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Top Three Calibers for a New Production Hunting Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CmdrSlander, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. CmdrSlander

    CmdrSlander Member

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    If a new hunting rifle was going to go into production this year, what three short action, long action, and magnum calibers (9 calibers total) should the manufacturer offer? The rifle is custom grade and costs between $1300 to $2500. It is based on newly designed Mauser/M70 hybrid action, this action is naturally very strong.
     
  2. rule303

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    I will be the boring one here. In SA: .22-250, .243, and .308. LA: .25-06, .270, .30-06. In Magnum: 7mm RM, .300WM, .375 H&H. What does any other caliber really offer that those don't?
     
  3. CmdrSlander

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    I like it, but I'd replace .22-250 w/.223 Rem, same applications but more common, plentiful and varied thanks to the success of the AR15, of course all the SA cartridges you listed are based upon the .308 and that would simplify things.
     
  4. wlewisiii

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    All I need in a bolt action is 7x57.
     
  5. Ranger30-06

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    Short action: .223, .243, .308
    Long action: .270, .30-06, .35 Whelen

    Those are what I would want at least... Honorable mentions go to the .260, 7mm family, .338 WM, and .375 H&H
     
  6. tactikel

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    Short: .204 ruger, .243, 7 mm-308
    Long: .220 swift, .270, .30-06
    Mag: 7mm rem, 300 win, .338 win mag
     
  7. Liberty1776

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    .223, .243, .257, .308 (yah, I know...)

    7x57, .270, 30-06 (arguably a 7x57 fits better through a long action

    7 Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag
     
  8. Maxicooper

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    .243win, .308win, .375 H&H. :D
     
  9. tundraotto

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    223 rem
    308 win
    300 win mag
     
  10. bushmaster1313

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    Robert is scoped and ready:)


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  11. GuysModel94

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    Long Action: 25-06, 270, & 30-06; Don't have much use for anything else.
     
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    If it is custom, and costs that much, I don't think the intended buyers need to worry about ammo cost.

    Short Action: .22-250, 7mm-08, .300 WSM
    Standard Action: 6.5x55 Swede, .280 Remington, .375 Ruger
    Magnum: 7mm Remington, .338 Winchester, .416 Rigby
     
  13. mdauben

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    Short: .223/.243/.308
    Long: .25-06/.270/.30-06
    Magnum: 7mm/.300/.338
     
  14. Kachok

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    Short: 260 Rem, 308, 300 WSM.
    Long: 30-06, 6.5x55, 7x57
    Magnum 338 Win Mag, 7mm Rem mag, 375 H&H
    Thats my list and I'm sticking to it :D I will make honorable mention for the 25-06, 280Rem, 270 Win/WSM, 6.5-284 and 300 Win Mag.
     
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    With today's bullets that would not be a bad choice.
     
  16. DRYHUMOR

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    I'll pick one of each...

    SA 260 with 1:8 twist
    LA 280 with 1:9.25 twist
    MAG 340 Weatherby 1:10 twist
     
  17. Gtscotty

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    Short Action: .223, .308, 300 WSM
    Long Action: 25-06, .270, 30-06
    Long Action (Magnum): 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, 338 Win Mag
     
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    You guys got them all covered I especially agree with the 6.5x55.That is my next gun a small ring Swede saving up for it.
     
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    How custom are we talking? Call and order custom or production line custom? What are the actual action lengths 2.8-3.2 short 3.4-3.75? What will the diameter be?
    We all have our preference and peeves, but depending on the specs some rounds will or wont work as well as we would like.

    If its going to be a standard production unit with spme custom features, or be orderable in custom configurations, then i would suggest sticking to rounds that are in general use and sell well. .223/5.56, 22-250, .243, 30-06 etc. I would also offer the option (at a small premium) to have the gun chambered for a list of less common rounds and wilcats.

    If were talking a true custom rifle better be prepared to chamber anything the customer wanta that will fit in the action.
     
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    I'll also step up and address my own pet peeve of late - the lack of iron sights or even the ability to order them. I was going to order a rifle from ER Shaw but they will not install iron sights. For that kind of money, I find that lack inexcusable. Instead I tracked down a VZ24 action and am proceeding with a custom built on it.

    At least offer varied sight options. Not all of us are interested super long range shots with a super high power scope.
     
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    SA .223 Rem, .300Black, ?

    LA 30.06, 338WM, ?

    MAG .375 H&H, .458 Lott, one of the various .500's possbily the .495 A2
     
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    Simple for me.

    Short-action:
    .223 Rem
    .260 Rem
    .308 Win

    Long-action:
    .25-06 Rem
    .270 Win
    .30-06 Sprg

    Magnum-action:
    .264 Win Mag
    .300 Win Mag
    .338 Win Mag

    602 Brno-action:
    .375 H&H Mag
    .416 Rem Mag
    .460 Wea Mag
     
  24. mnhntr

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    SA .243 - .260 - .308
    LA .22-250 - .270 - .30-06
    Magnum .7RUM - .338RUM - .416 Rigby
     
  25. Lloyd Smale

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    id like to see a 300 H&H. Its tough to find one and i think they would sell real well.
     
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