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    I think I'm gonna' put one together. Long story short, I don't have anything in .257 caliber, and I have been kicking around the idea of building something. I don't want something that just everybody has like a .25-06 or .250 Savage or .257 Roberts or .257 Weatherby. I finally settled on the .25-284 and looked into converting a Savage 110 in .270 that I already have. I discovered that E.R. Shaw makes a replacement barrel for the Savage 110 in .25-284, but their lead time is about four months! I've been looking around elsewhere, but haven't found another option yet. If any of you have any other ideas, or if you have played with a .25-284 and have some favorite loads or other advice to offer, I'm all ears!
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    Sounds like you need to buy 3 barrels. That way you get 300 rounds of shooting before you need another barrel.

    You can just get a .257 blank in the contour you want and have Baldwin chamber it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dustingaunder View Post
    You can just get a .257 blank in the contour you want and have Baldwin chamber it for you.
    I could do that, but not nearly as cost effective and probably no faster. I talked with Steve first. He doesn't have the reamer, so we'd have to buy that. By the time he threaded, chambered, blued and put it together, I would have a lot more money in it and, like I said, probably no faster.
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    Possible stupid question but are custom Contender barrels available? That way you wouldn't have to mess with all the headspacing/mating to the action and the like. You could just slap it on and go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRC458 View Post
    I could do that, but not nearly as cost effective and probably no faster. I talked with Steve first. He doesn't have the reamer, so we'd have to buy that. By the time he threaded, chambered, blued and put it together, I would have a lot more money in it and, like I said, probably no faster.
    You want custom, quick and on budget? LOL You've been watching kids playing with fireworks too much

    Just get 25-06 and call it a day - case capacity is the same and not as much over-bore. Or surely you can cook-up .25-08 with stuff laying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoBoost View Post
    You want custom, quick and on budget? LOL You've been watching kids playing with fireworks too much
    Nope. Not at all. I can get the E.R. Shaw barrel, countoured, threaded, chambered and blued for $215 +$25 S&H. Installation and headspacing is then a simple matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flatwins View Post
    Possible stupid question but are custom Contender barrels available? That way you wouldn't have to mess with all the headspacing/mating to the action and the like. You could just slap it on and go.
    I don't know, but since I don't own a Contender, and I have the Savage in the safe ...

    On the other hand, that WOULD give me an excuse to buy a complete new firearm to start toying with!
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    In all honesty 25-284 is just not a good cartridge ... it won't do anything that 243 can, just burn powder and barrels.

    You want something cool? How about 25-6.5x47 Lapua or as history knows it as 250 Savage AI, but with MUCH stronger case design. I bet you can match 25-06 loads with HALF the powder.
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    I've been almost obsessed with the 6.5 Creedmoor. There's a good chance that'll be my next build after I get some of my irons out of the fire. If you want an oddball .25, why not slap a 25 in there? Or a .25-260?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman View Post
    I've been almost obsessed with the 6.5 Creedmoor. There's a good chance that'll be my next build after I get some of my irons out of the fire. If you want an oddball .25, why not slap a 25 in there? Or a .25-260?
    Really? 6.5 Creedmoor? Not 6.5x55 or 6.5-284 or 260Rem or 6.5x47 that Lapua does make brass for, but Creedmoor ...
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    6.5x55 brass from lapua is stupid cheap. What a perfect caliber!
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    We're kinda' getting off topic, aren't we? Anyone with useful input on building/loading a .25-284?
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    A little bird from fuel cell told me you were going to build one of these. You've probably already seen this article. http://www.sportingshootermag.com.au...-coupled-25-06
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    I hate to be blatantly honest - but how "useful" do you want to be about useless cartridge?

    Ballistically it's identical to 243 Win - yes it can move same weight projectile at the same speed, BUT:
    - it burn 25% powder to do it
    - 243 bullet of the same weight will have higher BC - therefore deliver more energy at flatter trajectory.
    And I'm not even comparing to ultra-efficient modern 6XC or 6.5x47, but to a varmint round made in 1955 (poorly at that).

    There is nothing wrong with .25cal per se, but after building a .277 myself, I can tell you that odd ball (or mid-step) calibers are fun only during the build itself - once you get working rifle in your hands it dawns on you: what a waste of time!

    Of course, if 25 has to be, you could build a very sensible Oklahoma deer rifle in 250 Savage, but then we wouldn't be here talking about it, would we
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