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#5647542 - 03/11/15 10:06 PM Caliber suggestions for new gun
elkhunter7x6 Offline
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I recently had my first full custom rifle built in 6mm br norma and am ready to get started on a second. The primary pupose of the new rifle will be for hunting animals in the size range of antelope and whitetail. The gun will need to be extremly accurate and capable of making shots at 6-700yds. My top two choices right now are 280AI and 6.5x284. I have 30cals covered so I am looking to stay in the .264-.284 cal range. I am looking for suggestions and opinions. I hand load so all calibers are in play here.


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#5647550 - 03/11/15 10:16 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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Being able to kill an animal the size of an antelope or deer limits your choices quite a bit. If I had the limitations you describe I would lean toward a 270 Win or 270 Win Mag.
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#5647561 - 03/11/15 10:21 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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You have narrowed it down to a couple good ones. 4 years or so ago I narrowed to those same 2 and went with the 6.5-284 with no regrets.
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#5647564 - 03/11/15 10:23 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: Geezer Ranger]
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Originally Posted By: Geezer Ranger
Being able to kill an animal the size of an antelope or deer limits your choices quite a bit. If I had the limitations you describe I would lean toward a 270 Win or 270 Win Mag.


Que?

OP, I vote 280 AI
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#5647675 - 03/11/15 11:21 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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6.5 Creedmoor!
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#5647791 - 03/12/15 05:34 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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280 A.I. loaded with 168 gr, or heavier, bullets.
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#5647799 - 03/12/15 05:49 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: FiremanJG]
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This older Remington should be accurate and could easily be re-chambered to .280AI. The stock trigger should be adjustable too, unlike the newer M700s. And the Mountain Rifle is very attractive to my eye, and best of all, it's light enough that you don't need a dolly or gun-bearer to haul it around.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5647251/1

More reviews on the Mountain Rifle:

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...ountain_rifle_2




Edited by dawaba (03/12/15 06:05 AM)
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#5647851 - 03/12/15 06:58 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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I debated between the 7-08 and 280AI and decided on the 7-08 for a little less recoil. I have since decided to have the builder add a muzzle break so I am thinking should have went 280AI. Too late for me to change calibers now. No specs in front of me but I bet the 280AI will have quiet a bit more energy at range than the 6.5x.284. With hunting as your goal that should be a consideration.

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#5647884 - 03/12/15 07:35 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: wp75169]
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Originally Posted By: wp75169
I bet the 280AI will have quiet a bit more energy at range than the 6.5x.284. With hunting as your goal that should be a consideration.


Exactly
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#5647893 - 03/12/15 07:42 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: wp75169]
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Originally Posted By: wp75169
I No specs in front of me but I bet the 280AI will have quiet a bit more energy at range than the 6.5x.284. With hunting as your goal that should be a consideration.


Thts exactly why I am leaning more towards the 280AI.

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#5647927 - 03/12/15 08:02 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: dawaba]
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Originally Posted By: dawaba
This older Remington should be accurate and could easily be re-chambered to .280AI. The stock trigger should be adjustable too, unlike the newer M700s. And the Mountain Rifle is very attractive to my eye, and best of all, it's light enough that you don't need a dolly or gun-bearer to haul it around.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5647251/1

More reviews on the Mountain Rifle:

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...ountain_rifle_2




My dad has the exact rifle. It has been a great gun, shoots great. He recently had the trigger turned down to a little over 2 lbs. Its slick.
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#5648015 - 03/12/15 09:02 AM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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I had the same question a few weeks ago.
I decided to go with a 280 Remington that is being built now.
Good luck!

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#5648497 - 03/12/15 02:20 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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Loc: Sugar Land, Texas
6.5 Sherman, good discussion on Long Range Hunting.

http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f19/6-5-sherman-q-125601/
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#5648650 - 03/12/15 04:23 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
Strongbad Offline
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Since you're already looking at the 280AI AND the 6.5x284 is on the table, why not just do a straight 284? Performance of the 280AI but the short-fat cases of the 284 which gives you a little more room in the action/mag.

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#5648681 - 03/12/15 04:48 PM Re: Caliber suggestions for new gun [Re: elkhunter7x6]
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