Re: 1000 yard paper puncher & Varmint rig question
I shoot the IBS 1000yd matches. Just finished the 2001 season yesterday in VA. I hate to say it but after making 19 of the 21 matches this season, I'm whipped. Time to kick back, watch some football or camp out in the tree stand for awhile.... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
As for the 6.5/300WSM. Nobody has given it a serious run yet that I know of, though there is a tremendous interest in it. But I can give you real experience with the straight 300WSM. It shoots!! I know of 2 that fellow shooters have and both aren't fully tuned yet, but have shot some great groups and scores already. At match #8 in Va a couple of weeks ago and man used one to shoot a 6" group with a perfect 100 score. This man and rifle won the previous match for score also.
This particular rifle is built with Jerry Stiller's action and I have played with 2 other Python's and 1 Viper action from Jerry and they look and feel very good. I don't beleive you'll go wrong with his actions. The Tooley MBR is a good stock. No questions there.
As for the 7mm bullets.... Berger and Bob Carturicio(sp?) make custom 7 mil bullets and they are top notch. I'm sure there's others also. Nothing wrong with the 7's they just aren't being used right now. But look back 5 or 10yrs at match reports and you hardly ever saw a 6.5 in 1000yd BR competition. Now they are second only to the old standby 30 caliber. Granted the advent of the light gun class promoted the 6.5(and other lighter calibers) to a degree but even the number of 6.5's in heavy gun class has grown a lot in the same time frame. But the 6.5 is gaining more ground every year.
If your new to the game I would recommend the 30 to start with. More data avaialble up front, easier to load for, bullets available on every street corner, and they have the track record of a proven winner. BUT your looking more for a critter gun that will be used for competition, so it not as cut and dried either. The 30 is more recoil and such for a critter gun.
Hope this gives you a couple of ideas to think about even though I didn't/can't answer you caliber choice question outright. That's up to you. Have fun!!!