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Discussion in 'Firearms and Mac & Cheese' started by DirtyMike, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. DirtyMike

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    OK fellas, looking to build something small caliber and hi power for some long range varmint action, bbut I am also looking for something that is going to be capable of shooting the heavier projectiles accurately.

    Basically I want to play with the prairie dogs all summer, and be able to go with heavier for the 600 yard range come antelope and deer season


    What say you and why?
     

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    IMO, 25-06 cause reloading and deer.
     
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    Well I have the 30 06 for deer and elk, and if need I have the 8mm as well for just brutal impact... And of course... Reloading.

    Centerfire is my definitive preference, I was set on a 22_250, but the fastest barrel I can find is a 1/12.

    I have looked at the 25 a few times, maybe will look a lot closer this weekend
     
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    Honestly you probably have more experience than me. I see the 22-250 as a varmit machine but not really the ideal choice out to 600yds or for deer. The 25-06 is more versatile and still a great prairie dogger, especially reloading with lighter bullet weights.
     
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    I dunno, I am more of a .30 cal guy to begin with, this small stuff is new territory for me
     
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    What's the minimum bullet diameter for deer in your area?
     
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    Okay, next question I should have asked in my previous post, how exotic are you willing to get? Do you care if you can buy ammo off the shelf?
     
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    Not too worried about buying "off the shelf". As long as I can do custom loads I will be happy
     
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    Well I think I might give the 25 06 a go. Will be hitting up the local gun shows to find a large ring Mauser 98. Hopefully on the cheap since the plan will be to restock and rebarrel it, remove the standard safety swith to a timney trigger with safety.

    Will load bench match rounds for this one when its done. Should be fun project.
     
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    I am planning a 260ai or a 6xc for medium to long range. 25-06 is a good round but bullet selection is low and it's a barrel burner. Also there are so many great rounds that work on a short action there really is no need for a long action short of big game hunting. I have a 300wsm and a 6br both on large shank savage actions you can get a used savage on the cheap and they build an incredibly accurate rifle for the money invested.
     
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    Been loading 300wsm for a friend... Costly is what I will say and not finding any advantage over my 30 06. The 300wsm is more of a barrel burner than the 25 06.


    Either way, as of now I am still sitting on an action, a fried 8mm Mauser barrel, and a nice stock. Still on the look out for what barrel I want to use and deciding if I want to drill and tap the action or use an old style scope mount the old mausers used.
     
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    The 300wsm is most definitely hard on barrels. I have that for the Williamsport 1000 yard club. Have you thought of a 284 winchester or a 6.5 x 284 they would play hell on just about anything and 6.5 and 7mm both have an amazing selection of bullets. Winchester makes brass so it would be affordable to load and they are at their best in a long action
     
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    Yeah I looked at a bunch of that stuff. Just want something in the small caliber range.

    25 is going to be out at this point, just looking for something smaller and faster. If I do anything 6.5 it's gonna be a creedmore
     
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    I looked into that a lot but I hate hornady brass. I have great luck with amax bullets but their brass is soft as shit
     
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    Soft brass is meh, soft gets more reloads. I mean once it's fire formed it will hold its shape. Any of my rifle brass gets anealed to soften it anyways. When it really comes down to it the chamber is the strength, the case is just that, a case to hold it all. At least with soft brass you have less chance of a rupture