alg, I haven't finalized a load due to shooting in the winter, but it should be around 57 to 59gr of H4350. I have a 7RM and can get this same bullet to 3100fps+. The factory rating of 2950fps with 160gr bullets is quite conservative for the 7RM given new types of powder.
Of course, so much depends on what your barrel likes. I have had awesome results with Re25. Just starting to test Retumbo in the 7RM.
here are pics of how I made the stock. Combo of lumber and plywood epoxied to the Stevens stock. Very easy to do. So far, glue sticks well. Then some sanding, filling and painting. Quite possible to finish project in one day.
In the second pic, that grey brown patch is the bedding (mold release is the brownish stain). Yes, you can bed the Savage in these stocks very well. With a bit of finess, the recoil lug is held solidly. This transforms these stocks into very useable and accurate stocks.
They get a bad rap and certainly will win no beauty contest but they are solid (action and lug area) and can be modified easily for some very interesting uses. That forend is as rigid as any stock on the market after my mods.
Sure beats throwing them away.
The last pic is of the 7 Mystic and the fireforming steps.
rem25-06, The cost for this project is very moderate. You start with a Stevens 200 rifle and swap in the parts listed above (you can get everything from Brownells). You can get an ebay special barrel or you can go to ER Shaw for a prethreaded/prechambered for $135, Brownells for a Shilen for around $250, or PacNor match for somewhere in the $300 to 350 range.
The fluting is up to you. Honestly, I wouldn't bother with it but it does look cool. I would have just got a lighter contoured barrel but I already had the barrel. The muzzle brake
again is optional.
For a dirt cheap and superbly effective brake (like them better then the one on here now), I love the Micaluk AR15 brakes. You can open them up to whatever cal you want. Work as well as the Hollands. There will be an install cost here but shouldn't be more then $75.
Due to the nature of the Savage/Stevens action, you can do all the swapping and barrel install yourself. That alone saves quite a lot in the build up budget.
Do your own stock mods on the orig, bed it and again, big saving there.
There is little reason why you can't build something similar for around $500 plus the barrel and optics.
The case on the far left is the 30-06, then secondary shoulder formed after running into FL 7RM sizer, fireformed case, Amax seated, Amax next for comparison. Bullet really doesn't take up much room. Still fits in a Savage standard action mag and will feed.