Originally Posted by Yoshie
trebark: You would assume correct, I would like to keep it as cost effective as possible without sacrificing too much accuracy and power. I am interrested in your second suggestion. What would all be involved with chambering the new barrel to 300 RUM? would i need a new bolt / extractor? and is it worth the extra cost/work(if there is any) to make it a 300 RUM?
If i went with the 'light custom' approach, i was thinking about these components:
-Bell & Carlson Medalist Weatherby Style Stock for Vanguard with Aluminum Bedding
-28" .308 cal Stainless Krieger barrel, fluted with a muzzle break in a 1-11 twist (this would allow me to shoot the heavy 210 bergers)
-Rifle Basix 12oz - 1.5lb trigger
Im not set on any specifics (manufacturer length contour etc). would you guys have any ideas?
28" Krieger, 1:11 twist is a nice set up for a 300RUM. You could even consider 1:10 if you wanted to shoot the 240grain SMK. How you go about having the rebarrel done is with a good gunsmith. They will walk you through the entire process. Essentially you lay out the parameters you want - length, contour, flutes (6, 8, 10 etc), choose the brake you want. Your smith will order the barrel and handle the chambering and install the brake. Your smith will also tell you about what needs to be done to your bolt face if that is necessary (I am not sure). You can get an idea of scope and cost of th project by talking with a gunsmith. I recommend Kevin Cram at Montour County Rifles. He built my 260 last year and I am going to pick up my 300RUM later this week. www.montourcountyrifles.com
My 260 by MCR
Is it all worth it? Of course, that depends. If you are getting acceptable accuracy from your current barrel, why change? I don't think you gain much ballistically to go from the Wby to the RUM.
I just thought of one more option....rechamber current barrel in 300RUM?? gunsmith could tell you if that is doable.
In terms of your stock and trigger choices, they're pretty good.