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Old 02-08-2009, 06:48 PM
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Hello I am new to this forum but not to firearms.

Id like to say hello to everyone. I am on a few other forums under the same name. I do have some questions.

I am rebuilding my savage LA that was chambered in 7mm rem mag. I have been considering a caliber change and definitly a barrel change. I have 2 barrel makers that offer Savage drop ins that seem to be pretty popular, they are Shilen and McGowen. I was wondering if anyone can help me make a responsible descision on the barrel.

Also I shoot my 7mag VERY WELL and can handle the recoil just fine but is there maybe a better cartridge for me? I contemplated the 300 WSM even though I have a LA I was going to get a single shot follower to prevent feed problems by just loading them singly. I am still leaning torward just rebuilding the 7 but would like to know my other options from actulal long range shooters. I primarily hunt deer but would love the opportunity to hunt larger game in the future. Plus all around watermelon bustin from far away would be great to for practice.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:41 PM
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Re: Hello I am new to this forum but not to firearms.

Split the diffrence and go with a .300 Win mag. It has more case capacity than the .300 WSM as since you have the long action, that would make more sense. And you'd still have a repeater. There really is nothing a .300 WSM can do better than a .300 Win Mag in all practicality, especially in a long action.

If you want another 7mm Mag, get a faster twist bbl so you can shoot the heavier bullets with the Higher B.C. They fly better and hit harder at longer distances.

I'm not Familiar with McGowen bbls, But I have shot Shilens before and I have a Shilen that's going to be a 6.5-06 AI really soon. So I say Shilen. Just make sure you have at least a 26" bbl.

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