Like I stated earlier since I already have a 25-06 I want to move up a good ways. Would the magazine be long enough for 7STW, 300 WM or 300 RUM or the action support the same calibers in short cartridges to ensure the mag would hold them ? Thank's Brad
Its long enough for all of those loaded to factory length. The 7stw is a waste over a 7mm rm, I don't personally think the extra 175-250fps gain given equal barrel lengths is worth the extra wear on the barrel, but everyone has an opinion. If you want something for long range that will fit decent in the modified mag, the 300wm and 300wby are your best candidates. With a 26" barrel for example the 300wby will do 3050+ fps with a 208amax or 210berger, look at the down range energy of that compared to any 7stw load in a 26" barrel. If you want a 338cal, I suggest the 338x375 ruger aka 338 Demon 2.5" case almost 100grn h20 cap, can push 300grn hybrids to 2700 fps and still easily fit in the magazine, basically duplicates a long throated 338rum but in a case that's .260" shorter. There is also the 7x375ruger 7mm Demon that will slightly outrun the stw with what should be better barrel life and .350" shorter.
Those two adaptations get you exactly what you want. Sell the original parts and get some of your investment back, and have the rifle you want for around $200 or less.
I'd agree that if you want a larger caliber it's far cheaper to buy a different rifle. The Vanguard comes in 300 Win, 300 Weatherby and 338 Win if you wanted to keep that platform. It could be virtually a zero cost effort if you sell the 7mm that you just obtained. Is it a synthetic, sporter or deluxe version?
It appears to be a black synthetic stock but much more rigid than the one that came with a 700adl I have, the barrel seems to be a sporter with a rounded muzzel and is not recessed. It came in a hard case with redfield scope mounts and rings on it as the previos owner removed the scope. This rifle is in like new condition. The only reason I was thinking of changing much on it is because i already have the 25-06 and don't feel the 7mm rem mag is enough of a step up to what I'd really like to have and would just be one of those inbetween guns that are a little much for my coyote and deer and a little small for Elk and ect.. at range. Brad
Sporter is the wood stock name (in Weatherby language) without the contrasting color grip and fore end wood. The Deluxe has the contrasting wood. So, you have a Vanguard Synthetic.
The 7mm Rem Mag is about halfway between the 25-06 and the 30 calibers you mention. It is an exceptionally common caliber for deer, elk and everything in between. If you think you will regularly shoot 600+ then move on up. If not, I would not worry about the 7mm. Just my thoughts.
FYI looks like the drop magazine does not fit the 7mm Rem Mag - sorry about that. Still an excellent rifle to start with if you wish. It's your call.