I just bought another rifle! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] A new in box Win. Mod. 70 Stainless Classic Left Hand, Walnut stock, .270 win.
Translation: I have a standard length SS LH action to work with :help:
First question is about my future rifle battery.
Which combo would you prefer and why? Combo trips might include Grizzly or Brown Bears and Moose or elk or where hunting sheep, mulies, goats, Caribou, whitetails with possibilities of Grizz in area. Keep in mind that I plan on hunting Africa again, this time for Cape Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Waterbuck, Sable etc. Most shots under 300 yards, but have skill and confidence for 400-500 yard shots when opportunity exists.
Rifle Battery 1: 300WSM, 330 Dakota, 375 Weatherby
Rifle Battery 2: 300 Dakota, 375 Weatherby
Rifle Battery 3: 300 Dakota, 330 Dakota, 375 Weatherby
My current big game rifle is a 300 WSM
Savage Mod. 16 LH, SS. Even though extremely accurate with gunsmith work, I want a CRF Mod. 70 as a primary rifle and will probably either sell it or keep as a backup.
I also bought a beat-up Mod. 70 LH, blued steel to build a 375 Wea. with. I may just sell this action as I think Stainless Steel is the way to go for my purposes.
Second question: Given the above possible rifle battery combos, which would you choose to build first on this new SS action?
1. Build a 300 WSM on the standard action, allowing for longer bullets (Pros: Higher velocity and greater bullet weight choice Cons: heavier and longer than needed for a short-action cartridge)
2. Build my 375 wea. on this SS standard action (Pros: CRF action, all-weather, I like Stainless Steel Cons: ?)
3. Forget about the .300WSM and build a .300 Dakota; IMHO, the next most efficient, best in class .30 cal cartridge. (Pros: Max. utilization of Standard action, slightly better than 300 WSM when using heavier bullets and facing larger game like Grizzly Cons: Heavier rifle than a SA 300WSM for mountain hunting, anyone with recoil calc. for 300 Dakota vs. 300 WSM in 8 lbs rifle using 180 grs.? I do not look at brass avail or price as a factor )
4. Use this action to build a .330 Dakota
My dilema really revolves around wanting to have just 2-3 big game rifles that will handle the world so that they become an extension of myself when shooting-hunting with them.