Re: Need help buying 300 wsm for under $1200
Get a Stevens 200 for about $300. Buy a prefit barrel, 26" varmint contour for about another $300.
Last thing get a good stock. Stockade, B&C Duramax, Choate Tactical, or a Stocky laminate. All of them are less than $300.
That should leave you with a little for rings and bases. I'd suggest Burris Xtreme bases with Signature Zee rings.
That should make you a kick butt rig.
If you go the Savage route, let me know. I have a barrel you might be interested in.