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Old 02-02-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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A do it all custom built rifle in any one caliber short or long action, for hunting small to big game. And even shooting long distance matches. What would you choose and why?
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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.260 Remington. I’ve got one built out custom. Plenty of knockdown, fast, especially if you reload. Light recoil. I’ve taken mine out past 1000 yards and it out performs my .308’s easily. Plus, great factory ammo available if you don’t reload.

Others I might consider would be 6.5 which is balistically very similar, 7x57 or .280 Rem.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:10 PM   #3
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:15 PM   #4
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Tried and true 300 Win mag
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:19 PM   #5
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A 7mm short mag of some sort built on a long action, 26" medium contour barrel.
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30-06, it will do it all
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:14 PM   #7
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6.5 saum

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Old 02-02-2019, 09:16 PM   #8
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A bespoke mauser action in 3006. A guy i know has one and it is the most badaxx hunting rifle i have ever laid hands on. Way out of my price range, but there was no budget mentioned in the op. I dont care for longrange matches so that was not considered in my reply
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:30 PM   #9
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Zero agreement. Ask Cajun Blake..........

Me I like the 6.5X55 Swed for it's bc numbers in normal hunting situations. I do not shoot past 500 yards, and that is paper.......

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Old 02-02-2019, 10:50 PM   #10
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6.5x284 Norma on long action throated for 140+ grain bullets. Can find good brass easy, easy to load for and great bullet selection with high bc. Little more power than 260 rem and 6.5 creedmore but not a magnum powder burner if you want to do long range matches
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:04 PM   #11
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Zero agreement. Ask Cajun Blake..........

Me I like the 6.5X55 Swed for it's bc numbers in normal hunting situations. I do not shoot past 500 yards, and that is paper.......
I like your thinking.


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Old 02-02-2019, 11:12 PM   #12
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Small and big? 7 mag. Depending on your definition of small...:

300 WM deserves a nod, but 7 mag is the winner on the smaller end. It’s a silly question though because we all own calibers up and down the spectrum, even if 90% on TBH only hunt white tails with an an occasional black buck on the small end and elk on most of the bigger end.

Still, if I had to limit myself, which will never happen, 7 mag.

Although I do live an ‘06 like a couple of those old prom dates...
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:18 PM   #13
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Bingo. There's no such thing as too dead.

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Old 02-02-2019, 11:22 PM   #14
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6.5x284 Norma on long action throated for 140+ grain bullets. Can find good brass easy, easy to load for and great bullet selection with high bc. Little more power than 260 rem and 6.5 creedmore but not a magnum powder burner if you want to do long range matches
Winner!!! Although I did build a straight 284 Win last year and it’s a close close second
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:28 PM   #15
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6.5 creed, 270, or 7mm rem depending on you're definition of big you may need to jump to 300 win mag.

Try not to push your bullets past 3000 fps so you don't burn barrels to fast
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:02 AM   #16
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I love the 6.5 but it fails badly at large game. Likewise 300WM isn't ideal for smaller game.

You could make a solid argument for 270/7mag/280ai, but in my opinion .308 deserves its popularity as an ideal all-arounder.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:33 AM   #17
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6.5 PRC would be my vote because I have one and it’s a shooter! I would shoot an elk or moose with it at reasonable ranges. If I had to truly pick one as an all arounder besides what I have already it would be a 280AI.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:42 AM   #18
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I'd have Kelbly's build me a custom 6.5x47 Lapua or a 6 Dasher and be done with it
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:01 AM   #19
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.300 Win Mag.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:54 AM   #20
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I think range limits you more than caliber. 300 yards and under I'll shoot and kill anything in north America with my 270. Over 300 I'll take the 300 win mag. It's all about bullet placement shoot em in the ear hole and they wont take a step...
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:59 AM   #21
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:57 AM   #22
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That's kind of like saying you want a vehicle that you can use at the lease and at the racetrack. Any rifle that is going to do well in LR competition is not what you want to carry in the field. Conversely, hunting setups are not as stable at the bench. Small to big game? Exactly what cartridge would you use for rabbits and moose? I already have a rifle that meets most of those requirements, it wouldn't place in a real competition as it currently sits but has proven itself in the hunting world, the .280.


Based on your username it seems like your fishing for people to say 6.5 Creedmoor. Yea, it's a good cartridge but in that class as a handloader I would pick the 6.5x47 over it any day of the week.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:19 AM   #23
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280 AI Boom..:: mic dropped..:::
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:36 AM   #24
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That's kind of like saying you want a vehicle that you can use at the lease and at the racetrack. Any rifle that is going to do well in LR competition is not what you want to carry in the field. Conversely, hunting setups are not as stable at the bench. Small to big game? Exactly what cartridge would you use for rabbits and moose? I already have a rifle that meets most of those requirements, it wouldn't place in a real competition as it currently sits but has proven itself in the hunting world, the .280.


