My rifle is stock except for the Rifle Basix trigger I installed. It is a Savage 112BVSS with 26" stainless barrel, laminated stock with pillar bedding. I bought it used from Hammer's Outdoor World in Union Gap, Washington 01 August2008. One of the guys that worked there had it for sale, and I was able to talk to him about how much and what he had shot and how it had been cleaned.
It had seen very little use and has been a shooter from the get-go. I first tried the 165gn Ballistic Tip with H4350 and 9.5M primers. The specs on those loads are 71.0gn: 3244fps @ .585", 72.0gn: 3269fps @ .4175", 73.0gn: 3296fps @ .6340. This wasn't the bullet weight I wanted to shoot in it just some I had left over.
August 11th I took it out for a spin with 180gn Ballistic Tips and H4350/9.5M. 69.0gn produced 3094fps @ .370", 70.0gn went 3117fps @ .636". 71.0gn opened up a little more with a velocity of 3154fps and a group of .7675".
I loaded a few at 69.0gn and made a ballistic card for it using JBM and it was dead on out to 650yds. That's all the range I had where I was at but it hit with boring consistency. I let my 18yr old son and nephew shoot it and neither had problems hitting the metal target (I think it's about 20" long and 8" wide) at that distance. Neither boy had shot a .300WinMag before and my nephew had never shot that far before. You should have seen their faces.
For right now I have pretty much settled on RL22 for the 180gn bullets. I have some 190gn SMK to try in it and some RL25 and IMR4831. I may try some H1000 and the 200gn bullets but that will be later. JohnnyK.
Including scope and trigger I have less that a grand in this setup.