Just exactly what are you trying to do with it first?
fluting will cost $135-180 on top of barrel. Why do it? You do not need it to cut weight. Just go with 26-30" Light varmint taper to .900-.950
ER Shaw barrels are ok for cheaper rifles, but it will cost $150 to chamber a cheap or expensive barrel so why go cheap. The cheap barrel will still cost $200. You can buy a lilja for $270 and PacNor or Broughton for about the same.
Send the gun to a good LR or BR gunsmith. No more expensive and you will get quality work.
I would consider the 7mm or 300 WSM
30-338 will give a longer neck and that is all over a 300 win. Velocity is same, but theoretical advantage in LR accuracy with custom bullets etc for 30-338. I have had two, but now I would go with 300 WSM or 7 WSM.
One of my current 300 WSMs has 2200 rounds down the tube and still shooting 6-8" ten shot groups at 1000. All the mags you mentioned will be gone by 1200-1500 tops.
[ 10-25-2004: Message edited by: BountyHunter ]