Not that it matters...but I did a little figuring on the cost of shooting. This DOES NOT take into account the cost of the action scope, trigger...ect.....just the cost of components (which I consider a bbl to be) AND GUNSMITHING COSTS.
I based my figures on my 300 wby IBS 1000 LG. Built it 6 years and seven BBLS ago. When I figure the cost of the actual ammo parts, PLUS the cost of the BBL and the smithing costs....I come in at $2.00 every time I pull the trigger. I figure 80 gr of powder, Berger 210 VLD's. I figure around 1000 rounds of compeditive accuracy per tube. I figure 5 loadings per (norma) case.
Now, to be fair.....I flute my bbls to make weight. I know lots of you guys flute yours too. I have a muzzle brake
installed, but I only have one break...I just switch it when I swich tubes. Lots of you guys also use breaks. This adds to the cost.
I added a 6.5 WSSM to the mix...for FUN stuff...cheaper to shoot.
I say get a second gun...or get another bbl in a smaller, cheaper caliber. If you need to get a second bolt to make things work, do it......they're just parts, and can be resold later.
This is for my bench gun, but I shoot a 300 wby in my hunting gun, and the costs are the same for both.
Just my .02