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Old 01-08-2013, 11:07 AM
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Default Wildcat calibers

The time has come for me to get a custom rifle built by my brother-in-law

I'm having troubles deciding on caliber and then he threw another wrench into the mix. He asked if I have considered any of the Wildcat calibers, the Ackley Improved specifically.

so who has them, what are your reasons to have or not to have them, what do you gain?


Right now i ahve a .243 (I love) and a 7mm mag (its ok, but a heavy hitter, so not my favorite, but the more I shoot the more I get used to it)

I have had sugestions of .257roberts, .270, & .308

What I am looking for:
-distance, most hunting will be 100-300, but would like to shoot targets/groundhogs farther
-less felt recoil than t he 7mag
-something that will work on most North American game, Whitetail, but maybe mulies,elk, caribou (my dad and I keep talking about a hunting trip, and those seem to be the most economical trips to take). but I do have the 7mag for something if the gun I have built doesn't fit all the needs

I also hunt black bears but working on my pistol permit for that job since where I normally hunt bears it is not long distance, and it can be tough on a rifle to carry.

so what are some of your thoughts, other calibers like the .280AI are ones I have also been looking at due to the similarities to the 7mag without the recoil
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:40 PM
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Go with a 2506 it covers what your looking at
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:28 PM
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Ive heard a lot of good things about the .257 Weatherby, but from what ive seen ammo is expensive.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:50 PM
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22/6mm with 75 amax and your other guns will never leave the safe
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:14 PM
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I would say 6.5 grendel. My former boss has the 6.5 and loves it. He has taken many deer, yotes, and hogs with it. His best hog was a 400+ pounder. They can hit 600+ easily and have enough to drop the larger game you mentioned. With the larger game it is all about shot placement.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:43 PM
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the 22/6mm won't cut it just don't want to put a .22 bullet up against a 400pound bear, a .25 is the min bullet size I would be willing to go with for the larger game.

even then it looks like if I bump up to a 270 or 284 I will have a lot more bullet option for varmit up to big game

thanks for putting the 25-06, 6.5 grendel and 257 weatherby into my head though, I'm on the fence about the weatherby, from the bit of time I have spent so far seems they might burn barrels faster...anyone confirm/disprove this?

long barrel life would be another desire, not that I plan on shooting a ton but I want it to last a while.

keep the ideas/opinions coming nothing is ordered yet so lots of options to choose from.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:47 PM
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IMHO the 270WIN is a very basic and fantastic all around caliber. There is a good selection of bullets if you reload and you will always find factory loads to fit your needs. But sounds like you want a lighter short action...don't shrug off the 243.....just read up on Warren Page and what he did with it....or even Grits Gresham....did I lose ya?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:49 PM
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http://www.levergun.com/articles/comparison.htm hereis a link that may shed some light on your choice
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:49 PM
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I have gone from a 223 to a 6.8spc,love it.The 223 is legal for deer in my state and have killed yotes and deer with it,but like the 6.8 better for both.The 6.8 can shoot 85gr to 140gr bullets.Its plenty for hogs and deer and deadly on yotes.I love the round.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:06 PM
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I have gone from a 223 to a 6.8spc,love it.The 223 is legal for deer in my state and have killed yotes and deer with it,but like the 6.8 better for both.The 6.8 can shoot 85gr to 140gr bullets.Its plenty for hogs and deer and deadly on yotes.I love the round.
Isnít the 6.8 a .277 bore diameter
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