Save yourself about $100-180 and skip the fluting. Only done to reduce weight and cosmetics mostly. With recoil a consideration, think I would have a Lilja 3 groove 1-11 twist HV taper barrel from 1.2 at action to about .930 at muzzle and 28-29".
You can easily get 2900 fps with very accurate load and 210 bullets with the 300 mag or 300 wsm
the weatherby will go a little faster of course and so will the recoil. However, you can easily go to over 1k with the 300 WSM or 300 Win Mag. Without muzzlebrake the weatherby will really start to "wear on you" after couple rounds in anything under 10 lbs if you do not like recoil.
[ 03-24-2004: Message edited by: BountyHunter ]