I was going through the same proccess last year of choosing which round
to use, add one more, the 7mm RUM. The end decision was the 7mm WSM.
Got a left-hand 27" barreled action from Montana Rifle and stocked it with
a Richard's Microfit (HA!) stock. (They should call it a macrofit as the name
misrepresents how the stock fits the rifle!)
Why MR? They were the only company without going toooo expensively
custom which supplied everything I wanted: left hand, #6 light target
barrel contour, stainless, AND a 3.125" magazine. The magazine easily
handles 168 VLD's when loaded long.
I took care of the brass problem by ordering 500 cases from Midway. That
should take care of the life of the barrel without worry of not finding
Had a problem of getting the brass right for this very tight chamber and
first groups were disappointing. After getting that problem solved, she
started putting bullets in the same holes @ 50yds, so it's time to back
There's been a lot of personal work put into this semi-custom project,
but it shows promise, and this rifle is the most pleasant recoiler I have
ever shot. It just does not jump and I can almost keep it on target (the
bottom of the scope still shows up 1/4-1/3 of the target during recoil).
Would I recommend this project? ONLY if one is skilled to the point of
hogging out a barrel channel (I used a router for the rough stuff) and
can deepen inletting 1/8-3/16".
As for the caliber choice I made.............do I regret not getting a 7 RM
or 7 RUM? Nope.