Response to His Daughter (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 12:22 AM

10. Savage makes a good rifle, no doubt about that. They make one of the best stock triggers out there.

I build on the Rem 700 actions because I have been for 25 years and know the tricks for that action. The other reasons is that there are a bunch of them out there that I can pick up cheap and part out and there are a ton of aftermarket parts for them.

Flat shooting is a relative term, a 7mm STW shoots flat but will burn out the barrel throat very quickly. The 7 Rem mag will shoot flatter than the 6.5CM but comes with more recoil.

My favorite round for all around hunting is my Rem 280AI. It is built on the Mountain Rifle couture with a pricey stock and weighs in at 6.3lbs with a 23" ported barrel and a vais brake. Add another pound for the Leopold on top and it is a rifle I can pack around all day, that is easy on my shoulder, and have confidence in shooting out to 800 yards. It is loud and deadly accurate for the first few rounds. Then I have to let the thin barrel cool off for awhile. It is the first rifle I take out of my safe when headed out hunting. I learned long ago that I carry the damn thing a lot father than I shoot it.

Contrary to what some people believe the flattest shooting high FPS rifles/cartridges are not always the most accurate. Many years ago I bought 5K nosler CT's in 7MM. They are 170 gr bullets but Nosler doesn't even make them anymore. The trajectories are more looping than the 130/140/150 gr bullets out of my 280 but they retain energy and depart more terminal energy in and on the target at extended distances than the lighter bullets, and they are more accurate out of every 280AI I've ever built.

What I'm getting at is flat shooting and fast does not equal accurate. Repeated dependable trajectories are what is important. I've been looking at the 6.5 ballistics and ballistic coefficient, (BC is the one number I pay a lot of attention to). I've been reading what some people I respect very much are saying and writing about it. I believe them and you.

If I like the .308 on the RPR platform then I will find someone who wants it bad enough and get another one in 6.5, or just keep both of them.

One can never have too many guns.

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