Originally Posted by brandon22
OK i recently got a savage 270 wsm i am going to re barrel it with a shilen and i am ordering a Bell & Carlson Tactical Medalist 2 from stocky's. my question to all of you is should i re barrel it to 7mm wsm, 6.5wsm or 270wsm.
i have read the 6.5 wsm eats barrels in 500 shots
im leaning torward the 7mm wsm or is that to big for a short action to load the berger 180gr
I've been shooting a Savage 270 WSM in a B&C stock for several years now, it's kinda turned into a quest for perfecting it.
A quick run down of the WSM's you listed, the 6.5 should be all kinds of awesome but it seems to be finicky and low barrel lifed and if you find a bullet that can be launched at it's capability your shooting bullets that really aren't that interesting other than maybe the Cutting Edge bullets, good brass can be had from 270 WSM Norma brass.
The 270 WSM has in the past suffered from run of the mill 270 bullets but recently there has been some attention given to the heavier end so we have Matrix ballistics coming with the 165 and 175 VLD and Berger will have the 170gr VLD any time and one other bullet that is in the near future, all four with a BC of .650+, you also have excellent Norma brass and the capability to push them in the 3000-3100fps range with extreame accuracy and easy loading.
The 7WSM has awesome bullets also but lacks the brass and the case is longer than the other WSM's which make it more of an issue to run through the mag with decent bullet possition. No good brass exists for the 7WSM without forming and firing 300 brass.
All three with optimum bullet position will be difficult to mag feed but you can still seat them to mag length in the 270 and get good performance you just seat the bullet a little deaper than perfection. I shoot my 270 WSM with excellent LR bullet well past a mile with good performance!