I started this thread last year when I was starting a 7MM Wby build - my first project. Well, it is complete and here is the result.
After sifting through all the answers to my questions and other posts on this site, I settled on a 27 inch, #5 fluted, 1 in 9”, Lilja barrel and a B&C Medalist stock (same as factory Accumarks) to go with my Weatherby Mark V action (from an American .300Wby Sporter). On it, I put a Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 scope with target turrets and a mil-dot reticle. I mounted it with Warne medium rings on a Near base (10MOA). I had the leade cut for a 180gr Berger VLD hunting bullet and kept the .300 magazine box so I could use a longer COL. I was aiming to come in at 11 lbs (before sling and bipod) and hit it right on the button. I changed out the Warne rings - they were a little high – and replaced them with Leupold PRW low rings. Now I can get a good cheek meld with the stock.
Last fall, in another thread here, I requested a recommendation for a local gunsmith. Buffalobob recommended Eddie Harren, who did the work for me.
Thanks to all for their help while I was working my way through all the tradeoffs, and a special thanks to Buffalobob; Eddie was a pleasure to work with and I am very happy with the product. In fact, he is now in the process of helping me cure some problems with my .270WSM Sako.
I have had a couple of limited range sessions with the gun, which I have used to home in on a powder and charge range. But it looks like it will be a shooter and I am confident that once I work my way through all the loading variables, I will have exactly what I was hoping for. Fine tuning the load will be a great project for the rest of the winter.
Thanks again to all for their help and time. I learned a lot. This was my first project – but it won’t be my last.