Just wanted to give a quick update on my old 300 H&H. Once I discovered that in spite of some barrel pitting that it had accuracy potential, I went to work making it a nice rifle for my sons. A gunsmith had previously drilled holes in the side of the receiver and installed a peep sight. I tig welded the screw holes back in and sanded the stock down in that area to blend in the chunk they had removed from the stock. I also opened up the barrel channel for a nice free float as the stock had been tight into the side of the barrel. I stripped it down, cold blued the entire rifle (that was a PITA) sanded and refinished the stock. I had the muzzle break from my other shot out barrel installed on this rifle. I installed a 20MOA canted scope base as I noticed for some reason on this receiver it requires tons of up adjustment to even get zeroed. I knew I wouldn't have enough scope adjustment for LR without a canted base. I installed a Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40AO with BDC. After zeroing at 100 yards, I have right around 32MOA of up available in the scope.
Now for the load:
There was only one bullet I wanted to run in this, the Berger 215 Hybrid. The goal was for this rifle to be a 0-750 yard rifle on elk. To keep this a magazine feeder for the kids I ended up seating the bullet .127" off. I kept load development as brief as possible with the component shortage I have. I worked up to a max load of 69.0 grains of H1000 which put my load density at a very happy 95-98%. I used Fed215GM's. Velocity is 2670fps and ES is under 7. The rifle has proven on paper targets to hold 1 MOA out to 800 yards and sometimes much better.
I took my oldest son up in the woods to do a little cross canyon shooting with it last weekend. I have a rock with a .75MOA white spot painted into it at 827 yards. I inputed everything into shooter, made the scope adjustments and let him fire the first shot. Boy did that 215 take a huge chunk out of my white paint on that rock!
I am excited that I was able to make a really nice weapon out of this old girl and it really blessed my uncle to see what it has become as he gave me the rifle.