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#6281431 - 04/30/16 01:26 PM Another 'What should I build" question
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I have a LA model 70, currently in a 30-06. I have another 30-06, a 308, 264 WM, 3-243's, 2-25-06 and a 7mm-08 along with some smaller calibers.
I have a shoulder problem that takes out anything with more recoil than the 308. I don't need or want, another 30-06. So, question is, what should I re-barrel it to?
I thought of a 6.5-284 but have heard of some having problems with getting them to feed well without some work on the action.
Main use would be for a hunting rifle with taking it out to some distances. I have limited access to a 1000 yard range and a friend with his personal range out to 500.

So, thoughts?
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#6281441 - 04/30/16 01:38 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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Are the guys talking about 6.5-284 feeding problems trying to run them in a short action? I wouldn't be surprised if you ran a detachable A.I. Mag if you could modify the Mag lips to make it feed just fine out of your long action. I think it's a good choice, though the barrel life is not the longest. Load it with a 143 gr ELD-X, or 140 gr Berger.

280 A.I. would be another good choice, loaded also with a 162 gr ELD-X, or 168 gr Berger.

Give the rifle a "Light Palma" contour, or something similar, finish it at 25"-26" and put a very good brake on it. Recoil is so manageable that I'd put a pre-teen behind it.
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#6281449 - 04/30/16 01:48 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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6.5 SLR would be a good choice.

http://www.6mmar.com/65_SuperLR.php

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#6281609 - 04/30/16 05:32 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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6.5-06

There should be info out there.

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#6286845 - 05/04/16 01:29 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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Also thought about the good ol' 6.5x55 Swede? 24" barrel might squeeze a bit more velocity.
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#6286971 - 05/04/16 03:24 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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6.5X55 up up
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#6287141 - 05/04/16 05:23 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Buzzsaw]
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#6287143 - 05/04/16 05:25 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
dee Offline
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Fast twist 6mm AI might be worth a look. 6.5x55 improved with Lapua brass wouldn't be a bad option.
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#6287508 - 05/04/16 09:26 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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6.5x55 or 6.5-06 would be my inclination...

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#6287619 - 05/04/16 10:47 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: nyalubwe]
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Originally Posted By: nyalubwe
7x57


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#6289424 - 05/06/16 10:18 AM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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Bartlein 2B 1:9 280AI and 160 AB's. Perfect

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#6289467 - 05/06/16 11:04 AM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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Never owned but have somewhat the same "problem" with my 30-06. Too sentimental to me to get rid of but not very useful based on rest of the rifles I have.
My pipe dream is to get a 280ai for
1. Cool factor, figured I have enough Wally World calibers and coolness definitely count to varying degrees for me.
2. I plan to reload it and 7mm bullets have a huge selection.

But I probably won't do it for awhile.

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#6289523 - 05/06/16 11:42 AM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: Bbear]
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Can I get away with a 20" barrel on a 280AI, or just suck it up and have a really long gun (will be suppressed)?
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#6289568 - 05/06/16 12:12 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Can I get away with a 20" barrel on a 280AI, or just suck it up and have a really long gun (will be suppressed)?


Sure but it will loose some velocity.
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#6289651 - 05/06/16 01:06 PM Re: Another 'What should I build" question [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Can I get away with a 20" barrel on a 280AI, or just suck it up and have a really long gun (will be suppressed)?


Don't short change yourself on going that short. You really need 24". Mine is 25" and I've put a 7" TBAC ultra 7 can on it. It's long but not unwieldy. If you are gonna go short go 7-08 -- a 7-08 AI would be sexy.
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