Originally Posted by lloydsmale
very cool guns Tom but im retired and on a fixed income and have all it can do to buy a 1000 dollar rifle and even that usualy means trading something I allready have. Ive got to ask this though. If those barrels truely do give such higher velocitys wouldnt one in something like 7 rem or 7stw really scream! Im no expert on customs but still have to doubt whether a 2 inch longer barrel even if it is the finest in the world is going to give 300 fps more velocity in anything. Like i said i could be wrong and am surely no expert on this. My gripe if you call it that is guys who think the short mags are something special or magical. It is and was nothing but advertising hype thats been proven to be bs over and over. I think some guys just pull velocity readings out of the air. Or get them off of 75 dollar chronographs that are as realible as the salesman pushing the short mags.
I havent shot my 300wsm much yet but it seems like it will be a dandy light rifle for woods hunting larger animals as it weights about a lb and a half less then any of my other mag rifles. But like ive said i dont expect magic out of it. Like i said im not here to bad mouth the short mags. I just find it hard to believe someone is getting 300 fps more velocity then allready jacked up numbers that loading manuals list.
Lloyd, Factory rifles are limited vs custom. 2" of extra barrel plus maybe change on twist,OAL,special throat,chamber to different type rifling can amount to increase in velocity. I also think what happens your more concerned with the hype trying to prove that it doesn't exist vs someone who build one can could care less about that.
You seen the spec on Len's 300WSM do you honestly thing he's not going to get better velocity than your factory rifle?
What about this one
Matt Kline Shoots 2.815″ Record at 1000 Yards with 300 WSM « Daily Bulletin
I think most build for accuracy first and velocity is what it is. I also think some that may get the magic velocity may burn their barrels out little faster and some of us have done that.