Ruger rebarrel options

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by WhelanLad, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    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?

    Thanks
    WL
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    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.
     

  3. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    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
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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

    WhelanLad New Member

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    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?
     
  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    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.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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

    WhelanLad New Member

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    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
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  10. greydog

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    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
     
  11. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    GD... 350 rem mag possibility on the 300WSM??? whats needed?
     
  12. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Look the difference's in your reloading manual to learn the difference. You still need a smithy to do what ever you want. Work out your choice with him as most of what seems like good choices here do not where your at.
     
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  13. greydog

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    A new barrel is needed. Before proceeding, I would try some 350 ammo in your WSM magazine to see if it will work. Browning magazines are often not all that tolerant. I'm not sure how willing Browning is to sell a bolt head but if they are, it would be possible to change the head and magazine and build the rifle in any 308-based cartridge as well. GD
     
  14. huffmanite

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    FWIW, bought a used Ruger tang safety 77 in 270Win several years ago. Had it rebarreled to 7x57 mauser using a cheapo F54(heavy contour) A&B barrel from Midway. The venerable old 7x57 is a fine hunting cartridg and its recoil is on the mild side. While perhaps I was lucky, my Ruger 77 rifle is easily my most accurate rifle. When I shot it on the grand opening day of our 600 yd range, had no problem busting 6"-8" ballons with it once I'd adjusted my scope for bullet drop and figured out the hold for the windage. It kept up with some darn nice and more modern/expensive rifles in the latest/greatest cartridges when it came to busting the ballons.
     
  15. gunnut07

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    The bolt face is .473". If you don't want to change that aspect of the rifle you can chamber into any caliber that has a .473"case head. You can come up with your own cartridge use a factory cartridge or use any of the millions of wildcats out there.

    Steves Pages would be a good place to start.
    http://stevespages.com/page8d.htm
     
  16. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    I shot my WSM today an im in love with that Rifle these days...

    Weird how that works, not long ago i was tryin to sell it off.. then i didnt use it for a while.. an now i am grabbing it more than ever.. hmm

    wildcattin a new cartridge seems like alotta thought is needed an a bitta Dosh also!

    cheers