Building a Hunting Rifle

Larry P243

New Member
Jan 1, 2014
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Lake Leon near Eastland,Tx.
I have an old 700 rem chambered in 7mm express , it shoots great but it is all factory. I am going to convert it to 280 Ackley, add a thumb-hole stock and a new trigger. I have several undecided issues that I would appreciate help on
1. re-chamber or re-barrel ?
2. McMillan or H.S.Precision for the stock?
3. Which gunsmith to use? I would like to pick a gunsmith with-in a 2 to 3 hr. drive of Eastland,TX.
4. any suggestions on what barrel to use if i re-barrel it?

I know that there is a lot more to consider, but this should give me a good start, with 2 more weeks to hunt I am not in a real big hurry but will probably start this project in early spring
 

ray22

Active Member
Mar 21, 2009
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Jewett
I have a couple AI rifles now and was considering building a .280 also. I have a Mauser in .280 and I believe I'm going to just rechamber it. That way it's something I can do and save money. Very interested in your progress. Where abouts are you?
 

dee

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Nov 22, 2008
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Red River Way
I have a couple AI rifles now and was considering building a .280 also. I have a Mauser in .280 and I believe I'm going to just rechamber it. That way it's something I can do and save money. Very interested in your progress. Where abouts are you?
Just remember for proper head spacing the barrel needs to be set back some when converting to the AI version.
 

95yukon

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Dec 31, 2013
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mark bansner high tech stocks! i have one and will never buy mc millan or h-s again. and i like those too also. its set on a model 70 22-250 ackley improved with a pac nor barrel. love the stock all are pillar bedded instead of full aluminum bedding which we all can cause trouble sometimes
 
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95yukon

New Member
Dec 31, 2013
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+1 on hill country too! matt is a real good guy over there and will take his time and talk to you about whatever questions you may have!
 

mikeofcontex

Active Member
Jul 2, 2010
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Midlothian, TX
An AI can be made with a finishing reamer and requires no barrel setback. Just make sure that your go/nogo gauges match your dies (35 Whelen AI... RCBS dies don't match Clymer go/nogo... Clymer is .040 longer). IMO, unless your barrel is worn/shot out, start with the factory barrel re-reamed and properly headspaced.
 

dee

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Nov 22, 2008
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A true Ackley Improved will need to be set back or case head separations will occur. The improved chamber should be tight on a preformed piece of brass.
 
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