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Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

 
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Old 04-15-2006, 09:11 PM
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Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

I know caps is shouting but we are talking LEFT HANDED.

The market is very slim for us few lefties. I have between some and a few left handed rifles. I have a 300 WSM worked up and it's very nice, but with a MRC 1999 action and a McMillan, it's gotta be over 9 pounds. I am getting more physically fit and increasing personal goals. Looking to get up into the high country.

I'd like a nice, light, mountain rifle. I am or was even (gasp) considering a factory right handed rifle and be done with it for $600.

I do have a Remington 700 LH 22-250. It's a somewhat expendable action as I already have another 22-250, 223, and building a 204 on a LH 700 w/ .378 blt.

Can a regular 700 SA be built into a functioning WSM ?? I believe the bolt face opening is not a big deal, but the feeding and functioning ??

I'd like a 270 WSM, and having one in LH would be great, but I cannot afford to spend $2K.
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Old 04-15-2006, 09:23 PM
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

Yes my 300WSM started life as a 22-250. Feeding is not a problem there are several options, the HS box mag, AI Badger box, Wyatts.
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:08 PM
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

Jessee James, Also use a follower for the 300 SAUM from Rem. This solves the problem of feeding out of the magazine. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:09 AM
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

Yes it can,

and you can get a new left hand action from remington for under $400 with the appropiate bolt head and feed rails. the one i got was a non J-lock action with a trigger.


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Old 04-16-2006, 03:46 PM
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

I do not know everything, hence the question, but if I can truly obtain a left handed short action from Remington with a magnum sized bolt face and including a short mag follower and mag well, can you please tell me where ??
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

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Old 04-17-2006, 05:44 PM
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Re: Can a 700 SA be chambered in a WSM ??

I build up a light weight Remm 700 SA in LH in 243 and have been considering rebarreling it to 6.5 or 7mm but not sure what cartridge. I used a HighTech stock and that trimmed 11 oz off the weight.

I've done a bit of research on cartridge options and here is my comparison.



Its quite interesting when you start to look at what fits into a short action (and by that I mean 2.8" overall cartridge length)

Considering the Nozler 140g bullet, even with the 7mm08 you loose some case capacity due to the bullet projecting below the base of the neck.

The SAUM looks like a well thought out case, same length as 7mm08 but longer neck so handles longer bullets better and 30 deg. shoulder.

The WSM looks like something Winchester dreamed up just to outdo Remingtons SAUM, strange how its taken off betteer than th SAUM. Dosnt really look like a short Action cartridge!

The 284 looses the most capacity due to the bullet projectiing into the case, but its still a 0.479 bolt face, you can get high quality (Laupa) brass and its got the similar capacity as the venerable 270 Winchester whcih is as much horspower as I'm looking for.

7mm08 - probably the most efficient cartridge of the bunch, just I want something a little different and with a bit more range.

Looks like Brownwells have a longer mag box and I can take out some action material out of the back of the magazine box area, then added a follower from the Rem 7 SAUM follower which fixed all feeding and magazine problems. This should extend the OAL to about 2.95 so the 284 dosnt loose as much capacity.

Here are case capacities:
---------Base of Neck-----Lost Cap---Effective Cap
7mm08-------50.2-----------2.5----------47.7
284---------59.8-----------5.4----------54.4
270(130g)---61.3-----------0.9----------60.4
7mmSAUM-----67.3-----------2.4----------64.9
7mmWSM------72.8-----------3.5----------69.3

I dont like recoil so my current thoughts are the 260 Rem, but if I was going for a bit more horsepower I'd go with the SAUM over the WSM

Hope this helps

Grant
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