I'm about to do something dangerous.... ask for recommendations on a gun forum that can affect the bank account.
I have always wanted to do a antelope hunt and now can afford the cost and time. What I am going to do is build a rifle. I have a pretty good idea on most of the specs, however I need to discuss some things with folks that know.
The action will be a 700ADL. I needed another rifle for one of the kids for a pig hunt, so I bought a WM special ADL 06 with 50 cash back from Remington. Including tax and BG check I am under 350, which is less than I can get a action for. The current plan is to ship this to Hart and have it rebarreled, Hart Rifle Barrels | Our performance in the shooting sports is unparalleled by any other barrel maker.
Doug #3 maybe #4, bead blasted and braked, Timmney 1.5-4 trigger, https://www.midwayusa.com/product/11...-1-1-2-to-4-lb
in a McSwirly (60 blk 40 orange) Mcmillan Hunter https://mcmillanusa.com/mcmillan-rif...millan-hunter/
The jury is out on a couple things.
25-06, OR 6.5-06. The 25-06 is THE antelope cartridge, however the 6.5 will carry farther and this rifle should shoot. Downside to the 6.5 is its handload only. Ammo could be regulated off of airplanes, it could be separated from your stuff. If your rifle makes it and your ammo doesnt, you have a really awkward club.
Havent thought much on the scope, likely a Leupold 3.5-10 with a ranging reticle. I'm not a fan of over magnification and I think 10 would be about right.
This isnt happing this week, so fire away.