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I have a long action Borden repeater (.480 bolt face) to build on. 

The rifle will be used as a general purpose hunter that is capable of being competitive if need be.

The barrel length would need to be around 24" as a mod will be fitted. 

I've been looking at 6.5 and 7mm options so far:  long throated .260, 6.5x55, 6.5-284, 284, 280. Decent barrel life would be nice but not a deal breaker.

Which of these (or any others?) will perform to it's potential in a relatively short barrel and utilise the higher bc bullets at optimum velocity, compared to more dedicated range builds running 30+inch barrels? 

Many Thanks




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All will be fine using this barrel length

ive built several of all with the exception of 280 Rem using 20-24” barrels

None suffered in performance and accuracy for the shorter barrel length


im personally using a 6.5-284 with a 22” barrel that does not suffer noticeable velocity drop with 140’s and has proven extremely effective  out to ranges that uk animals are culled.

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