I found a Savage BVSS chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum on GunBroker. According to the seller, who apparently has quite a few of them, it was part of a special run of long action BVSS rifles in several calibers including .300WM. I thought about it since last Wednesday. I finallly couldn't stand it any longer and bought it.
My thinking, based on input from this forum in another thread where I was asking for input for my "other:" 7mm-mag (the Ruger 77 MK-II from my Nephew) is that 168g Berger VLD loads will cover me for anything I'm likely to hunt in PA (white tail, coyotes, ground hogs) to ranges beyond which I'll be able to spot them. Based on having shot my buddies BVSS in .22-250 I know I like the stock on the rifle, and the weight (should be close to 12.5 lbs all up) for comfortable shooting with out a brake (~15.5 ft-lbs of recoil). I can lug a 12.5 lb rifle to a stand with a sling no problem. There are a couple of places I may be able to use it for up to 500 yard shots on whitetail. So what the heck, for the price ($600.00 + shipping and transfer fee) I didn't see how I was going to beat it as a beginner's long distance hunting rifle. And I can certainly rebarrel it myself if that seems indicated or in the best of all worlds I wear it out - I've done that to Savages before.
Richard Franklin goes after ground hogs way out there with his .300 WSM
so I figure this thing is good for ground hogs at significant ranges as well.
The cartridge should work well "out there" on game as I develope the skills needed to take longer and longer shots with it.
The dies, some Winchester brass, and a couple of boxes of 160g Accubond bullets arrived here today. The AB's will be worked up into loads for the Ruger. I have some Berger 168 on order to use in this most recent rifle.
I have the following projects going:
Load development and debugging of the Ruger 7-mag from my Nephew.
Finishing up the accurizing my Dad's old Winchester Model 70 and working up some deer loads for it.
Continuing and finishing load development for the Remington 700 BDL in .17 Remington I bought last fall.
The new 7-mag BVSS which will get a good bore and crown inspection, trigger adjustment, new pillars and DEVCON 10110 bedding before load development even starts.
Rebarreling my wife's sporterized -03 SPR.
On top of which there will be the weekly coyote hunt, countless ground hog hunts, horses to ride and take care of (I trim their feet among other things) ... how did I "ever" have time to work?
This is going to be a F U N