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#6426568 - 08/26/16 11:55 PM Should I switch calibers?
Bombela Offline
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I have a Remington 700 adl .30-06 black synthetic but I'm thinking about switching to a new caliber, how much is this rifle worth? I'm not a big hunter I mostly fish so I don't know to much about guns. The rifle has not had more than 40 rounds through it. Any recommendations would be great I've been doing a little research and have found that people love tikka's and sakos but I'm just not sure.

I'm going to be mounting a vortex viper 6.5-20x50 glass on the next rifle. I was thinking maybe a .270 or a .308


#6426588 - 08/27/16 12:55 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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There's no need to change calibers. Ig I was in your shoes and wanted a change, I'd buy a better scope, upgrade your trigger, and bed the action.
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#6426605 - 08/27/16 03:12 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
There's no need to change calibers. Ig I was in your shoes and wanted a change, I'd buy a better scope, upgrade your trigger, and bed the action.


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#6426628 - 08/27/16 05:58 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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#6426637 - 08/27/16 06:24 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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Why are you thinking about switching cartridges? On another note a 6.5-20x50 is overkill for a 30-06 unless you will be shooting at animals way way out there.
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#6426657 - 08/27/16 07:11 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
colt45 Offline
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what is it about the 30-06 you don't like? its a great all around caliber, but if recoil bothers you, get a 7mm-8
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#6426674 - 08/27/16 07:57 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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You've got a classic there, that'll do pretty much anything for North America. You don't "need" to switch to something else, but switch if you feel like it. I second upgrading the trigger and bedding the action if you keep it. Look at handloading, that can make a mediocre rifle turn into a great rifle.

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#6426725 - 08/27/16 08:55 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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Based on factory Center Fire Rifle ammo sale rates, the 3 calibers you are trying to decide between are probably the 3 most popular calibers in the US. Either or any one of them will do what youv've ID'ed as what you seek to be able to accomplish.

Like Boo said, I also think the power ring on the scope selection is a little over kill. What others have said about bedding & triggers yadda yadda are spot on and worth paying close attention to.

As has been said elsewhere I also think it was...trigger time once you get the hardware issues settled, is critical, and why I learned to reload going thru this same kind of what if this or why not that'un and why is that'un over there more better??'s in 1969....and still not 1000% satisfied 'cause I still like to pick the fly poop outta the pepper just for funsies.

OBTW Ask Chad about what he found in the unknown differences in Factory Ammo from small batch lot to lot, regardless of bullet/ammo brand or caliber and it's Effects on a rifles accuracy. By learning to reload you take away that a large % of that unknown factor, based on the level of your craftsmanship and willingness to keep an open mind and keep experimenting past a proven recipe. Chad's info is an eye Opener for sure.
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#6426795 - 08/27/16 10:46 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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There are NO flies on the .30-06 so if you're thinking there's something wrong with the cartridge and that is why you're considering other calibers, then you're on the wrong track for sure. If it's just a desire for a change, then I get it.

I don't believe I'd put a 6.5-20x on a rifle chambered in a big game round. A 2-7x, 2.5-8x, 3-9x, 3.5-10x, or even a 4-12x or 4-16x would be sensible.

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#6426849 - 08/27/16 11:42 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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I would go another route.

#6426856 - 08/27/16 11:46 AM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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I don't know what you hunt or where, but a lighter kicking rifle might make shooting more fun. Consider a Tikka T3 lite stainless in 260 or 6.5 Creedmore, with a 20 inch barrel. Light rifle, light recoil. Consider it a sort of 270 Lite. I really like the one I have.

#6426898 - 08/27/16 12:28 PM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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Get a good recoil pad, if it kicks to hard down size on the bullet grain. I don't use anything larger than the 150 grain. Now if you going for elk I up to 180. Everything here in Texas the 150 is fine.
If you like the rifle you have do the mentioned upgrades. The 06 is a good all around caliber.

#6426933 - 08/27/16 12:56 PM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
booradley Offline
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I like 700 ADL's by the way. I have a .270 and the stock is pretty cheesy. I've thought about replacing the stock a couple of times but stopped at the last minute because the rifle is very accurate as is.
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#6427083 - 08/27/16 04:12 PM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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270 30-06 308 are all great rounds for hunting.

the 30-06 offers you more options than the others do from 125 grain to 220 grain.

308 and 270 will be fantastic hunting rounds also just not as many options in grain size.

Sako's are sweet and so are Tikka's.

I love my Sako 30-06 with a 3-9 X 40 which is perfect for anything under 400 yards. I prefer the 150's because they do not kick much.
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#6427474 - 08/27/16 09:00 PM Re: Should I switch calibers? [Re: Bombela]
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My T3 in .30-'06 is my main go-to rifle.

With a caveat.

When I first got the rifle, I did NOT like the factory synthetic stock on it at all. Recoil was pretty harsh. Replaced it with a B&C stock,and now it's like a completely different rifle. Fits me perfectly, MUCH better barrel float which contributed to the improved accuracy, and the perceived recoil is reduced as well. I handload for it and she's a tack driver that I can pretty much hunt wherever I want to with. Did the exact same thing with my T3 in 7mm-08 Remington with the same results.

My point is, your Remmy 700 '06 is an excellent and versatile platform for a multitude of different hunting situations and game. You might try a upgraded stock with a good bedding job, DEFINITELY UPGRADE TO AN AFTERMARKET TRIGGER IF YOUR CURRENT ONE IS FACTORY (I recommend a Timney, ymmv). A QUALITY 3-9 or 4-12 scope will pretty much cover most hunting situations you'll encounter. Mine wears a modest 4-12 Nikon Buckmasters BDC (I know, I know... confused2) SF. Not a super long distance rig, but for me it's perfect for anything inside 300 yards.

Lastly, hand load ammo for the rifle. If you don't, then go see Chad on here for the good stuff. cheers

ETA: One of my other go-to rifles is in .270 Win. (Browning XBolt), and it's a great round as well. grin
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