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Old March 24, 2020, 04:08 PM   #1
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Rechambering 700BDL

Everyone,
Looking for suggestions and ideas on what to do with a Remington 700 short action. Currently, the rifle is chambered in 22-250 but am wondering if it can be rechambered? if so, what caliber(s) would fit this action?
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Thanks in advance.
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Old March 24, 2020, 04:11 PM   #2
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22-250

What do you intend to use this proposed rifle for?
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Old March 24, 2020, 04:15 PM   #3
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Really truly rechambered?
That means a .22 centerfire cartridge larger than .22-250.

Or by "fit the action" do you mean to rebarrel?
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Old March 24, 2020, 04:19 PM   #4
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The .22-250 is a fine round, but you can have the barrel recut for a larger capacity case but those are essentially wildcat rounds. The .22 Cheetah was one aka .22/243, there are variations.

These rounds will give you higher top end speed than the ,22-250 but they eat throats faster in doing so.

If you want to go to a different bore size, you could have the barrel rebored, but there are lots of M700 barrels out there and simply rebarreling the action to a different caliber would likely be cheaper.

A standard short action 700 with the common .473" bolt face is suitable for all the rounds in the .308Win family.

If you want to go to one of the "short magnums" additional work will be needed, to include (but not limited to) enlarging the bolt face (or replacing the bolt) and most likely some work on the action feed rails...

Good Luck.
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Old March 24, 2020, 06:55 PM   #5
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Make a humdinger out of it and get a rebarrel with 1:9 twist and still 22-250.
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Old March 25, 2020, 07:28 PM   #6
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I'm with Dufus on this one...
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Old March 26, 2020, 03:43 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and ideas.

To answer ammo.crafter's question. I don't have a particular purpose in mind for this rifle. Let me also add the rifle is incomplete. It is missing the trigger group as well as the bolt stop pin/parts.

It has been in the safe for several years now. I figure this rifle would make a good project gun for me for the foreseeable future. Rebarrel the rifle is definitely an option I lean toward. Especially if I can change the caliber a 6.5 or similar cartridge.
Any suggestions for caliber without changing the bolt or altering the bolt-face?

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Old March 26, 2020, 06:47 PM   #8
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If you want a short action, 0.473 bolt face in 6.5, the Creedmoor is the obvious answer.
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Old March 26, 2020, 08:07 PM   #9
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Why isn't the .260 Rem just as obvious??
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Old March 26, 2020, 08:32 PM   #10
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Everything you want is in the 6mmBR.

Here is a link to the Accurate Shooter info page for the 6mmBR.

https://www.6mmbr.com/6mmbr.html

It is one of the most accurate of all 6mm cartridges.
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Old March 26, 2020, 08:56 PM   #11
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If it were me I'd do a 260 because a man I spotted for for 3 years was using a 260 before he went to a 6.5X47. I could buy his 400 pieces of Lapua brass for a good price and I like the cartridge. But if I were advising someone I don't know, I think the 260 is fading and the Creed is all the rage. Not for me but for the majority.
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Old March 26, 2020, 09:27 PM   #12
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Any suggestions for caliber without changing the bolt or altering the bolt-face?
Without modifying the bolt, or changing it out, you're "limited" to the dozen or so rounds with .473" case heads and about 2.810" loaded length. Some variation in overall loaded length may be possible, less then 2.8" won't be a problem, longer, might be...

This essentially includes the entire family of rounds based on the .308 WIn case, both factory and wildcat. So in factory rounds that would include the .243 Win .260 Rem, 7mm/08 ,308Win and .358 Win.

Really the first step you need to do is decide which kind of rifle you want that action to become. Long range match rifle? Light weight stalking rifle for big game? Short brush gun for thick woods hunting, dedicated varmint rifle? Something in between? Some overlap?
Do you want something like a 26" barrel 6.5mm something or other, for long range accuracy you can do that. Or you could build an 18" .358 Win for easy carry in thick woods and heavy short range punch. OR something in between.

Decide on the general purpose for the build, THEN look at which calibers will perform best for what you want, and THEN look at what features the rifle needs to get that performance.

THEN, we start looking at the actual build...and budget...
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The 260 Rem doesn't have a cool name! 6.5 Creedmoor wins!
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM   #14
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You guys are great! Lots of good ideas and suggestions that I never thought of. Yes, it would help if I put some thought into what I would like the rifle to be or do. My bad for not doing more research before reaching out to the group.

Burrhead's suggestion for a 6mmBR is good but I already have rifles in .243 and 6mm Remington. Now, 44 AMP's suggestion of a 7mm/08 appeals to me as I was thinking of this rifle as a general purpose gun.

I appreciate the replies and advice from all.
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