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Old September 14, 2002, 11:04 AM   #1
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.25/223 wildcats...

I've been doing a little research and think I'd like to build up a .257" rifle using a .223 CASE. This was an original concept using a .222 case and called the .25/222 Copperhead.

What I'm wondering if anybody here has any experience with this type of 'conversion?'

Does anybody know of any rifles out there now in this caliber?

How tough would it be to find a reamer out there to convert a .257" blank and have it fitted on a bolt action?

Which bolt action would you recommend?

Maybe I should consider a single shot??

Any and all idea welcome and appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old September 14, 2002, 01:25 PM   #2
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Check into a series of cartridges call TCU {Thompson Center Ugalde}. The TCU's are based on the .223 case and at one time the 6mm TCU was quite popular among Thompson Center Contender shooters. I think there was a 6.5 mm version as well. The 6.5 TCU or 6mm TCU would do anything a custom .257-.223 would do and there are dies and load info already out there.
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Old September 14, 2002, 01:35 PM   #3
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http://www.pac-nor.com/wildcat/

Thes folks offer barrels in .257 TCU.

Also SSK industries;

http://www.sskindustries.com/cartridges.html

offers a complete line of custom wildcats on the .225 case including a .257 JDJ wich is an excellent cartridge.
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Old September 14, 2002, 06:30 PM   #4
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The Remington 700 short action would do well. Any barrel maker could do the dirty deed, and RCBS will cheerfully take your money for a set of dies. The barrel maker will put whatever profile on the barrel you want, should you want to match the factory profile and use a factory stock--and even there, you have choices.

I guess one of the computer programs could help you with loading data.

Whether it's a bolt action or single shot is pretty much a matter of your preference.

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Old September 14, 2002, 07:23 PM   #5
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With the small size of the round I would work with a Rem mod 7 and it would make a very nice short to mid range whitetail gun. It is not quite the range of a 243 due to case size but has a decent rep.
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