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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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making first gun but dont know what cal.

I am converting a 1891 Mauser into a nice hunting rifle but dont know what to convert it to. i dont want anything that is going to have alot of kick or cost alot to reload. i have the following cal and would like to have something not to close to them.
.22, .223 rem, .243, .260 rem, 6.5x54 MS, .270 WSM, 7mm mag.
thanks for your help and this is what the wife had agreed to let me get for Christmas
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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

How about 25-06

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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

my choices are between 25-06, 257 robers, 7mm-06, 7mm-08 or just a 308. this is just what i have come up with and am open to any suggestion
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308 Norma magnum

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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

the 91 mauser will not handle high pressure rounds.25/06,308 are a no go.7x57 would be a good one.
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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

Brownells sells after market barrels for Mauser 91/93/95/96
in 300 Savage, 35 Remington, 257 Roberts, and probably
a couple of other mild rounds. Or at least they used to,
havent checked the website in awhile.
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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

I am not trying to be a negative nanny. So excuse my comment please. But when you build a custom rifle you should know exactly what you want. Building a custom is an expensive thing to do. And once you have one made to your specs. they are difficult to resell, and do not hold their value at all.

I am not telling you what to do. But I would build exactly what I wanted, regardless of what I already have in the safe. A custom is something you are suppose to aspire to. Tom.
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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

Go wildcat something like a 30 cal Whelen

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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

Never heard of a 7mm-06, isn't that called a 280? How about a 220 swift? Everybody should own one at least once. When they finally come to take my weapons that will be the one they pry for my cold hands.
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Re: making first gun but dont know what cal.

That .260 or .257 Roberts would be ideal for a mild but lethal medium big game cartridge that's easy to reload and doesn't need big doses of powder. As far as cost goes, reloading is all about the same, for the most part you can get 100 bullets for $25, maybe not partitions but Sierra Game Kings which will work just fine, powder is around $22 and most use 45- 60 grains, so it's about even also and primers are the same..so no caliber or cartridge for regular Joe cartridges is that much different, stay away from anything bigger because the cost of bullets jumps and you usually get 50 instead of 100.. HOGGHEAD makes a great point also, think about what and why your doing this, the rifle may be worth more to leave untouched..you can buy a complete new bolt rifle for $300 these days that's more than capable of killing any animal in this state..you can get a Savage Edge and scope for $300.00
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