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Old February 14, 2010, 10:42 AM   #1
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Can i change the caliber of my Remington 700 bdl?

Can i change the caliber of my Remington 700 BDL from 270 to 30-06?

I got a beautiful 700 bdl at a gun show the other day and I've only put a few shots through it but it seems to be functioning perfectly. The only problem is that it is a .270 and I am used to a 30-06. If I should decide that I don't like the .270 or I decide to hunt something that I am not confident a .270 can drop efficiently can I just swap the barrel?
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Old February 14, 2010, 10:52 AM   #2
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It would be a barrel swap.
If the Rem700 is glass bedded, there may be a little fooling around over the recoil lug changing orientation a degree or two [ The lug is attached like a washer between the receiver and barrel shoulder].

I only have (3) .270s and have lost count of how many 30-06s I have.

I like the 270 much better for shooting deer.

Try hitting targets the size of deer kill zones at 500 yards with the 30-06 and the 270. You may fall in love with the 270.
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Old February 14, 2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thanks, I hope I do. My brother did, but it's nice to know that I have options if I need/want them.

Not sure if I should make a different thread for this but should I free float the barrel or leave it pillar floated?
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Old February 14, 2010, 11:45 AM   #4
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I cant imagine hunting something with an '06 that cant be hunted with a 270.

My 270 is my elk rifle.....................with thousands of 243 deer rifles out there (I use a 257 Rbts for deer).......I'm sure the 270 will work.

As for bedding, first see if it shoots.............if it isnt broke, don't fix it.
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Old February 14, 2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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That's a fine rifle. I'd get a 30-06 and keep the 270 too. You could hve almost that much in a caliber change!
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Old February 14, 2010, 09:37 PM   #6
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You could run into headspace problems in a barrel swap, but a good gunsmith should be able to handle them. I think I would shoot the .270 a bit first, though, before changing anything. Quite a few experts have considered the .270 equal to or better than the .30-'06 as a hunting rifle, and some say the only advantage of the .30-'06 in the old days was cheap surplus ammo, something less true today.

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Old February 15, 2010, 02:15 AM   #7
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I definitely intend to shoot it a fair amount before I really consider changing anything and hopefully I'll love mine as much as my brother loves his.
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Old February 15, 2010, 10:50 PM   #8
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In 2008 and 2009 I shot (8) mule deer between 329 and 510 yards.
All were with the same 270.

I have rifles I could shoot a deer with in; 19 Badger .222,.223, 22-250 .243, 6mmBR,.243Win,.250/3000, 257 Roberts Ackley, 6.5 jap, 6.5x55, 270,7x57mm, 7mm Rem mag, 30-30, 303Sav, 300Sav,.308, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, 300RUM, 7.5 French, 7.5 Swiss, 7.62x39mm,303Brit, 7.62x54R, 8x57mm, 338WM, 35 Whelen, 44 mag, 45acp, 45Colt, and 45/70.

I think that choosing the rifle faces a number of trade offs, and weight, range, accuracy, and killing power are up there.

I can't think of a cartridge that is markedly better than the 270 for hunting deer.
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Old February 16, 2010, 09:29 AM   #9
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A man by the name of Jack Oconner Traveled the world using Mainly his 270 to anything he could put in his sights. I was inspired by his exploits as a kid and made that my first distance gun in a CZ-550 American. The 270 is a winner when it comes to dropping anything out @500yards, but for me even with a flat based Spitzer "they were the cheepest I could get my hands on" no ground-hog or crow stood a chance inside of 512yards. Enjoy it like any other weapon once you've put the time into learning what it can do you will not be disappointed. As for glass bedding it Personally I would free float it unless it's an B-bar.
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