I'm getting more and more serious about rebuilding my 7mm wsm
ultimate shadow. After a few hundred rounds of factory ammo followed by many trials and tribulations reloading a few more hundred rounds of test loads, this gun just won't produce 1" groups, so it must be re-built or retired to the back of the safe. This rifle always has massive copper fouling after every trip to the range.
My goal for this gun is an accurate, high powered rifle that can be carried into the field (i.e. not TOO heavy), shot comfortably at game in excess of 300 yards and cleaned up easily without heavy fouling. Secondary, I'd like to use this gun to try target shooting 600 yards.
What I like about this gun is, 1) the Controlled Round Push Feed action and 2) the cartridge, which is vastly under-ultilized with the current rifle 3) recoil feels reasonable and less than my similar (cheapo) 700 adl 7mm rem mag.
Initially, I'm considering pulling off the stock and sending the barrelled action to Pac-Nor to fit a new 24" Stainless, bead blasted finish barrel, reamed to 7mm wsm and true the action, then return to me to install a timney trigger, then send the barreled action to Joel Russo for a laminated thumbhole sporter stock, bedded and equiped with sling mounts.
I'm looking for input about the service and end product from Pac-Nor & Joel Russo, as well as advice on the barrel length and contour to select.
Also, I'm interested in learning more about the actual steps that should be done to true the action.
Lastly, how much time should I expect all this to take?
This will be my first custom rifle