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WhelanLad 10-02-2012 10:17 AM

Ruger rebarrel options
Guys bare with me here while i try explain.

I have a 35whelen, its a Ruger Hawkeye an Im wondering which calibres this can be rebarrelled too?

I guess there is only 3 options for the Abolt .300WSM to be rebarrelled an thats a .270wsm, 7wsm and 325WSM... None of which interest me, except maybe the 7..

an out of the rifles I have the Ruger may be the one to rebarrel.
So id like to know which cals over 270 that can work?


mountainman13 10-02-2012 11:20 AM

If you check around there is a website that tells you what your gun can be rechambered in. Can't remember the name at the moment.

WhelanLad 10-02-2012 12:31 PM

Thanks for your reply but Hows one ment to take that? an do anythin useful with it haha.
when it comes to you let me know

hiwall 10-02-2012 12:54 PM

the 35 whelen is a necked up 30/06 so can be re-barreled into many many calibers. 270, 280, 30/06, etc

WhelanLad 10-02-2012 01:44 PM

Yeah im aware it can be turned into the standard cals, but your on the right track with the 280 comment, away from standard cals, what options do i have?

hardluk1 10-02-2012 02:28 PM

If your not a skilled reloader you better stay with standard calibers. Look at the 06 and 308 based cartidges. Hard to know what you think is or is not standard. You do not see many 280's out there and it is a heck of a cartidge that when handloaded can hang will with a 7mm rem mag. Some of your maybe choices like the WSM's will require bolt and mag work also.

You will need a old school gunsmith well skilled with mausers and then talk him in reworking a ruger as tooling is not the same. Realise that as cartidges moves away from the '06 and 308 based cartidges the bolt face may have to be opened up and the magizine will need to be replaced or worked too. I have a ruger that is a custom 7 rem mag. Upgrade with the same cartidge but the barrel, trigger, stock and finish have been changed and I used a great old smithy used to building mausers and he himed and hawed about building a ruger. He also had to make some tooling for it. Find your smith thats going to do the work and talk you what you want with him for cartidge and other changes.

robocop10mm 10-02-2012 06:06 PM

What about .25-06? Is that non-standard enough? 8mm Mauser, 7mm Mauser, .257 Roberts

WhelanLad 10-03-2012 02:02 AM

I reload for the Whelen only, as its my big deer rifle and factory ammo is just too crazy down here.

Was interested in seeing which Cals were possible, seeing as I also own a .270w,300wsm an 35whelen..
as said there is difficulties/impossibilities of going from WSM bolt face down to a "standard" 308/30-06 calibre.. And my Abolt would be the prefered donor rig.. it might get a 7mm barrel on it someday.

Non standard calibres are those which are not as common as a house cat eg 308-3006.

a 25-06 is smaller than .270 therefor im not interested..

In saying all of this the last few nights, ive been seeing alot of suitable rifles for good prices which would work out cheaper and easier!

cheers for the suggestions, i deem this thread closed

robocop10mm 10-03-2012 04:40 AM

The .25-06 is a great round w/ 120 gr bullets. 400 yard Coyotes? No problem. It also has a reputation as being an extremely accurate round. I have a very hard time loading a BAD round. Everything shoots great. But to each his own.

greydog 10-03-2012 05:37 AM

The Ruger can be re-barreled to almost anything if you want to modify the bolt face. If you want to stay with the standard boltface (I would), any cartridge based on the 30/06 case would work as would any of the original Mauser cartridges. The Browning could also be rebarreled to the 350 Remington Mag or the 6.5Remington mag and they would probably function with the existing magazine OK. GD

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