I've been lurking here for a while, but this is my first post. I'm starting to think seriously about putting together my first "precision" deer/elk/long range target rifle, and thought I'd get your collective thoughts.
I've pretty much decided on .300 WSM
for a variety of reasons, and am shooting for a rifle-only weight of around 9 lbs (don't want to lug much more than that around). My target budget will be about $1500 for the rifle itself.
I've been looking into what rifle to start with, and I keep coming back to the FN PBR XP
in .300 WSM. The weight is right, I've heard decent things about the full-aluminum bed hogue stocks, and I like the pre-64 style action. Plus, I have kind of a soft spot for FN, as I love my FAL [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] It looks like you can get these things for around $800-900, then I'd give it to a smith to true, glass bed, etc. with the remainder of my rifle budget.
Am I on the right rack here? I've read one pretty positive review on the PBR (albeit in .308). I know their SPR is probably a better gun, but it's also 12+ lbs, and would leave me less money to give the smithy. Once concern I do have about the PBR is that the twist rate is 1 in 12" -- will that be enough to stabilize say a 180gr bullet at longer ranges with the 24" barrel?
Appreciate any feedback!