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Old March 19, 2017, 07:35 AM   #1
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.257 Roberts

I was looking for a Remington 760 in .257 roberts and there aren't a lot out there and I was wondering what calibers you could rechamber (think that's the right word,having a brain fart) it in. I know that a short caliber probably wouldn't work and I read in this forum that a 25-06 would work but Remington didn't make the 760 or 7600 in 25-06 any advice besides contacting the custom shop? (I asked about it 3 months ago and no reply)
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Old March 19, 2017, 07:47 AM   #2
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The 257R hasn't been a factory option in the 760 for 1/2 century (+/-) so finding one in decent condition will cost big $$. A custom re-barrel of a 30/06 to 25/06 would also be big $$. I seriously doubt Remington Custom would make this conversion so you need to be looking for a gunsmith who specializes in the 760 barrel work.
I don't want to rain on your parade but such an odd request is going to be expensive regardless of where it is done.
FWIW My first deer rifle was a 760 (30/06) and I've mounted and zeroed scopes on several 243-30/06 while I was in the gunshop business. I don't feel the 760 platform is designed to provide the accuracy to actually utilize the range capabilities of the 25/06 cartridge vs the 243 Win. I've used both cartridges extensively over the last 50 years so I do know what each is capable of in the field.
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:02 AM   #3
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How would c getting a 760 or 7600 30-06 and putting a 257 roberts barrel on it work?
Sorry if I asked any dumb questions so far as I am only 13 and still trying to learn


P.S. I hunt with a 7600 in .243 so I am familiar with the pumps
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:10 AM   #4
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You need to do some research on if the 760 / 7600 is one action size and multiple magazines or multiple action sizes.

If same, you would just buy your 760, buy mags for the caliber you want and send it off to be rebarreled.

Remember, with a bolt rifle, part of rebarreling is accuracy improvement. With a 760, accuracy improvement might be minimal because it will be limited by how the gun locks up and by attachments to the barrel stressing it.
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:30 AM   #5
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First off you'd have to find a gunsmith who works on Remington pump rifles. A lot of gunsmith have more business than they can keep up with, so they don't have to take work they don't want to do. The second thing you'll have to realize it costs money to rebarrel, figure an average of $600-700 depending on barrel used. So if you pick up a used 760/7600 for a reasonable price, figure it's going to cost you over $1000 to rebarrel. As the price i quoted you doesn't include any of the finish work like bling or coatings to the metal, or any other work you might want done.

Hillbilly custom rifles works on the Remington pumps, you might contact him.

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Old March 19, 2017, 04:03 PM   #6
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I found this on the barrel extensions for a 7600

Note: I don't have a 7600, so it was a search result..

https://www.shootersforum.com/gunsmi...on-7600-a.html
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Old March 19, 2017, 04:27 PM   #7
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Thank you for that surveyor that was very helpful
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:00 PM   #8
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"How would c getting a 760 or 7600 30-06 and putting a 257 roberts barrel on it work?"

It could work OK especially if you could find some factory magazines for a 6mm Remington. The 6mmR is basically the same case(same length and close to same overall dimensions-6mm R, 257 Rob, 7x57) as the 257 Roberts. The 257 might feed fine through standard 270/30-06 mags. I don't know this for sure as my only reference is based on Mauser 98 actions.
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:05 PM   #9
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The Remington mags are for multiple caliber and the one is for 243,257,6mm,308,7mm-08,and 260
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Old March 19, 2017, 09:19 PM   #10
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The 257 Roberts is based on the 7x57 mauser case which means it falls between what is normally a short action caliber (223 or 308 based) and long action (stuff based off 30-06; 270, 25-06, etc). Remington put the 257 Roberts into their short action rifles.

25-06 goes in a long action. And the 760 barrel has that big lug on it. So you can't make the shorter 257 roberts that way without a lot of expense. And there aren't really any other 257 calibers out there besides the super long 257 weatherby mag. A bolt gun would be a lot easier to come by. The Remington 722 can be found on gunbroker. And it's really the same as today's 700 short action--fits in the same stock. I got a nice one last month on gunbroker in 257 Roberts for a little over $500

Savage bolt guns are easy/cheap to rebarrel. It'd run about $225.

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Old March 20, 2017, 03:22 AM   #11
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Wisdom from 30Cal! 257 Roberts, really? OK, let's try and support that thought for a while and try to be positive about it without ignoring valid negatives.

First of all, not to ignore the Elephant in the room: Take up reloading or go home and choose another caliber. But it's a great caliber that was deservedly popular until it was swept aside by the advent of the 243 Winchester. It didn't abruptly go away, but has faded away and a cult following remains and there are still new rifles being made for it, probably all bolt actions, although, I did find this: http://www.gunbroker.com/item/630769566

Myself I would prefer it in an older classic bolt-action, ideally a pre-'64 model 70 Winchester, but I ain't got pockets that deep unless astounding luck fell upon me. But there is this newer push-feed that could work out nicely: http://www.gunbroker.com/item/630250837

And then there are Kimbers and Rugers and a few Remington 700's out there.

But probably the best deal might be an older Remington model 722 like this one: http://www.gunbroker.com/item/630589997

And remember always that older classic rifles have an enduring charm that none of the modern plastics can ever have.
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Old March 20, 2017, 07:29 PM   #12
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I had a really nice custom Mauser rifle built a few years ago. I knew I wanted a Shilen barrel and it was a full length 98 action. I wanted something classic and the .257 Roberts seemed like a great choice. Then the gunsmith suggested going with .257 Roberts AI. Can fire all the factory ammo plus the AI version adds on 150 fps or so. Great rifle and I would sure rather have it than a .270 or something.

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Old March 20, 2017, 10:19 PM   #13
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Don't be bad-rappin' my 270, now....
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