Hi guys i picked up a remington 7600 for $175 so im wanting to customize it some. Id really like to get it rebarreled into .280AI has anybody done that or think that its possible? I had a remington 760 done a couple years ago but that was into 338-06. Other option would be rebore to a whelen, but I already have a 338-06 so idk if that makes sense. I want to get it ceracoated to look like stainless and then get laminate furniture for it, so itll look like an lss 700. What are your thoughts
I would just shoot it and enjoy it for what it is. Any money you sink into it you will never get back out of it. Paying that little for it would make for a perfect rain gun to me. If you really want to rebore to something else check out jes reboring best in the biz with your firearm.
I would think an AI chambering would make extraction a potential problem. I thought I read somewhere that the pump actions are not as strong at ejecting as a bolt. AI cases usually remove most of the body taper. this may or may not have an effect on chambering and extraction. I have never owned a 760 or 7600 so I am by no means an expert. The only cartridges I would want in a pump rifle would be 30/06,338/06 or 35 whelen. those guns just don't scream long range rifle to me and 280ai seems like a better fit to a bolt rifle. I do know that to get the full benefit of AI reported velocity claims, you have to run at top end pressures. Most AI chamberings only offer about 2% more capacity. You aren't going to want to load a pump gun at pressures needed to hotrod an ackley. Just go 280 if you want to be different. I do know a little about ackleys as I shoot a lot of 223ai and really wanted my 338 Lapua to be one but went standard in the end.
After looking at noslers load data for the whelen, i think im gonna get it rebored to that, not only does it look like its got serious cahoonies to it, also will be the cheapest to convert. Leaving money to get it ceracoated and some laminate furniture.