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30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

Old 11-21-2006, 07:10 AM
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Default 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

i just found a smoking deal on a good remington 700 bdl. chamber looks bad. how much trouble to have it rechambered to 300 win mag?
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:45 AM
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Default RE: 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

Excellent Idea to see if it can just be reamed to 30-06 AI. You would be right in the same ball park as the 300 Win Mag without doing the bolt face work and total re-chambering.
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:59 AM
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To do that you would have to open the bolt face, and get a new mag box $$. You would probably be better off having it reamed to AI specs as that would clean up any small problems. Define smoking good deal, if its not $250 or under, its not a smoking good deal.
try less than half that.
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:01 AM
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i don't reload that is why i was thinking a 300 mag rechamber. but i have been looking for an excuse to start reloading.
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Default RE: 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

I agree with all of the above statements.
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:58 PM
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Default RE: 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

Rebarrel it and have it chambered for the same cartridge. Nothing at all wrong with the .30-06. I bought my first rifle chambered for the .30-06 a couple of years ago (a pre-'64 model 70) and absolutely love this cartridge. Before that, I'd been hunting and shooting with mostly magnums since the late 70's. I now tend to think magnums are overrated, though I still own a couple.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:50 PM
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Default RE: 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

If you rechamber to .300 Win Mag, you will need to open the bolt face, as was already mentioned. I thought about doing a similar thing with an '06 - convert to .375 H&H. My gunsmith that opening up the bolt face wasn't a problem, but he recommended installing a Sako-style extractor.

As far as the magazine box goes, I don't think you will need to do anything to it. A full length .375 H&H round fit into the magazine on my Remington 700 (.30-06) as it was. Nothing needed to be changed there.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:14 PM
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Default RE: 30-06 to 300 win mag rechamber?

Normally, the 30/06 barrels on Remingtons are 22" long. I would really prefer a 24 or 26 inch on the .300 Winchester. I'd also wonder what condition the bore is in if the chamber is pitted.

I currently have a 30 gallon drum full of brand new Remington 700 30/06 barrels. These are take-off barrels fromnew guns where I used the action for a custom rifle. If you want one of these, send me a PM. Three times out of four, one of these barrels will screw on a given action and headspace OK with no tweaking.

Also, if you do decide to rechamber to a belted magnum: in addition to opening up the bolt face and installing the Sako extractor, it usuallywon't feed quite right without a magnumfollower.
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