Originally Posted by KidWalleye
thank you all for the input and ideas! i am looking at other builder now and going to start making phone calls to talk to them. i have not ruled out the original builder as i have talked to him for a while now and he does seem to be very good at what he does. he is a certified weatherby dealer and smith!
he does understand and agree with what you guys are saying about firelapping a new barrel but done right it does improve the accuracy of the rifles he builds. he does garentee a sub MOA rifle or your money back!
but i am open minded and am going to talk to lots of smiths and pick all your brains as much as possible before i spend and money on a new rifle.
however i DO 100% agree that i will probably go to a diff call. instead of the 30-378 as the rounds for this are VERY high priced.
i am thinking ill go with the 300WSM as a training rifle. are any of these rifles off the shelf ready for long range or should i go with a semi custom/full custom one of these for a training rifle.
as the old saying goes a rifle is only as good as the shooter but am i going to eventually outperform an off the shelf 300wsm! i dont want to short myself quality. money is not realy a concern to an extent!!
thank you all VERY much for you time
First off, welcome aboard. You've definately come to the right place for continuing your knowledge, & goals of Long Range shooting/hunting.
Second, good call on talking to multiple gunsmiths. You made the right call. Is encourage you to talk to any of the fine sponsors & gun builders here at LRH. They are top notch professionals, & very good at what they do.
This long range community isn't huge, but its growing rapidly, & the shooters here are Very Demanding, & rightly so. They expect the best, because nothing less will do. The fine smiths here are fully up to that task, & know that thier reputation is on the line with every build when dealing with this crowd. Heck, many of the smiths here compete in long range, as well as hunt long range. They aren't just some dude who gets a higher profgit margine for peddeling his particular product or potion. Id encourage you to talk to as many members, & smiths here as possible. Even if you dont wind up doing business with them right away, they will all leave you with a better understanding of what's right for you, & why. Every person has specific goals in mind, & these guys will help steer you right.
As to the 300 wsm, its an exelent cartrige for Anything in North America- with the proper bullet-. The 30 cal has the largest selection of bullets, & bullet weights available. This means big or small, squirel to sasquatch, you have it covered. With the proper bullet there are guys here who smoke Elk well past 800 yds with thier 300 wsm's, & deer past 1k! They are also very practiced shooters. That part is a lifelong learning curve that only comes with tons of practice. You can, & will get there if your dedicated to soak it all up like a sponge, and practice, practice, practice.
It all starts with the right platform tho, so get the best you can. Customs far outclass production rifles, but there are MANY buildable platforms on the market that are good to go right outa the box, & just get better with upgrades as your skill, & needs change.
Again, I'd encourage you to talk to any or all of our very competent, & proven capable smiths & sponsers here at LRH. We as members may disagree from time to time, but at almost 40,000 members, were still a tight knit group, & we try to take care of our own.
Best of luck with the choices at hand, & glad to have another dedicated shooter aboard.