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Old 11-29-2007, 08:18 AM
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Hey Everyone,
I really enjoy shooting and i usually just shoot my hunting rifles but ive had some weird itch for a highly accurate rifle or two. I was just given a Marlin 22 Mag that is getting sent to Aquila to be rebareld in 17 HMR and completly redone. I was also given a Savage in 30-06. I have a Tikka in 300 WSM so im going to use the Savage as a doner action for some kind of target rifle. Now to my hard question what cartridge should i get it in. I currently have two Marlin 22 Mags, Marlin 17 HMR, Rossi 223, CZ 204, Tikka 300 WSM, Remington 30-06 and 270. And im waiting for the local gunshop to get in a 450 Marlin. What Dose everyone think would be a good target cartridge? I dont reload but one of the guys i work with dod reloads and is retired so he offerd to reload for me. I plan on shooting about 500-600 yards max. Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:28 AM
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how about a 25-06 or maybe use that '06 action to build a 6.5-06 or 6.5 gibbs. Good selection of bullets, high bc, good for hunting or target. low to mod recoil.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:19 PM
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.220 swift
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:48 PM
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I have 3 Gibbs, 240, 25, and 7mm, and love them. Making fireformed brass really isn't that big of a PITA. Kind of fun actually.

What you could do is get a heavy barrel, chambered in .308 Win., and get a tad longer throat in it so you can seat the bullets out a little further and not have so much bullet stuck back into the case. The .308 Win, is plenty accurate enough for 500-600yd target shooting. If you feel really adventurous, take a look at the 6.5X.284, it is an awesome round for target shooting.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:28 AM
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Thnks for everyones input so far. the only porb is im not doing any of the relaoding or making cases. The guy that is is older and retired and i really dont want to make him do too much work just to get me some ammo. He offerd to do it for nothing but im going to atleast buy the brass, powder, bullets and all.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:08 AM
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.308 hands down! It'll give you plenty of options on bullet size, and 500-600 yards is right in its wheelhouse. The .308 is a cheaperround to reload foras well. You wont burn your barrel up shooting the .308 either unlike the higher velocity rounds. You can take that Rem. 30-06 and rebarrel it to .308 but it'll be a long action shooting a short action round, which might be a good thing since you could play with the seating depth a little more because of the magazine being longer in the long action. Something to think about.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:12 AM
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My dad told me to do it in 308 last night. Would i be better off trading the Savage rifle for a beat up Remington 700 short action for a project rifle? The Savage shoots good it was my little bros. I could shoot about 1.5-2in groups at 100 yards using cheap winchester ammo with it and it is a little on the heavy side so the recoil is very managable. It has less recoil then my 270.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:23 AM
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Personally, I'd want the .308 to be short action. So yes, I would get a 700 S/A somehow. Whether it be from trading or whatever. I think you'll be more than satisfied with the .308. Just make sure you make the right decisions when it comes to barrel length and contour because that makes a huge difference when it comes to target shooting at extended ranges.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:49 AM
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I think im gonna get a 700 action for it. Im sending the rifle to Aquila to have it done by them. I got to shoot a 7mm Mag they did a week or so ago and loved it. We took some factory ammo out to shoot when we did and were getting 1/4in groups with a good rest. His cost about $3200 he said so im figuring mine will cost about the same.
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