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Old 01-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #41
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Remington 700 in .308 Win. Change out the trigger to a Jewell trigger after you have it for awhile. When you get good at shorter ranges you can have it rebarreled to 260 Rem. which should get you past 1000 yards better than the 308 can get to a 1000. When you get to the point of having it rebarreled have the gunsmith true the reciever and get an aftermarket stock.

The Remington 700 platform is real easy to upgrade over time.
Not attempting to pick a fight, just a question that no others on other forums can answer. I hear recommendations on the .260. It is a .308 case necked down to 6.5. The 6.5x55se has a slightly higher MV and can shoot heavier bullets with perform better at distance. The 155 comes to mind. The 6.5x55 M41b was known as the last of the 800 yard snipers. So how can a cartridge w/ less power out perform it? In my Commercial small ring '98 I'm getting 2800fps. Now I'll admit the 6.5x55 and 6.5x55SE are loaded differently, I've never seen either as a 1000 yard cartridge.
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The rifle, scope would far exceed the OP's 300.00 budget also.
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It is Really cheap to shoot if you bought battle packs some years ago. Very cheap to reload. I use 135gr GCFNL (gas check flat nose lead) at 2000fps for vermin and targets at 150 yards.
sorry JP! i thought it was swiss. i have always heard it called that. but i do like the caliber a lot. i may end up rebarreling a rifle if i can't find one already chambered in that round. remington and winchester use to chamber theirs in that caliber, but have dropped it from their listings. i think the howa 1500 is chambered in it, and if i can find one and check it out i will.
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Not attempting to pick a fight, just a question that no others on other forums can answer. I hear recommendations on the .260. It is a .308 case necked down to 6.5. The 6.5x55se has a slightly higher MV and can shoot heavier bullets with perform better at distance. The 155 comes to mind. The 6.5x55 M41b was known as the last of the 800 yard snipers. So how can a cartridge w/ less power out perform it? In my Commercial small ring '98 I'm getting 2800fps. Now I'll admit the 6.5x55 and 6.5x55SE are loaded differently, I've never seen either as a 1000 yard cartridge.
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The rifle, scope would far exceed the OP's 300.00 budget also.
Don't know exactly what the 6.5X51 (260 Rem.) offers thats better than the 6.5X55se and 6.5X55 or if the 260 is even as good. Definately should have a bit less impact energy but we dont need too much of that for paper or steel targets. I havn't researched the 6.5X55. I've seen many 260's where I shoot do extremely well at 1000 yards with the 139 and 123 grain bullets. More so with the 139 grain scenars. I keep track of the competetors in the club and their standings through the year and have seen many 260's over the last two years kick ass in scoring points at 1000 yards. Regardless of shooter skill level the 260 shows by point statistics with this club to be a good caliber for 1000 yards. Alot of folks in this club have rebarreled to 260 from their 308's in the last couple of years as well.

I'll start the journey of finding out the real deal with the 260 cartridge starting the end of April as thats when my new 260 build should be done.

Didn't consider at an overall price including scope. Oooops!! Your right though, a good scope to compete with new by itself would blow his budget clear out of the water.

Still think a Remington 700 in 308 is a good choice though and mostly because more aftermarket parts are made for it than any other bolt action rifle out there and the aftermarket parts for them are less $$$. I also consider it a rifle that can be upgraded over time as one can afford or save for the mods.
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The .260 is a fine round. Most distance folks go w/ a 6.5x.284. It tends to be a barrel burner though.
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The .260 is a fine round. Most distance folks go w/ a 6.5x.284. It tends to be a barrel burner though.
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Yeah, the 300 Win. Mag. target rifle I have lasted only 1130 rounds before the throat was burned out. Thought I'd get about 1500 rounds. New barrel on the way. "Chasing the lands" became no longer a option. The 243 Win. is a true barrel burner and I see most of the folks using this caliber get around 800 rounds before they have to rebarrel for this caliber. When they're "fresh" barreled they do tend to dominate. The 260 should get around 2400 rounds before it needs to be rebarreled. The 308 Win. should go for over 5000 rounds before it's shot out. Maybe more. I see why so many folks use the 308 Win. because of the barrel life. Kind of strange to me as new barrels are not that expensive.
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