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Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?

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Unread 01-21-2005, 11:34 PM
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Re: Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?

Thanks for the advice center punch, i just might do that! (here it comes) however, I thought the RUM was a long action and the .308 was a short action. I didn't think that would work or rather if it did I would have a bolt/action about 1/2 to 1 inch to long? can you make a short action long or a long action short?
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Unread 01-21-2005, 11:55 PM
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Re: Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?

If you are starting from scratch why not buy a Winchester M-70 WSM rifle and get the feeding ability that they have spent a hell of a lot of effort to perfect? The short fat cases are not as easy to get to feed as longer cases, simple as that. Winchester is the best action for the WSM in many ways, they developed an action to fit those cases. Rem. 700's will work, you can have the bolt face opened up from a .308 etc. but you still have an action that was not originally designed to feed short, fat cases. The Wyatt box helps a bunch, but it is still not as nice to work with as a current WSM 70 magazine.
That is what we are doing for my next WSM, can hardly wait to get my hands on it. A brand new WSM Coyote made the supreme sacrifice and the action is becoming the basis of a new WSM project rifle.
End of sermon.
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Unread 01-22-2005, 10:53 AM
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Re: Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?

Thanks Ian, I had thought of that, however I want a detachable Mag. and was informed that nobody makes detachable magazines for the M70. Trust me, i was a little crest fallen when you consider the price of the 70 VS the 700. In addition to the added costs involved from converting a 308 to 300WSM VS a simple rebarrel restock and bed. But like most people I want what I want and am willing to pay for it. ( but not to the point of financing Winchesters R&D for a detachable magazine) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Unread 01-23-2005, 12:11 PM
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Re: Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?

I did not realise that you wanted a detachable mag, that throws my alternative out of the window, maybe i should of thought of that. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]. I have a friend who is also a left hooker and we spend many hours duscussing different action/barrel/calibre combos. He wanted a left hand heavy barrelled 300rum, the only way to get one at a reasonable price here in England would to buy a CDL and re-barrel it just as i suggested to you.

The 300WSM would mave been feasable in a long action fixed magazine remmy if a filler block was inserted into the mag box,you would also be able to use the biggest 30 cal bullets(220s,240s,)and have no trouble loading or ejecting live rounds through the longer port, a feature not inherant on the short or WSM actions. Actions can be cut and shut just like cars but the integrity of the action will be lost, i would'nt trust one so close to my face.

Centre Punch.
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Unread 01-24-2005, 12:19 PM
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Re: Rebarrel .308 remington to 300WSM?


May i suggest that you look at the Browning A-Bolt.It is available left hand in 300 WSM and also has a detachable magazine. In my opinion they are very good actions and an A-Bolt would make an excellent project gun. Keep us updated as to your progress as i am a fellow leftie and am always interested in any leftie projects.
Hope this helps.

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