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    DIY Long Range Rifle

    Hey guys, I have been kicking around the idea of putting together a long range rifle (1000 yd max) in either 243 or 7mm 08 and was wondering what action I should look for. I see some use the Stevens 200, some use the model 10. Can the Axis model be used? I see it's one of the cheaper ones out there. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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    The Stevens 200 and the model 10/11 and the same actions. Only differences are the trigger and some of the newer 10/11 models are available with the accustock and as such they have the bolt release by the trigger.

    The Axis seems to be able to perform as well as the 200's or the Mod 10/11, but as of this second there are just no aftermarket stocks available. Now hopefully that will change in the near future, but for this moment......

    Several people have re-inlet/re-worked stocks to fit the Axis. Do some looking around and you can see what others have done.

    Personally I stick to the 10/110/Stevens 200 series' of actions, but if one of the stock makers comes out with a nice stock for the Axis I would give one a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chip_127 View Post
    Hey guys, I have been kicking around the idea of putting together a long range rifle (1000 yd max) in either 243 or 7mm 08 and was wondering what action I should look for. I see some use the Stevens 200, some use the model 10. Can the Axis model be used? I see it's one of the cheaper ones out there. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
    the gun wouldnt be as important as its intended purpose for me.

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    A cheap beater pawn shop 110 would serve your purposes just fine.

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    Use either the Stevens or the Savage actions, screw on an aftermarket barrel in .243 AI (1:8 twist) and launch 105 Amax's with ease to 1000 yards. Then you can move it on out farther when you have that down.
    Last edited by Jamie; 06-28-2013 at 11:36 PM.
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    Thanks for the input guys. Sorry I forgot to mention this would only be used for punching holes in paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip_127 View Post
    Hey guys, I have been kicking around the idea of putting together a long range rifle (1000 yd max) in either 243 or 7mm 08 and was wondering what action I should look for. I see some use the Stevens 200, some use the model 10. Can the Axis model be used? I see it's one of the cheaper ones out there. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
    Are you really stuck on these two calibers? If your goal is 1000 yards you might be better served by a 6.5. They are pretty hard to beat for energy and wind drift. A 260 REM or 6.5 CM would sling some 140gr pills pretty well for you. That 243 AI option with some heavy for caliber loads does sound kind of fun though. As for where to start the Stevens 200 is the place to go if you are going to build it up anyway.

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    243 and 7-08 are absolutely no slouch at 1000yd; the 243 with 105 Hybrids is flatter than a 260/6.5 Creedmoor at 1000 and gives up only a smidge in the wind; 7-08 needs more elevation but generally a touch better in the wind, especially if shooting beyond 1000.

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    Well sounds like I need to run some numbers. The 7mm pills must be higher BC than I was thinking. Thanks for pointing that out.

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    Well sounds like I need to run some numbers. The 7mm pills must be higher BC than I was thinking. Thanks for pointing that out.
    Probably due to the fact you can put a heavier bullet in a 284 bore without having a 1" bearing surface.

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    Sort of leaning toward the 7mm-08 because of the wind drift compared to other calibers and the .625 BC...

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    Be aware:

    Hornady is temporarily suspending production of the 7mm 162 A-Max & HPBT (among many dozen other bullet types), to concentrate on higher volume projectiles.

    If you go 7-08 (its a great round) you might be forced into running Bergers or SMKs for a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie View Post
    Use either the Stevens or the Savage actions, screw on an aftermarket barrel in .243 AI (1:8 twist) and launch 105 Amax's with ease to 1000 yards. Then you can move it on out farther when you have that down.
    Agree completely I love mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by chip_127 View Post
    Sort of leaning toward the 7mm-08 because of the wind drift compared to other calibers and the .625 BC...
    I don't believe the drift difference is enough to pull me away from the drop difference.
    Last edited by Jamie; 07-13-2013 at 09:34 AM.
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