Originally Posted by KQguy
I am planning on buying a new 300 win mag,I alredy decided to get a Rem 700.I can't decide if I should get the Sendero model,or get a basic SPS model and get a Mcmillan stock for it.Either way,I will have close to the same amount of money in it.Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
BTW,style is not my concern,I just want the best shooting gun for the money.
The Sendero is a good starter long range platform. If you are anxious to get this rifle ready to shoot now, the custom stock will put you out a bit more time wise and money wise. The Sendero does still need a skim bed job despite the aluminum bedding block. A custom stock of fiberglass or carbon will need pillars and bedding glass.
With either rifle, check to make sure the trigger shoe has ridges on it. If it is smooth, pull it off and install a Jewell trigger. If it is ridged, it is the old style trigger and is much better than the new ones.
Btw, the 300 win mag is faster than a 300 wsm with any bullet weight you want to send out of it. If I were to build a wsm, I would build it on a long action (forget about the few ounces the short action saves you) and have a long throated reamer custom made. The I would seat the bullets way out and have some place to put some powder. Then it might get close to the 300 win mag. And the belt is a non-issue on the win mag. Using proper loading techniques, you will never know it is there. If it still bothers you, you can turn it off on a lathe very easy.
If you plan to "dress up" the rem 700 with sako extractors, fat recoil lugs, custom firing pin springs, shrouds, firing pins, and blueprinting, you will have MORE into it than if you had just ordered a custom receiver from the start. A stiller Predator is hard to beat for the money.