Cyrus Cassidy #45437 Posted November 29, 2022 Share Posted November 29, 2022 A while back, I posted seeking advice on turning my old Remington 700 in .30-06 into a 600 yard precision rifle. I have decided to leave the old gun alone (it already has a Timney trigger, which is the extent of the accurizing I'm going to bother with on this gun) and put one together, starting afresh. The Remington is a good hunter out to 300 yards with a Leupold 3-9X40 scope. I have already obtained this scope: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1021458259?pid=153697 It cost me an arm and a leg, but holy Moses, that's one heck of a scope! I'm going to put it on a Weatherby Vanguard in 6.5 Creedmoor. The caliber is the absolute best for long range shooting, and it's stout enough to take deer-sized game with no problem. Some argue--and I know a few folks who do it--that it's good enough for elk. This is going to be my antelope rifle, so I frankly don't care about the elk argument. The gun is currently on lay-a-way at my friend's shop. The Weatherby is a solid rifle to begin with, but the caliber is what sold me. Seriously, look up the ballistics on the 6.5 Creedmoor; it's amazing. I just ordered a Timney trigger for it. I'm totally sold on these; there is no factory trigger out there that will even remotely compare. Sure, you can probably get even better by paying a gunsmith to spend countless hours, but the Timney is remarkable for a 600 yard gun. The factory trigger on the Weatherby is pretty good, but I've become rather particular about my triggers. Factory won't do it, and the Timney was only about $125 and is as close to drop-in as anything. Then I'm going to add a solid bi-pod. No cheapies. I don't have one picked out yet, although I have bi-pods on my other hunting rifles that do fine. I'm going to pay my gunsmith to mount the scope, swap the trigger, and glass bed the action/barrel all in one fell swoop. This is going to be a solid gun, but the key to precision riflemanship is the ammo! I'm going to use these Redding dies: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018258755?pid=930915 Notice this box contains a neck sizing die. Neck sizing, as opposed to full length sizing, will essentially match the ammo to the specific gun; it may not work in another gun of the same caliber, but it's going to be tailored specifically for my gun! Provided I can find them, this is going to be my go-to bullet: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1010508373?pid=122315 I have had excellent luck with that bullet in other calibers, and this one is not only an extreme version of a spitzer with the highest ballistic coefficient available, but it is designed to expand on impact. So it gets the best of both worlds -- the outstanding accuracy of a target bullet with the terminal performance of a hunting bullet. I figure the amount of money I'm dumping into this new gun is about the same I would have spent re-barreling and accurizing the old Remington, but I'm doing it with a caliber specifically designed for long range shooting. And no, I couldn't rebarrel the Remington in 6.5 Creedmore because the .30-06 is a "long action," whereas the 6.5 Creedmoor is a "short action." You can only go long to long, or short to short when rebarreling. So I had previously been considering .300 Win. Mag. to reach out, but I don't need a magnum cartridge to shoot 600 yards, and the 6.5 Creedmore has better ballistics. So there you go. Due to the expense of the project, it won't be done any time soon, but I'll keep you up to date. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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