Based on your username it seems like your fishing for people to say 6.5 Creedmoor. Yea, it's a good cartridge but in that class as a handloader I would pick the 6.5x47 over it any day of the week.
Not fishing for the 6.5CM more like trying to get ideas on another build.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:44 AM   #25
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Like others said a true do all will be hard. Your going to have to sacrifice somewhere. So I would say

7-08, 7-08ai, 308 and sacrifice on really large game like moose.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:28 PM   #26
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6.5 SAUM or 6.5 PRC is one of the few calibers to meet all the requirements in a lower recoil package. You’ll want lower recoil if you actually intend to compete. 6.5-284 is a great option if barrel life isn’t a concern.
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I love the 6.5 but it fails badly at large game. Likewise 300WM isn't ideal for smaller game.

You could make a solid argument for 270/7mag/280ai, but in my opinion .308 deserves its popularity as an ideal all-arounder.
We donít have anything in NA I wouldnít be comfortable shooting with my 6.5
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I think range limits you more than caliber. 300 yards and under I'll shoot and kill anything in north America with my 270. Over 300 I'll take the 300 win mag. It's all about bullet placement shoot em in the ear hole and they wont take a step...
Try brown bear in a thick alder patch on the peninsula or on Kodiak
that 270 would feel mighty tiny
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:40 PM   #29
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I think my.280 Rem (without the artificialinsemination) would do anything I want to do.
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Try brown bear in a thick alder patch on the peninsula or on Kodiak
that 270 would feel mighty tiny
Alone, in a blueberry patch, 20 yards eyeball to eyeball with a grizzly, my .300 Win Mag felt puny.
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6.5x284 is still my choice for all around gun but since you already have a 6.5 I would say compete with your creed and shoot small game. If going for larger animals I would go 300 win mag shooting 200+ grain bullets.
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Try brown bear in a thick alder patch on the peninsula or on Kodiak
that 270 would feel mighty tiny
I'll shoot him with it if that's what I have.. but hell I've killed many critters with a 22 that people say you cant kill .
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I think range limits you more than caliber. 300 yards and under I'll shoot and kill anything in north America with my 270. Over 300 I'll take the 300 win mag. It's all about bullet placement shoot em in the ear hole and they wont take a step...
This comment always makes me chuckle. Iíve seen a lot of guys posts about accuracy here. And Iíd be willing to wager 90%+ shouldnít attempt a head shot. Not saying youíre one of them.

If your justification on a small caliber is a head shot kills them then youíre just asking for trouble.

Thereís no perfect caliber. Everyone has their favorites. I shoot a 7 mag and a 300 win mag. Both are pretty capable of near anything in North America. Iím not taking either after moose or brown bear. Brown bear or grizzly will kill you. I want a show stopper. Heavy hitter.







I say it since nobody else has.





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This comment always makes me chuckle. Iíve seen a lot of guys posts about accuracy here. And Iíd be willing to wager 90%+ shouldnít attempt a head shot. Not saying youíre one of them.

If your justification on a small caliber is a head shot kills them then youíre just asking for trouble.

Thereís no perfect caliber. Everyone has their favorites. I shoot a 7 mag and a 300 win mag. Both are pretty capable of near anything in North America. Iím not taking either after moose or brown bear. Brown bear or grizzly will kill you. I want a show stopper. Heavy hitter.







I say it since nobody else has.





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Your splitting hairs as far as caliber goes when talking 270 and 7 mag.. cartridge capacity is a different story.. I have no justification for a smaller caliber but a lot of people think you need a 300 win mag to kill a prairie dog.. and my comment on shooting them in the ear had more to do with if you had to kill something theres always a way..
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Your splitting hairs as far as caliber goes when talking 270 and 7 mag.. cartridge capacity is a different story.. I have no justification for a smaller caliber but a lot of people think you need a 300 win mag to kill a prairie dog.. and my comment on shooting them in the ear had more to do with if you had to kill something theres always a way..
Yeah 270 and 7 mag are close.

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270 Win 9 twist 2nd
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True that.

But my favorite belted case long range caliber is the .300 Win Mag.
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You forgot to add under 5 lbs.
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Me I like the 6.5X55 Swed for it's bc numbers in normal hunting situations. I do not shoot past 500 yards, and that is paper.......

That's why I bought one!
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6.5 PRC would be my vote because I have one and itís a shooter! I would shoot an elk or moose with it at reasonable ranges. If I had to truly pick one as an all arounder besides what I have already it would be a 280AI.

Ordered me one of those bad boys today!
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Alone, in a blueberry patch, 20 yards eyeball to eyeball with a grizzly, my .300 Win Mag felt puny.
Lol.
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