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    I recently posted about the sand blasted barrel(actually it was my friend who was trying to help). The gun new is only 450.00 at walmart. Can I by a new barrel for my remington 700? Could I choose a less brutal caliber than my 300 ultra? Or am I oversimplifing things? I do not wnat to put money into a lost cause.
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    If you're trying to get back out hunting before the end of the season, I'd definitely get a new rifle at those prices. You simply won't get a rebarrel done in time, and it's going to cost your more than half of that amount.

    When looking at a new rifle in a "less brutal" caliber, I'd sure consinder something like a 30-06, or even a 308 or 7-08 if you want a short action. That's going to be ample plenty for what you're doing right now, and meanwhile it isn't going to hurt to shoot.

    Over the longer term, a rebarrel of your current rifle is certainly a good option to produce a second rifle to go along with your 06 (or whatever). It will most likely be a magnum, just because of the action details on your UM. That opens a fun can of worms in deciding what would be a second gun to go with an 06 (or whatever). Lots of personal tastes involved, but for me a second rifle to go with an 06 (or whatever) would be a 375 H&H with a 22" barrel. It's going to be light unless you enlarge the barrel channel in your existing stock, but what a delight to carry. I've got one (a lefty) built just that way. It's really scuffed up now, mostly because it's the gun I carry most in bear country.

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    I'm with BrownBear, and I actually have an 30-06 and a 375H&H. Interestingly enough my 180gr 30-06 loads have the same trajectory, zero etc as my 270gr H&H loads. A small thing I know, but it's kind of nice that way.

    I would go buy that Wall-mart gun, and then start shopping around for a used take off barrel for your other gun. I have seen magnum take-offs for as little as $50, but you will have to be patient and look for a while.

    Good luck.

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    Take this opportunity to buy a nice custom barrel in the exact size and caliber you want and have it installed.
    If this is to expensive for your budget then have a gunsmith remove the barrel from your action and sell it online. Used Remington actions sell for almost as much as a rifle.
    Take the action money and buy a new rifle. It just takes time to sell but post it on Gunbrokers or here.
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    Hunting is pretty much done isnt it?
    Gunbroker.com or maybe go go varmint classifieds should turn up some take off barrels for cheap.

    I bet you could get that thing rebarreled for under 200 if you have a month to look around.

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    Mighty big action for anything shorter than a RUM, sell it and buy a different rifle. No way are you going to get a good barrel from the better makers and have it installed for 450.00. The best bet with the RUN length case is to go up in size with a necked up .338, but you are talking a whole different type of rifle for extreme long range shooting. This is not the kind of rifle you can pack along with you on a hunting trip, or carry in the woods.

    I'm looking for just such a donor action for a build right now. PM me if you want to unload that POS.
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    Finding a take off barrel is a good idea. Don't know what it would cost to switch out barrels, but some time ago I bought an extra barrel for my Rem. 700; seems like it was $50, inc. sights, for a new take off.

    A check of PAC-NOR Barreling shows their Standard Match Grade Chrome Moly blank is $205 (thier SS Super Match is only $50 more). Fitting & Chambering (inc. Lapping & Truing of Action) is $250.

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    just call the gun shops around town and see if they have a take off laying around. I'm sure they dont just throw them away. He might cahrge a little more than an individual, but not much. I knew where a 26" 7mm barrel was about a month ago. That guy wanted $50. there around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elhewman View Post
    I recently posted about the sand blasted barrel(actually it was my friend who was trying to help). The gun new is only 450.00 at walmart. Can I by a new barrel for my remington 700? Could I choose a less brutal caliber than my 300 ultra? Or am I oversimplifing things? I do not wnat to put money into a lost cause.
    Any info will help Thanks
    Remington can return it to factory spec if you want. Contact them as to cost.

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