Semi Custom in 300WSM in a couple months. If you guys were only going to ever have one fully custom rifle, what caliber would you get it down in? I just want to hear some choices and reasoning behind why you chose that caliber. It will help me start to think about which I want and what to plan for when I finally get it done. Thanks!

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#5415335 - 11/12/14 09:22 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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I have one and it is a 243. I am shooting the 105 Berger hybrid at 3050 fps with very small groups. I picked it because of the components are easy to get. Lapua makes brass for it. I can shoot the heavy bullet fast. There is hardly any kick and I can easily watch my hits. In texas it will kill anything I want it to. And it will shoot farther than I have room to take it.

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#5415344 - 11/12/14 09:24 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
6.5 saum

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#5415364 - 11/12/14 09:35 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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What's the rifle for? That matters on what to build.
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#5415391 - 11/12/14 09:46 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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I got the bug for a 7mm-08 with an 18" threaded barrel bad for hunting out to 400 or so..
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#5415425 - 11/12/14 09:59 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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I'm a 6mm whore but if I could only have one it would be a 6.5 or 7mm just so I could hunt anything in North America with it. 6.5 SAUM while a good choice, brass is limited and if you ever did want to rebarrel you are limited on the magnum cases. So for those 2 reasons I wouldn't do that one. I also would want more than a 6mm for elk, moose, bear so that would eliminate those calibers all together.

I'd probably end up with a 6.5 Creedmoor or 7-08...mainly because I don't like recoil and those two would get the job done without killing on one end and wounding on the other grin
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#5415441 - 11/12/14 10:03 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: FiremanJG]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
What's the rifle for? That matters on what to build.


No one can answer your question until we answer this ^^^^. Give us some parameters you have- recoil, cost of ammo, long range, hunting, etc?
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#5415442 - 11/12/14 10:04 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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Creedmoor of some type. I personally would go with the 22 creedmoor thats what I am running and 3350 with the 75 grainers out of a 22 inch barrel puts the hammer down.
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#5415461 - 11/12/14 10:12 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ChadTRG42]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
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Loc: Sachse, TX
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
What's the rifle for? That matters on what to build.


No one can answer your question until we answer this ^^^^. Give us some parameters you have- recoil, cost of ammo, long range, hunting, etc?


Sure we can...unless he comes back with shooting cans at 20ft in his backyard in town my answer wont' change grin Then I'd tell him to get a nice Gamo roflmao I can't tell him what stock/action/scope/bottom metal (if at all) but we can tell him calibers.
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#5415470 - 11/12/14 10:14 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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7mm-08 is my next build.....
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#5415573 - 11/12/14 10:37 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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If I was gonna build a rifle it would be a fancy wood stocked blued job in .257 wby or .270 wby mag
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#5415603 - 11/12/14 10:48 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: FiremanJG]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
Posts: 499
Hunting anything the US has to offer except maybe Grizzleys. I want a good all-arounder if I'm gonna drop that kinda money on one rifle. I'm probably leaning towards 280ai or 7mm.

Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
What's the rifle for? That matters on what to build.

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#5415627 - 11/12/14 10:57 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 145
Whatever caliber you pick, I'd have the barrel threaded, so I could hang this off of it...


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#5415628 - 11/12/14 10:58 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
300WM with a 208 A-max, 210 VLD, 230 Hybrid or Hornady 225 BTHP. I like big bullets (bigger than 7mm). But a 7 mag with a 180 is no slouch. A 225 or 230 will hit a lot harder than a 180 in a 7mm.
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#5415642 - 11/12/14 11:03 AM Re: Custom Rifle Caliber Advice [Re: ltsheets]
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If it were me I would go with 30-06. It can take anything in North America except the big bears. You have a wide range of bullets available and ammo is generally available. It has been said you can hunt mice to moose with a 30-06 and that is pretty much true. Some will say that it is not a long range cartridge and they may be right but I have never found that to be an issue. As an alternative I have a personal affinity for long forgotten 8mm (8x57). That big 32 cal bullet is hard hitting and has never failed me. Biggest problem with it is you must handload for it as factory ammo is hard to find and generally under powered. I have seen an 8mm 175 grain Sierra bullet knock a 200lb hog backwards at 80 yards. That's my kind of power.
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